The Poor Man’s
American Sign Language to English Translation
Faculty Advisor: C.J. Taylor
The goal is to create a system whereby a user can translate sign
language into English. There are many English to American Sign
Language dictionaries; most of which are web-based allowing the user
to click on an English word and watch a video of the sign.
However, since there is no formal way of writing ASL, no
ASL-to-English dictionaries exist. This project would attempt
to remedy that issue. This would be invaluable for students
beginning ASL or hearing parents of a deaf child.
The end goal of this project is to provide an easy and
accessible solution to anyone who might need to translate American
Sign Language into English. Another major goal of the system
is to make it very scalable, allowing the lexicon to grow and even
offering a user interface to allow user training of the
classification model. While many other ASL recognition systems
have been successful with expensive hardware, my approach will be to
develop an inexpensive and simple system that anyone can use.