Publications

Wolfe, R. Technology for Inclusion Panel presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Houston, TX, October 19-21, 2016. PDF
De Nardin, R. Using an animated avatar to recreate gestures to improve the communication in LIBRAS in virtual environments. Poster presented at the XXVIII Salão de Iniciação Científica UFRGS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil (Sep 12-16, 2016)
McDonald, J., Wolfe, R., Wilbur, R., Moncrief, R., Malaia, E., Fujimoto, S., Baowidan, S., and Stec, J. A new tool to facilitate prosodic analysis of motion capture data and a data-driven technique for the improvement of avatar motion. Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpus Mining Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) Portorož, Slovenia, 28 May 2016. PDF
McDonald, J., Wolfe, R., Moncrief, R. and Baowidan, S. A computational model of role shift to support the synthesis of signed language. Presented at the 12th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) Melbourne, Australia, January 4-7, 2016. PDF
Shiver, B. N., & Wolfe, R. J. (2015, October). Evaluating Alternatives for Better Deaf Accessibility to Selected Web-Based Multimedia. In Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (pp. 231-238). ACM. PDF
Ebling, S., Wolfe, R., Schnepp, J., Baowidan, S., McDonald, J., Moncrief, R., Sidler-Miserez, S., and Tissi, T. Synthesizing the finger alphabet of Swiss German Sign Language and evaluating the comprehensibility of the resulting animations. In 6th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), p. 10-13. 2015. PDF
Wolfe, R., McDonald, J., Toro, J., Baowidan, S., Moncrief, R. and Schnepp, J. Promoting Better Deaf/Hearing Communication Through an Improved Interaction Design for Fingerspelling Practice. In Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Access to Today's Technologies, pp. 495-505. Springer International Publishing, 2015. PDF
McDonald, J., Wolfe, R., Schnepp, J., Hochgesang, J., Jamrozik, D., Stumbo, M., Berke, L., Bialek, M., and Thomas, F. An automated technique for real-time production of lifelike animations of American Sign Language. Universal Access in the Information Society (2015): 1-16. PDF
Moncrief, R., Baowidan, S. Stumbo, M. Biomechanical kinematics from linguistic data: A case study for role shift. Presented at DePaul SOCRS-15, May 2015. PDF
Wolfe, R., McDonald, J., Moncrief, R., Baowidan, S., Stumbo, M. Inferring biomechanical kinematics from linguistic data: A case study for role shift Symposium on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT 2015) Paris, France. 9-10 Apr 2015. PDF
McDonald, J., Wolfe, R., Moncrief, R., Baowidan, S. & Schnepp, J. A Kinematic Model for Constructed Dialog in American Sign Language. 6th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, San Diego, CA, July 8-11, 2014. PDF
Wolfe, R., McDonald, J. & Bialek, M. Using annotated material for working on translations: Annotation of nonmanual signals for automatic sign language generation. Workshop ‘SignNonmanuals’ Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria May 11-12, 2014. PDF
Toro, J. A., McDonald, J., Wolfe, R. Fostering better deaf/hearing communication through a novel mobile app for fingerspelling. Computers Helping People with Special Needs. Springer International Publishing, 2014. 559-564. PDF
Wolfe, R., McDonald., J., Berke, L. & Stumbo, M. Expanding n-gram analytics in ELAN and a case study for sign synthesis. Proceedings of the 9th Edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 26-31, 2014. WOLFE14.6. PDF
McDonald, J., Wolfe, R., Moncrief, R. & Baowidan, S. Analysis for synthesis: Investigating corpora for supporting the automatic generation of role shift. Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Beyond the Manual Channel. Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC) Reykjavik, Iceland, 31 May 2014. 117-122. PDF
Berke, L., and Stumbo, M. Exploring Corpus Analysis for Coarticulation in ASL ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. Seattle, WA, February 5-8, 2014. PDF
Schnepp, J.; Wolfe, R.; McDonald, J. Modeling synchrony and cooccurrence for nonmanual signals in American Sign Language. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) Conference 11. University College London, London, UK, July 10-13, 2013. PDF
Schnepp, J.; Wolfe, R.; McDonald, J. & Toro, J. Generating Co-occurring Facial Nonmanual Signals in Synthesized American Sign Language. Eighth International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP). Barcelona, Spain, February 21-24, 2013. pages 407-416. PDF
Schnepp, J.; Wolfe, R.; McDonald, J. & Toro, J. Combining emotion and facial nonmanual signals in synthesized American Sign Language. Proceedings of the 14th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility (ASSETS '12) pp. 249-250. PDF
Wolfe, R.; McDonald, J.; Toro, J. & Schnepp, J. A Proposal for Making Corpora More Accessible for Synthesis: A Case Study Involving Pointing and Agreement Verbs. Fifth Workshop on the Presentation and Processing of Sign Languages: Connections between Corpus and Lexicon. The Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC). Istanbul, Turkey May 27, 2012. pp 163-166. PDF
Jerry Schnepp and Brent Shiver. Improving Deaf Accessibility in Remote Usability Testing. Poster presented at the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Dundee, Scotland, UK (Oct 24-26, 2011). pp 255-256. PDF
Jerry Schnepp, Rosalee Wolfe, Brent Shiver, John McDonald and Jorge Toro. SignQUOTE: A Remote Testing Facility for Eliciting Signed Qualitative Feedback. Paper presented at Second International Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT), Dundee, Scotland, UK. (Oct 23, 2011) PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Peter Cook, John C. McDonald, Jerry Schnepp. Linguistics as structure in computer animation: Toward a more effective synthesis of brow motion in American Sign Language. Nonmanuals in Sign Language Special issue of Sign Language & Linguistics 14:1 (2011) Edited by Annika Herrmann and Markus Steinbach. 179-199. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, John C. McDonald, Jerry Schnepp, Jorge Toro. Synthetic and acquired corpora: Meeting at the annotation. Presented at the workshop Building Sign Language Corpora in North America. Washington, DC, May 21, 2011. PDF
Brent Shiver. Utilizing automatic speech recognition to improve Deaf accessibility on the Web. Proceedings of the DePaul CDM School of Computing Research Symposium (SOCRS 2011) Chicago, IL pp. 4-8. PDF
Robyn Kelley and Bill Gobber. Toward a more flexible believable model of the human hand for American Sign Language synthesis. Poster presented at the DePaul CDM School of Computing Research Symposium (SOCRS 2011) Chicago, IL PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, John McDonald, and Jerry Schnepp. An Avatar to Depict Sign Language: Building from Reusable Hand Animation. Presented at the International Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT) Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin, Germany. January 10-11, 2011. PDF
Diana Gorman Jamrozik, Mary Jo Davidson, John C. McDonald and Rosalee Wolfe. Teaching Students to Decipher Fingerspelling through Context: A New Pedagogical Approach. Proceedings of the 17th National Convention Conference of Interpreter Trainers. San Antonio, TX. October 27-30, 2010, pp. 35-47. PDF
Jerry Schnepp, Rosalee Wolfe, John C. McDonald. Synthetic Corpora: A Synergy of Linguistics and Computer Animation Fourth Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies LREC 2010. Valetta, Malta. May 23, 2010. PDF
Diana Gorman Jamrozik and Rosalee Wolfe. Using Contextual Cues in Deciphering Fingerspelling: New Discoveries and Techniques Deaf Studies Today! Orem, Utah. April 8, 2010.
Diana Gorman Jamrozik and Rosalee Wolfe. New Findings in Fingerspelling Recognition: What it Means for You. The 2009 RID National Conference. Philadelphia, PA. August 4, 2009. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Peter Cook, John McDonald and Jerry Schnepp, Toward a Better Understanding of Nonmanual Signals through Acquisition and Synthesis. Presented at Nonmanuals in Sign Languages (NISL) Frankfurt am Main, Germany. April 5, 2009. PDF
Karen Alkoby. Toward True ASL Dictionaries: New Development in Handshape Similarity. Deaf Studies Today! Orem, Utah, April 12, 2008. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Davidson, Mary Jo, and McDonald, John. Using Technology to Individualize Learning Experiences in Reading Curricula for Deaf Students. The 23rd Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. Los Angeles, CA March 13, 2008. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, McDonald, John, Davidson, Mary Jo, and Frank, Carrie. Using an Animation-based Technology to Support Reading Curricula for Deaf Elementary Schoolchildren. The 22nd Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. Los Angeles, CA March 21, 2007 PDF
Davidson, Mary Jo. PAULA: A Computer-Based Sign Language Tutor for Hearing Adults. The Eighth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS 2006): Teaching with Agents, Robots, and NLP. Jhongli, Taiwan, 2006. PDF
Lindsay Semler, Lesley Carhart, and Rosalee Wolfe, The Automation of Non-manual Signals of Declarative Sentences in American Sign Language. DePaul CTI Research Symposium (CTIRS) & Midwest Software Engineering Conference (MSEC). Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, April 29th, 2006. PDF
Jerry Schnepp, Towards Computerized Synthesis of Nonmanual Signals in American Sign Language. DePaul CTI Research Symposium (CTIRS) & Midwest Software Engineering Conference (MSEC). Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, April 29th, 2006. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Nora Alba, Stacey Billups, Mary Jo Davidson, Cindy Dwyer, Diana Gorman Jamrozik,   Lori Smallwood, Karen Alkoby, Lesley Carhart, Damien Hinkle, Amy Hitt, Brian Kirchman, Glenn Lancaster, John McDonald, Lindsay Semler,  Jerry Schnepp, Brent Shiver, Anna Suh, Jeffrey Young. An Improved Tool for Fingerspelling Recognition. Technology and Persons with Dsabilities Conference 2006. California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles, CA March 20-25, 2006. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Using CG to Improve Deaf Accessibility to the Hearing World. Special presentation as part of the Sony IPAX Imageworks Professional Academic Excellences. Culver City, CA, August 24, 2005
John McDonald, Rosalee Wolfe, Karen Alkoby, Roymeico Carter, Mary Jo Davidson, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Bret Kroll, Glenn Lancaster, Lori Smallwood, Nedjla Ougouag, Jerry Schnepp, Achieving Consistency in an FK/IK Interface for a Seven Degree of Freedom Kinematic Chain. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Interactive Digital Media 2005, Plzen, Czech Republic, February 2005, pp 171-179. PDF
Jorge Toro, Automated 3D Animation System to Inflect Agreement Verbs. Proceedings of the Sixth High Desert Linguistics Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 4-6, 2004. PDF
Alba, N., Billups, S., Wolfe, R., Dwyer, C., Davidson, M.J., Alkoby, K., McDonald, J., Tsang, R., Toro, J., Young, J., Lancaster, G., Schmidt, P., Mansueto, J., Schnepp, J., Shiver, B. A Fingerspelling Learning Tool [presentation]. DePaul Science Showcase, Chicago, IL. November 5, 2004.
Rosalee Wolfe and John McDonald, American Sign Language Pilot Project. Presented at the Disability Coalition Conference, sponsored by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Washington DC, August 6, 2003.
Glenn Lancaster, Karen Alkoby, Jeff Campen, Roymieco Carter, Mary Jo Davidson, Dan Ethridge, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Bret Kroll, Ryan Layesa, Barbara Loeding, John McDonald, Nedjla Ougouag, Jerry Schnepp, Lori Smallwood, Prabhakar Srinivasan, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe. Voice Activated Display of American Sign Language for Airport Security. Technology and Persons with Dsabilities Conference 2003. California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles, CA March 17-22, 2003. PDF
Jacob Furst, Karen Alkoby, Nedjla Ougouag-Tiouririne, Roymiceo Carter, Juliet Christopher, Mary Jo Davidson, Dan Ethridge, Damien Hinkle, Glenn Lancaster, John McDonald, Lori Smallwood, Jorge Toro, Shuang Xu, Rosalee Wolfe. Making Airport Security Accessible to the Deaf. Proceedings of the Fifth IASTAD International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging, Kaua'i, HI, August 2002. pp. 38-43. PDF
John McDonald, Karen Alkoby, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Mary Jo Davidson, Dan Ethridge, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Glenn Lancaster, Lori Smallwood, Nedjla Ougouag-Tiouririne, Jorge Toro, Shuang Xu, Rosalee Wolfe, A Direct Method for Positioning the Arms of a Human Model. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2002, May 27-29, 2002, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 99-106. PDF
John McDonald, Jorge Toro, Karen Alkoby, André Berthiaume, Roymieco Carter, Pattaraporn Chomwong, Juliet Christopher, Mary Jo Davidson, Jacob Furst, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Lopa Roychoudhuri, Eric Sedgwick, Noriko Tomuro, Rosalee Wolfe: An improved articulated model of the human hand. The Visual Computer 17 (3) May 2001. 158-166. PDF
Jorge Toro, Jacob Furst, Karen Alkoby, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Brock Craft, Mary Jo Davidson, Damien Hinkle, Glenn Lancaster, Ashley Morris, John McDonald, Eric Sedgwick, Rosalee Wolfe. An Improved Graphical Environment for Transcription and Display of American Sign Language. Information 4 (4) October 2001. 533-539. PDF
Mary Jo Davidson, Karen Alkoby, Eric Sedgwick, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Brock Craft, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steve Luecking, Ashley Morris, John McDonald, Noriko Tomuro, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe. Improved Hand Animation for American Sign Language. Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference 2001. California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles, CA. March 19-24, 2001. PDF
Eric Sedgwick, Karen Alkoby, Mary Jo Davidson, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Brock Craft, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steve Luecking, Ashley Morris, John McDonald, Noriko Tomuro, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe. Toward the Effective Animation of American Sign Language. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Interactive Digital Media. Plyen, Czech Republic, February 6 - 9, 2001. 375-378. PDF
Brock Craft, Damien Hinkle, Eric Sedgwick, Karen Alkoby, Mary Jo Davidson, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Jacob Furst, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steve Luecking, Ashley Morris, John McDonald, Noriko Tomuro, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe. An Approach To Modeling Facial Expressions Used In American Sign Language. Presented At The 2000 DePaul CTI Research Conference, Chicago, IL November 4, 2000. PDF
Mary Jo Davidson, Karen Alkoby, Eric Sedgwick, Andre Berthiaume, Roymieco Carter, Juliet Christopher, Brock Craft, Jacob Furst, Damien Hinkle, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steve Luecking, Ashley Morris, John McDonald, Noriko Tomuro, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe.Usability Testing of Computer Animation of Fingerspelling for American Sign Language. Presented at the 2000 DePaul CTI Research Conference, Chicago, IL, November 4, 2000. PDF
Jacob Furst, Karen Alkoby, Andre Berthiaume, Pattaraporn Chomwong, Mary Jo Davidson, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steven Lytinen, John McDonald, Lopa Roychoudhuri, Jorge Toro, Noriko Tomuro, Rosalee Wolfe. Database Design for American Sign Language. Proceedings of the ISCA 15th International Conference on Computers and Their Applications (CATA-2000). 427-430. PDF
Noriko Tomuro, Karen Alkoby, Andre Berthiaume, Pattaraporn Chomwong, Mary Jo Davidson, Jacob Furst, Brian Konie, Glenn Lancaster, Steven Lytinen, John McDonald, Lopa Roychoudhuri, Jorge Toro, Rosalee Wolfe. An Alternative Method for Building A Database for American Sign Language. Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference 2000. California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles, CA March 20-25, 2000. PDF
Karen Alkoby and Eric Sedgwick, Using a Computer to Fingerspell. DeafExpo 99, San Diego, CA, November 19-22, 1999.
Karen Alkoby. A Survey of ASL Tenses. Presented at the 1999 DePaul CTI Research Conference, Chicago, IL, November 6, 1999. PDF
Rosalee Wolfe, Karen Alkoby, Jamita Barnett, Pattaraporn Chomwong, Jacob Furst, Gary Honda, Glenn Lancaster, Frank "Tony" Lavoie, Steven Lytinen, John McDonald, Lopa Roychoudhuri, Carolyn Taylor, Noriko Tomuro, Jorge Toro. An Interface for Transcribing American Sign Language. SIGGRAPH 99 Sketches, August 11, 1999. PDF

 

Grants and Awards

  • 2014 Improvements to facial expressions in American Sign Language. DePaul University Undergraduate Research Assistant Program $1350
  • 2013-2014 Third International Symposium on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT 2013) DePaul University Research Council, $4985
  • 2013 Third International Symposium on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT 2013) Special grant from DePaul CDM $5000
  • 2013-2014 Applying coarticulation to a generative model of American Sign Language, CREU Program, $7,500
  • 2013 Additions to a lexicon for ASL synthesis, DePaul University Undergraduate Research Assistant Program $1350
  • 2012 Toward a Real-Time Display of a Signing Avatar, CREU Program $12,300
  • 2012 Toward a synthetic ASL corpus, DePaul University URAP, $675
  • 2012 Additions to a lexicon for synthetic ASL, DePaul University URAP $1350
  • 2011 A video dictionary of throwing, pulling, and lifting, DePaul University URC grant. $3485
  • 2009-2010 Michael Reece Health Trust. Acquiring health-related vocabulary for ASL practice tool. In collaboration with Mt. Sinai's Deaf Access Program. $10,000.
  • 2005 NSF CREU Program, Automatic generation of nonmanual signals in declarative sentences in American Sign Language. $2500.
  • 2004 NSF Travel grant to attend Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference (TISLR 8) in Barcelona, Sep 8 - Oct 2. Karen Alkoby. $1000.
  • 2004-2005 NSF CREU Program. A Fingerspelling Tutoring Tool. Rosalee Wolfe and John McDonald. $2500.
  • 2004 DePaul URAS Grant. Display Engine for Fingerspelling. John McDonald. $680.
  • 2004 Dixon Association for Retarded Citizens. Enhancements to a Practice Tool for Learning Sign Language. Rosalee Wolfe and John McDonald. $3000.
  • 2004. State of Illinois Department of Human Services. Volunteer Services Recognition. ASL Team.
  • 2003-2004 NSF CREW Program, Automating Rendering of ASL Signs. John McDonald and Jacob Furst. $2200.
  • 2003 Speech Technology Magazine. Most Innovative Solutions Award. ASL Team.
  • 2002 Dixon Association for Retarded Citizens. A Practice Tool for Learning Sign Language. Rosalee Wolfe and John McDonald. $3000.
  • 2002 DePaul University URC grant. Speech Recognition for Airport Security. Glenn Lancaster. $3000.
  • 2002 Innovative Systems Group. Increasing Accessibility of Airport Security. ASL Team. $2000.
  • 2001 DePaul URC grant, Vocabulary for Airport Security. Jacob Furst. $3000.
  • 2000 DePaul URC grant, Nonmanual signals for American Sign Language. Roymeico Carter. $3000.
  • 2000 DePaul URAS grant, A Digital Human Model for English to American Sign Language translation. Eric Sedgwick and Brian Konie. $680.
  • 1999-2000 DePaul QIC grant, An Object-Oriented Three-Dimensional Graphics System. John McDonald.
  • 1999-2000 DePaul URC grant. Jacob Furst. $3000
  • 1999 Stokoe Award. Karen Alkoby.$2000
  • 1998 UNISYS grant. ASL team $2000.

News

  • 2015 Sarah Ebling, a doctoral student at the University of Zurich, spent a month with the ASL group to study fingerspelling automation.
  • 2013 Larwan Berke participated in the 2013 DREU program, sponsored by cra.org.
  • 2013 Brent N. Shiver successfully defended his dissertation, Improving Deaf Accessibility to Web-based Multimedia.
  • 2013 DePaul University hosted the Third International Symposium on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology (SLTAT)
  • 2011 Jerry Clyde Schnepp successfully defended his dissertation, A Representation of Selected Nonmanual Signals in American Sign Language.
  • 2008 Karen Lynne Alkoby successfully defended her dissertation, An Analytic Model for Handshape Similarity in American Sign Language. Karen was the first Deaf woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science.
  • 2005 Jorge Andres Toro successfully defended his dissertation, Automatic verb agreement in computer synthesized depictions of American Sign Language.
  • 2005 Mary Jo Davidson successfully defended her dissertation, A practical approach to sign language learning for institutional staff.
  • 2004 Several team members presented their work at MidGraph 2004: Jorge Toro, Jerry Schnepp, Pete Schmitt, MaryJo Davidson, Stacey Billups and Nora Alba.
  • 2004 Stacey Billups and Nora Alba presented their work on developing a fingerspelling tutoring tool at the DePaul Science Showcase (Nov 5th)
  • 2004 Karen Alkoby was invited to Sign WISE workshop at Gallaudet University. Aug 5-8, Washington DC
  • 2004 Jorge Toro gave an invited workshop at the International Conference in Human Computer Interaction (Interaccion 2004), University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain. May 3-7, 2004.