1st International ICST Workshop on Designing with Care

Research Article

Designing health care applications for the deaf

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        author={Paolo Prinetto and Gabriele Tiotto and Andrea  Del Principe},
        title={Designing health care applications for the deaf},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Designing with Care},
        keywords={Sign-Language Synthesis; Virtual Signing; Esinclusion;Accessibility; Automatic Translation},
  • Paolo Prinetto
    Gabriele Tiotto
    Andrea Del Principe
    Year: 2009
    Designing health care applications for the deaf
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.6072
Paolo Prinetto1,*, Gabriele Tiotto1,*, Andrea Del Principe2,*
  • 1: Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy.
  • 2: Centro Ricerche ed Innovazione Tecnologica, RAI, Turin, Italy.
*Contact email: Paolo.Prinetto@polito.it, gabriele.tiotto@polito.it, a.falletto@rai.it


This paper addresses the topic of the inclusion of deaf people in the health care context. It discusses the results of recent researches developed in the design of an application for the automatic translation from the Italian to the Italian Sign Language of the deaf. The system allows the translation and visualization of the signs through a virtual avatar with the aim of improving the service quality and the accessibility of healthcare structures. This work proposes a system under development to be fully portable as a support of the ICT infrastructure or as a web service in pervasive health applications.