Research for Hearing-Impaired Individuals

02/02/2016

A conference organized by the RWTH Aachen SignGes Competence Center presented the newest results in gesture and sign research.

  people standing in front of a bust of Charlemagne Copyright: Andreas Schmitter Professor Willmes-von Hinckeldey (Managing Director), Professor Mittelberg (Deputy Managing Director), Dr. Grote (Scientific Executive Director) and Dr. Kramer (Scientific Executive Director).

What is the important of gesturing and sign language, two similar forms of communication but that are used differently, within cultural communication? This questions was the focus of the conference held by the RWTH SignGes Comptence Center in the Ford Hall of the SuperC.

Professionals from RWTH, University Hospital Aachen, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, and other German universities presented fundamental research projects and application-oriented projects in transdisciplinary lectures and presentations. Focus was placed not only on new neuroscientific findings from the field of gesture and sign language research but also on topics such as multimodality, transformation processes of media culture, diversity and inclusion, and blended learning applications. "The development of handicap accessible applications for the hearing-impaired is at the center of our research," said Dr. Florian Kramer, scientific executive director of SignGes.

The conference was accompanied by a tour through Centre Charlemagne. SignGes produced over 600 videos for the museum, making all digital information available in German sign language in addition to German, Dutch, and French.

Source: Press and Communications

 

External Links

  • SignGes Homepage

    Information about the conference will be available as videos with sound, subtitles, and sign language interpreters on the SignGes homepage.