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The SignON Project


Time frame

January 2021 - January 2024

Project description

SignON is a user-centric and community-driven project that aims to facilitate the exchange of information among Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals across Europe, targeting the Irish, British, Dutch, Flemish, and Spanish sign languages as well as the English, Irish, Dutch and Spanish spoken languages.

Through collaboration with European Deaf and hard of hearing communities, researchers will define use-cases, co-design and co-develop the SignON service and application. The objective of this research project is the fair, unbiased and inclusive spread of information and digital content in European society.

The project will deploy the SignON service as a smart phone application running on standard modern devices.

CLST contributes with automatic speech recognition for Dutch, English, Spanish, and Irish.


SignON, Deaf sign language users, hard of hearing, Automatic Speech Recognition, ASR, sign language

Project website


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme


The SignON EU consortium includes 17 European partners led by Prof. Andy Way, Professor of Computing at Dublin City University, Ireland (Co-ordinator), and Dr. Dimitar Shterionov Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, The Netherlands (Scientific Lead). Find out more about each of the partners by opening this website.


Dr Henk van den Heuvel, henk.vandenheuvel@ru.nl