Making Media Accessible – Developing tools for audio-visual data in the MeMad-project

Online event
17.00 - 18.00

The panel discussion is streamed over the Zoom platform. Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 654 5992 9887. Passcode: memad

We rely on audio-visual media for entertainment and information but what if you could not access that media due to restrictions in hearing or sight, or language barriers? Can technology help by transforming speech into writing, visuals into language and by translating languages? This panel reflects on media accessibility from a technological perspective. We discuss current technologies, unsolved problems and potential developments. Panel discussion is organized by Goethe-Institut Finnland and MeMad-project.

Moderator: Associate Professor Maija Hirvonen (Tampere University and University of Helsinki)

Panelists: Associate Professor Mikko Kurimo (Aalto University), Professor Jörg Tiedemann (University of Helsinki), Dr Tiina Tuominen (Yleisradio), Solution Architect Tiina Lindh-Knuutila (Lingsoft Language Services Oy), Head of Access Services Minna Pöntys (Yleisradio), Audio Description Educator Eija-Liisa Markkula (head of the audio description committee of the Cultural Service for the Visually Impaired in Finland).

The event is open to everybody. The language of the event is English. It will be interpreted into Finnish sign language and into speech-to-text (English). The audience can participate via chat or by the raise hand-function/ microphone. To ensure that the interpretation works smoothly, the audience needs to install the Zoom-app on the computer/ laptop (Windows: at least version 5.2.1 (44052.0816), Apple: at least version 5.2.1 (44040.0816) or newer versions). You can also take part with a mobile device (Android: at least version 5.2.1 (44042.0816); iOS: at least version 5.2.1 (44038.0816) or newer versions).