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Flagship Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (IICT)

  • Consortium meeting @ UZH, March 2022

  • Consortium meeting @ ICARE, September 2022

  • Consortium meeting @ Idiap, February 2023

  • Consortium meeting @ HfH, June 2023


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"Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies" (IICT) is a four-year project with an overall budget of  12.3 million CHF supported by the Swiss Innovation Agency (Innosuisse) under its flagship scheme.

The goal of the IICT flagship is to develop information and communication technologies (ICT) for persons with disabilities. Therefore, the flagship targets five applications in the context of accessibility: text simplification, sign language translation, sign language assessment, audio description, and spoken subtitles. Within the flagship, each application constitutes its own subproject, with tight connections between the subprojects through shared technologies such as artificial intelligence techniques. The user-centered approach of the flagship will lead to innovations that support persons with hearing, visual, and cognitive impairments on the one hand, and hearing sign language learners on the other hand. The latter emphasize the notion of accessibility as a bidirectional concept. The flagship also subscribes to a participatory approach by including persons with disabilities in all phases of the research and development cycles.

The flagship is led by the Department of Computational Linguistics at the University of Zürich and consists of a consortium  of  five research partners overall, with subcontracting of an additional foreign research partner and six implementation partners. Together, the flagship partners are among the primary stakeholders in the field of inclusive ICTs in Switzerland.

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The IICT flagship is supported by the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse under grant agreement number PFFS-21-47.

Flagship supportet by Innosuisse

Project duration

March 2022 to February 2026

Principal investigator

Prof. Dr. Sarah Ebling

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