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Software for Automatically Making Diagrams Accessible

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43EY027237-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43EY027237
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N
Solicitation Number: PA15-269
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-08-31
Small Business Information
Corvallis, OR 97333-9555
United States
DUNS: 023960367
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (541) 754-4002
Business Contact
Phone: (541) 754-4002
Research Institution

Diagrams are an important means of conveying scientific information from statistics and graphs in new articles
to illustrations of teaching material in STEM subjects However even in electronic material diagrams are
commonly given in standard image formats leaving them inaccessible for visually impaired readers denying
them access to news information and learning material
The eventual goal of this project is therefore to develop a software solution that can recognize most standard
diagrams automatically and create an audio tactile accessible version The specific aim of the Phase I project
is to
develop a generic recognizer for a wide variety of scientific diagrams
create a rule based method for enriching the result with semantic information that is easily adaptable
for a diverse range for diagrams
save results in the ViewPlus IVEO intelligent Scalable Vector Graphic format
IVEO information is easily readable by most blind people whether or not they can read braille and by many
other people with print disabilities
The software will be tested by volunteer transcribers and blind end users during the development and their
feedback will guide development Narrative
The software that should eventually result from this project would greatly increase the ease of
access to many important diagrams Among these are charts graphs and flow diagrams that
appear in much popular and professional literature as well as STEM diagrams such as chemical
molecular and electric circuit diagrams The NEI mission includes quality of life issues for blind
people and access to improved educational and professional opportunities afforded by this new
software is part of that mission

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