TransMedia Catalonia is an interdisciplinary research group led by Dr Pilar Orero at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). It has its origin in an international research group created in 2004 (TransMedia).
TransMedia Catalonia aims to research audiovisual translation (dubbing, subtitling, voice-over, etc.) and media accessibility (subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, respeaking, audio description, audio subtitling, sign language) in various genres, platforms and supports. After an initial period devoted to descriptive research, its focus is now empirical research and technological implementation. This is possible thanks to an interdisciplinary group which integrates researchers from various backgrounds such as translation, psychology, engineering, fine arts, and linguistics.
TransMedia Catalonia was recognised in 2005 as an emerging group by the Catalan government (SGR2005/230) and has been a consolidated research group since 2009 (2009SGR700, 2014SGR27), linked to UAB's Department of Translation and Interpreting and East Asian Studies. It manages the Laboratory of Technologies Applied to Audiovisual Translation, which offers eye-tracking and perception technology services.
TRANSMEDIA CATALONIA NEWS
SASTV (Serveis d'accessibilitat sensorial a les televisions catalanes: situació actual, necessitats i propostes de futur), a research project on accessibility in Catalan televisions led by Dr Rovira (2017-2018), has been funded in the call "XI Convocatòria per a la concessió d'ajuts a projectes de recerca sobre comunicació audiovisual del Consell de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) 2017".
TransMedia Catalonia gets funding to research accessibility in media environments, through the project Immersive Accessibility (ImAC), funded under ICT19-H2020 programme. The project will be led by Sergi Fernández (Fundació i2cat), with the participation of CCMA, Anglatècnic, Rbb, IRT, Motion Spell, University of Salford and RNIB.
EasyTV, H2020 ICT19 project with TransMedia Catalonia participation. The project, led by UPM (Spain) starting in September 2017, aims to ease access to multimedia services and improve user interaction with a multilingual approach. Partners: Engineering-Ingegneria Informatica, Mediavoice, Sezione Provinciale di Romma dell’Unione Italiana del Ciechi e Degli Ipovedenti, Fundación CNSE, CCMA, UAB, Ethniko Kentro Erevnas Kai Technologikis Anaptyxis and Arx-Net SA.
Gian Maria Greco has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality" (UMAQ). Gian Maria Greco will join TransMedia Catalonia and work on the project during 2 years.
Anna Jankowska, PhD, from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow joins us as a visiting scholar to carry out the ADDit! project (2016-2019) on transfer of intercultural references in audio description. The project is funded within the Mobility Plus programme of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland. You can follow Anna Jankowska on FB.
TransMedia Catalonia participats in the project ADLAB PRO. More information about the project in the press release.