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Activities in progress

The activities developed by the team can be divided in three different categories: pure research activities, activities concerning the experimentation and optimization of the assistive technologies and activities of dissemination of the results on the territory.

  • In collaboration with Prof. Cerruti of the Department of Mathematics G.Peano and in the framework of the project "Methodologies, technologies, materials and activities for accessible and inclusive actions for learning math" we started to work on an algorithm of pattern recognition aimed at the realization of an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) specific for mathematical formulas.
  • Application of NLG (Natural Language Generation) techniques for the accessibility of scientific documents. Specifically, it will be studied the use of speech synthesis with algorithmic techniques for describing figures, tables and mathematical formulae.
Experimentation of assistive technologies
  • Study of the LaTeX language as means to read and write in an accessible way texts containing formulae. In particular the Team is dealing with the study and the realisation of a LaTeX package designed to create accessible PDF documents with mathematical content. For more informations about the LaTeX language look at the dedicated page at the following link .
  • Production of texts (academic and educational) containing accessible formulae and graphs for blind/low vision people and in general for disabled people or DSA students(Treaty of Marrakesh, 2013), in the setting of the agreement between I.Ri.Fo.R./UICI (Institure for Research, Education and Rehabilitation/Italian Union of Blind and Low Vision people) and the University of Turin.
  • Study of aptic technologies.
  • Experimentation, testing and optimization of hardware and software (also purchased by I.Ri.Fo.R.) which facilitate the access to texts that contain formulas, charts and tables by the visually impaired. Some tests were carried out by students and volunteers who are blind/visually impaired both with their personal equipment (speech synthesis/braille display) and with the equipment available for the university group, in order to (hopefully) propose to the visually impaired innovative solutions. The volunteers also experienced the access to graphs obtained with the Emprint embosser and with the Minolta oven, providing tips and advice to improve the quality of printouts. We are writing clear and detailed booklets with whom a visually impaired can, independently, choose and use the solutions which he finds more suitable. The booklets can be found at the following link

  • We intend to develop a version of entrance tests and TARM (Test Assessment of Minimum Qualifications) accessible by screen readers and braille displays. The test will be accessible through the use of MathML and MathPlayer. Later we intend to test the obtained result with the aid of visually impaired volunteers.
  • Production of a database of the videotapes of the classes of the Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics. Prof. Capietto has been included in the project HackUnito SciVoLi (Science, Video, online) of the Scuola di Scienze della Natura of the University of Turin in the academic e-learning project.
Dissemination on the territory
  • Consultation for a visually impaired student attending his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics for the Finance, University of Turin, in order to advice and help him in the research of accessible texts with mathematical content.
  • Consultation for a visually impaired student attending his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Turin, in order to advice and help her in the use of accessible software for data analysis.
  • Consultation to companies interested to assume disabled people with high qualification (in the setting of the project D.A.P.A.R.I. ). Companies are informed about the tasks that people with some disabilities can do with the best results. The tasks that are subjects of consultation concern mainly: a) the use of accessible means(in particular on the web), b) the identification of relational paths between seeing people, blind people and low vision people, c) the awareness, with polls and questionnaires, of expectations and problems of the companies about the inclusion of disable people with high qualification and the supply of technologies designed to the accessibility.