Projects - Scientific Document Analysis Group

ChemAccess: Accessible Chemical Diagrams

The project aims to provide support for readers with difficulties in accessing, understanding and interacting with chemical diagrams. We concentrate on the provision of fully accessible chemical diagrams for electronic documents, through creation of a fully automated software that will recognise molecule images and transform them into scalable vector graphics that will enable us to provide support for screen readers via auditory descriptions.

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Glass for Accessibility Award

We are exploring solutions an inclusive classroom teaching for visually impaired student by building light-weight for mathematics teaching using Google glass, that involves the combination of image recognition, speech recognition and handwriting analysis.

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Funded by Google, Inc.

Accessibility Support for Mathematics in ChromeVox

We are working with the ChromeVox team at Google to enable natural inclusion of mathematics reading for visually impaired readers. ChromeVox is an open source screen reader available as an extension for the Chrome browser. Our goal is to make mathematics reading a first class citizen in it.

ChromeVox, ChromeVox Code, Introduction, Google Developers Live

Collaboration with Google, Inc.

Improving Accessibility to Mathematical Teaching Resources

The project builds upon our previous work within the Scientific Document Analysis Group at the School of Computer Science by extending MaxTract, a research prototype for converting PDF into electronically processable markup such as MathML and LaTeX, into an assistive technology tool that can help accessibility support officers in their task of making teaching and assessment material in mathematical subjects fully accessible.

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Funded by a HEA/JISC OER Programme: Rapid Innovation

Development of an advanced European digital library for mathematics

EuDML is a CIP project to build the European digital library for mathematics. Our partners are universities, public institutions and leading technology providers, dedicated to producing quality scientific information. Participants include mathematicians, librarians, digital library specialists, publishers, professional information service and document engineering specialists, and computer scientists.

Funded by EU CIP-ICT Pilot Type B project

Collaboration with InftyProject

The long term aim of the collaboration with the Infty project is to develop a robust system for the faithful recognition of mathematical and scientific documents that allows their translation from inaccessible formats, e.g. scanned images or PDF, into an electronic form that enables easy access for further processing, e.g. for search and archival purposes, or for easy accessibility by users with special needs.

Funded by the Royal Society





Digitisation of Abramowitz and Stegun

We offer a scanned version of Abramowith and Stegun, a mathematical reference work first published in 1964, as a resource for Scientific Document Analysis. Scanned images of the 1046 page Handbook are downloadable from the project website.