Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies

Communication is an essential requirement for social participation. Digital transformation and the ongoing pandemic have increased the digital divide with respect to access to information and communication for persons with disabilities. The aim of the proposed flagship is to develop ICT that provide access services for these target groups. This is done by radically changing the production workflows: A human-assisted machine scenario is targeted for processes that have hitherto been entirely human-based, and previously semi-automatic processes will be fully automated. The flagship targets five applications: text simplification, sign language translation, sign language assessment, audio description, spoken subtitles. Each application constitutes its own subproject, while tight connections between the subprojects exist through shared technologies. The flagship creates both economic and social value. Its consortium unites the primary stakeholders in the field of inclusive ICTs in Switzerland.
University of Zurich
CFS GmbH, Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP), University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Institut Icare, Idiap Research Institute, Federal Office for the Equality of Persons with Disabilities (OEPD), Swiss Federation of the Deaf (SGB-FSS), UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, SWISS TXT
Innosuisse - Swiss Innovation Agency
Mar 14, 2022
Mar 13, 2026