Domain Specific Sign Language Animation for Virtual Characters

Marco Romeo, Alun Evans, Daniel Pacheco, Josep Blat


This paper describes the design, implementation and results of a system to animate a virtual character to sign in International Sign (IS) By automatically parsing the input data, the system blends animations smoothly together in order to create a coherent and understandable presentation in sign language, with equal importance assigned to both hand and facial animation. Following the blending step, a video is rendered in a variety of formats suitable for distribution. The system was created in collaboration with groups of people with impaired hearing who were fluent in IS, and who were able to validate the results. We present a test case of the system in the shape of ‘Borja’, a virtual character who signed biweekly updates of the Barcelona World Race sailing regatta 2010/2011.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Romeo M., Evans A., Pacheco D. and Blat J. (2014). Domain Specific Sign Language Animation for Virtual Characters . In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-002-4, pages 487-494. DOI: 10.5220/0004688104870494

in Bibtex Style

author={Marco Romeo and Alun Evans and Daniel Pacheco and Josep Blat},
title={Domain Specific Sign Language Animation for Virtual Characters},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2014)
TI - Domain Specific Sign Language Animation for Virtual Characters
SN - 978-989-758-002-4
AU - Romeo M.
AU - Evans A.
AU - Pacheco D.
AU - Blat J.
PY - 2014
SP - 487
EP - 494
DO - 10.5220/0004688104870494