Promoting access to audiovisual media at the UN
A Gates Cambridge Alumnus chaired a meeting at the United Nations on promoting accessibility in audio visual media in Geneva this week.
Pradipta Biswas  who is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing of the Indian Institute of Science, chaired the International Telecommunications Union meeting meeting on 6th June. Pradipta is co-chair of the Intersector Rapporteur Group Audiovisual Media Accessibility [IRG AVA] of the International Telecommunication Union.
The IRG AVA studies topics related to audiovisual media accessibility and aims to develop draft recommendations for "Access Systems" that can be used for all media delivery systems, including broadcast, cable, Internet and IPTV. It also addresses matters relating to standardisation of relevant ITU groups and collaborates with other organisations, such as media organisations and academics.
The IRG AVA meeting was attended by representatives from the BBC, the European Broadcasting Union, Japanese broadcaster NHK, the Swiss Public Broadcaster, the World Federation of the Deaf, the International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Electrotechnical Commission.
The discussion covered a number of issues, ranging from accessibility of vehicular multimedia for both manned and autonomous vehicles, using sign language on broadcast programmes and using Artificial Intelligence for boosting the accessibility of broadcast programmes to the audio visually impaired to providing an update on a newly formed EU cluster of projects promoting accessibility and on a joint project between Microsoft and Indian Institute of Science on developing eye gaze controlled accessibility systems. The next meeting will be held in October.
Pradipta did his PhD in Computer Science. His research focuses on user modelling and multimodal human-machine interaction for aviation and automotive environments and for assistive technology.