Horacio Saggion
PhD., MSc., Lic. in Computer Science

I am Associate Professor and head of the Large Scale Text Understanding Systems Lab in the TALN Group at the Department of Information and Communication TechnologiesUniversitat Pompeu Fabra.

My main research interest is Computational Linguistics. I work in the areas of Text Summarization, Information Extraction and Semantic Analysis.

I was involved in  research and development  with the  GATE platform from the year 2000.

I am the creator of the SUMMA Summarization system.

I was the principal investigator of the projects Simplext and Able to Include which resulted in our multilingual text simplification technology.

Our Dr Inventor Text Mining Library for Scientific Documents is available for research purposes.

For commercial exploitation of our technology (summarization, extraction, simplification, etc.) please get in touch with us.

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Crowdfunding for Kolumba

Crowdfunding for Kolumba

03.12.2017

https://www.upf.edu/web/fund/kolumba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qOp9hnUhnE

While our society has made good progress bringing down physical barriers in the work-place for people with physical impairments, access to employment for people with intellectual disabilities continues to be limited, specially in Spain. Indeed, in this digitalized XXI Century, where we depend so much on information and communication technologies in the workplace, people with intellectual disabilities are in clear disadvantages. For example, computer mediated communication such as e-mail clients which are necessary in the work-place are not well designed for people with intellectual disabilities.    These programs can be very difficult to operate  because of their complicated menus or unclear functionalities.  Moreover, the main functionality of an e-mail client -- send and receive messages -- is not well adapted for a person with intellectual disabilities. Indeed, it has been suggested that in order for a message to be understood by  people  with intellectual disabilities, the text has to be written in an easy-to-read language (e.g. simplified text).  The fact that e-mail clients do not incorporate assistive technology such as text simplification limits access to the digital world and the work-place by people with intellectual disabilities.

            Kolumba, an e-mail client specially designed for people with intellectual disabilities and maintained by our research laboratory, includes text simplification technology, text-to-pictogram translation, and voice synthesis, easing access to information by people with intellectual disabilities.

            Kolumba is a technology which fills a gap in the field of accessibility, however Kolumba is for the moment a prototype which needs improvements before it can be released to the public. 


 

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