GALMA has started a collaboration with AppTek, a leading company in artificial intelligence and machine learning for automatic speech recognition and machine translation. This association works around the NER model. It aims to transfer the NER model from academia and the industry to the end-users, to raise awareness of live subtitling quality. Several blogs have already been published on the state of live captioning today, about how the quality of live captions should be assessed, and one last post containing an infographic of the NER model itself.

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GALMA members are providing training in pre-recorded subtitling and respeaking for the Ai-Media team in Canada. The course, which is mainly practical, even though it includes some thereorical aspects trainees have to master, runs for four weeks and delves into respeaking with Dragon, as well as on subtitle creation using WinCaps.

Read more GALMA provides training in subtitling and respeaking

We hope you are well in the midst of the COVID19 global crisis.

Due to the current situation because of the spread of the coronavirus, we have decided to postpone the 2nd UMAQ Conference on “Understanding Quality in Media Accessibility and Audiovisual Translation”, which will now take place at the University of Vigo on 16-17 September, 2021.

You can find more information, including a new abstract submission deadline, on the conference website:

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vigo.

Read more Conference cancellation: 2nd Understanding Media Accessibility Quality (UMAQ) Conference

Dr Pablo Romero-Fresco, director of GALMA, has recently talked to AppTek, a US software company specialising in artificial intelligence and machine learning for automatic speech recognition and machine translation. Should you want to know more about it, do have a look at the following two blog entries, where you can get a taste of the state of live captioning today.

GALMA participates in the two-year research network “ALMA – Red de excelencia sobre I+D+i para accesibilidad y lenguas minoritarias en los medios audiovisuales” (Research network on research, development and innovation for accessibility and minority languages in the media). The research proposal, which was very well appreciated by the selection panel, will receive funding from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities under the Spanish Agency for Research.

The consortium, led by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), is composed of several research groups from different Spanish tertiary education institutions, namely: GALMA (University of Vigo), Transmedia Catalonia (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Immersive Interactive Media (Polytechnic University of Valencia), Estudos audiovisuais (University of Santiago de Compostela), HiPIS (University of Valencia), and TRALIMA/ITZULIK (University of the Basque Country). Following the first consortium meeting, which took place in Barcelona on January 30th, the partners agreed to start studying and monitoring the quantity and quality of accessibility to the media in Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country.

Read more GALMA participates in a research cluster on media accessibility

The latest issue of JoSTrans: The Journal of Specialised Translation is out. This special issue on experimental research in Audiovisual Translation, edited by Jorge Díaz Cintas (University College London) and Agnieszka Szarkowska (University of Warsaw), includes some exciting contributions from the members of GALMA and the ILSA project. Read on!

Read more Publication: JoSTrans, special issue on experimental research in Audiovisual Translation

Interlingual Live Subtitling for Access (ILSA) is a three-year (September 2017-August 2020) project co-financed by the European Union under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, KA203 – Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (reference number 2017-1-ES01-KA203-037948).

As a strategic partnership promoting open and innovative practices in the digital era, ILSA will identify the skills and profile of a new professional, the interlingual live subtitler (ILSer), develop, test and validate the first training course on interlingual live subtitling (ILS) and provide a protocol for the implementation of this discipline in three real-life scenarios, namely TV, political/social settings and the classroom.



Practitioners and educators in the fields of accessibility, audiovisual translation and interpreting studies are invited to join this event on interlingual live subtitling and speech-to-text interpreting as new ways of achieving access and barrier-free communication.

The programme will feature progress reports by members of the ILSA project group and presentations by educators and practitioners as well as a panel discussion with specialists and stakeholder representatives. It will be held at the University of Antwerp – City Campus on July 2nd, 2020.

For further information, please contact Isabelle Robert (

Read more ILSA Project Multiplier Event: The Present and Future of Interlingual Live Subtitling


The Unlimited! conferences are an opportunity to discuss research, practice, policy and technological innovation regarding the accessibility of live events and broadcasts. Stakeholders from varying backgrounds and domains come together to pinpoint challenges, share best practices and explore convergences and new collaborations about a growing range of services and products that make live events and broadcasts more accessible for diverse audiences.

The third Unlimited! conference Innovation for Access: New Interactions, following successful conferences in 2016 (University of Antwerp) and 2018 (Autonomous University of Barcelona), would like to pay tribute to the new opportunities created by innovation, and will explore new developments in access services including audio description, audio surtitling, audio subtitling, surtitling for the hearing impaired, and sign language. It will be hosted by the OPEN Expertise Centre for Accessible Media and Culture and the TricS research group of the University of Antwerp on July 2nd and 3rd, 2020 at its City Campus.

Should you want to know more about the conference, do have a look at its website.

Read more Conference: Unlimited! 3 – Innovation for Access: New Interactions

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