Research into synthesised speech and audio description

Tuesday, 2 March 2010 15:26pm

IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study via an online survey on the applicability of speech synthesis for audio description of Web-based video, and are looking for adults who are blind or vision impaired to participate in the research. The study asks for people to provide opinions on a series of videos with synthesised description.

Once the study is completed, NCAM will share the results. NCAM is keen to stress that it does not intend to substitute synthesised speech into its regular audio description for movies and TV programs. It is part of a long-term study looking at the use of these technologies across a range of applications. 

For more information, see NCAM's website.


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