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Can sign language tools help improve care for Deaf patients?
Interview with Lyke Esselink (SignLab Amsterdam) with Medical Technology Magazine.For more information, see https://medical-technology.nridigital.com/medical_technology_dec21/sign_language_tools_deaf_patients or contact Lyke Esselink at esselink97 at gmail.com.
Launch of website "Alice & Eve: A celebration of women in computing"
The goal of Alice & Eve Digital is to create an accessible and inclusive virtual space to learn from empowering role models and inspire the next generation of female leaders.For more information, see https://www.aliceandeve.nl/.
FIT FNWI webinar
Last week, the third FIT FNWI took place. The theme was: dealing with stress and uncertainty. Dr. Harm Krugers (SILS) explained what stress does to your brain and how to deal with uncertainty, after which the Occupational Health and Safety Service told us more about the RET (Rational Emotive Therapy) method, which can regulate your emotions and lower your stress level. Missed the webinar, or do you want to watch it again? You can find the recording at the FIT FNWI video channel.
Dirk Dekker (1927 - 2021)
Sadly, we have to inform you that prof. Dirk Dekker has passed away. Dirk Dekker was professor of numerical analysis at the UvA from 1971 until 1992. He was one of the founders of the Informatics Institute.For more information, see https://www.cwi.nl/news/2021/in-memoriam-dirk-dekker-1927-2021.
Herman Hendriks (1959 - 2021)
Sadly, we have to inform you that Herman Hendriks (Nijmegen, 18 februari 1959) died in Amsterdam on the 22nd of October 2021.For more information, see https://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/News/Obituaries/Herman-Hendriks-1959---2021-/ or contact illc at uva.nl.
Info session ILLC Diversity Committee for MoL students
Dear members of the ILLC,
On the 1st of November the ILLC Diversity Committee had the honour of introducing themselves and what they do to the Master of Logic students in LoLaCo. Please find the recording of this information session through the URL below, as well as the slides in attachment to the video.
The ILLC Diversity CommitteeFor more information, see https://video.uva.nl/media/Info+Session+LoLaCo+November+1/0_uq4dfov6 or contact Caitlin Boonstra at diversity-illc at uva.nl.
Talk That Science podcast on Avatars for Sign Language
The podcast Talk That Science hosted by students from the Master of Logic has published an episode on Avatars for Sign Language with Floris Roelofsen.
There are 70 million deaf and hearing impaired people in the world, but there is so far no tool to translate a written language to a sign language. This is about to change: Floris Roelfsen - our guest this episode - is currently working on a project to develop an avatar that can speak sign language. We will talk about the importance of sign language, about how it differs from written and spoken languages and about how we can develop such an avatar. Meanwhile, we play some songs to the topic, ranging from "Express Yourself" to "Vibrations on a String" - because even though we cannot all listen to music, we can all hear its vibrations! Listen to the episode on Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or Mixcloud.