Machine Gesture and Sign Language Recognition
Note: the following is just a little out of date, but I'd be happy to include any corrections.
Machine gesture and sign language recognition is, as the name
suggests, about recognition of gestures and/or sign language using
computers. A number of hardware techniques are used for gathering
information about body positioning; typically either image-based
(using cameras, moving lights etc) or device-based (using instrumented
gloves, styli, position trackers etc.), although hybrids are beginning
to come about.
However, getting the data is only the first step. The second step,
that of recognising the sign or gesture once it has been captured is
much more challenging, especially in a continuous stream.
In fact currently, this is the focus of the research.
This page tries to include links to online information on this subject
on the 'Net, and to stay up-to-date as far as conferences and so on
If you have any suggestions, corrections or additions, please don't
hesitate to mail me.
- 2 October 2002
- Added Information about Ipke's great list of Gesture Conferences.
- 21 November 2001
- Added Richard Bowden to the list of researchers in gesture recognition.
- A useful source of information is the mailing list
GESTURE-L. Click here to
subscribe to the newsgroup. Include the words
gesture-l. You can also search the archive
and the Welcome message.
Update: Gesture-l is being shut down; but hopefully, an
alternative will be set up. Several people have
volunteered. Stay tuned for more info as it comes to hand.
- Much of the technology used and some of the topics overlap into
the area of virtual reality. The moderated newsgroup
sci.virtual-worlds is a great source of
information on some of the technical aspects, such as gloves and
so on. The newsgroup is moderated by Toni
Emerson who works for the HIT Lab at the University of
Washington. Of particular usefulness is the ftp
archive they have over there. HIT Lab is dedicated to
providing info about VR.
- Sherman Wilcox is
working on a multimedia dictionary for ASL. Currently he has a
working application that runs on Macs.
If you have any information that you know about that's useful to sign
language and gesture recognition, please don't hesitate to mail me. My e-mail address
- Gesture In Human-Computer Interaction: A list put together by
Ipke Wachsmuth of previous and future conferences on
Human-Computer Interaction. Very useful.
- Gesture Workshop
'96: This conference was held in York, England on Tuesday
19th March 1996.
Conference on Disablity, Virtual Reality and Associated
Technologies: This was held in Reading, England on 8th-10th
July 1996. Not directly relevant, but since the instrumented
gloves are an "associated technology", maybe a few papers on gesture
recognition could get a look-in.
- WIGLS is the
Workshop on the Integration of Gesture and Language in Speech,
organised by Lynn Messing (see above).
International Conference on Face and Gesture
Recognition: This was held in Killington, Vermont, USA from
October 13 to October 16.
Bielefeld Gesture Workshop 1997 was held from 17-19th
- Gesture Workshop
'99, the Third Gesture Workshop occurred on 17 - 19
March 1999, at Gif-sur-Yvette, near Paris.