Zoom Colloquium: ACTION AUDIO: Accessible Sports Broadcasting

Zoom Colloquium: ACTION AUDIO: Accessible Sports Broadcasting

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Dr. Cagatay Goncu, Research Fellow, Department of Human Centred Computing


Brandon Biggs


Abstract - Billions of people in the world watch sport media broadcasts to follow their favorite sports, e.g., tennis, soccer, cricket, golf, or Olympic games. They enjoy the actions captured by cameras and microphones on and around the fields. They also socially engage with other fans at home, at a local club, in a stadium and on social media.

However, if you are blind or have low-vision (BLV), your overall experience is limited. While TV is providing the state-of-the-art experience for sighted people, BLV need to tune in to radio broadcasts. Although used widely by BLV, radio cannot provide all the actions in real time, in particular the movement of the objects such as the ball, puck, and players, ball kids, referees etc.

Action Audio aims to provide frameworks that will make sport media broadcasting accessible to BLV. It provides alternative modalities and allow BLV access all the actions on sports broadcasting. It will also create technologies that let people experience the events live in sport venues.  https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/cagatay-goncu  https://www.action-audio.com/

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