The Media Accessibility Platform was initiated by a team of four researchers with solid backgrounds in the field of audiovisual translation and media accessibility.
Gian Maria Greco (MA, PhD in Philosophy; International MA in Accessibility to Media, Arts and Culture) is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at TransMedia Catalonia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) where he is carrying out the project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality" (H2020 MSCA IF - UMAQ 752659 - 2017-2019). His research interests are on accessibility studies, with a focus on media accessibility and how it relates to human rights and the performing arts. He has held university positions as a post-doc and research fellow at various universities, and was Junior Research Associate at the University of Oxford (UK) from 2003 to 2007. In 2015 he was the keynote speaker at the 5th ARSAD Conference. He has been published in peer-reviewed journals and encyclopaedias, and has co-authored two books (in Italian): Making as Healing Care. On the Constructionist Foundations of Occupational Therapy (2013) and Accessibility, Health and Safety of Live Events and Venues (2015). Currently, he is an Advisory Board member of the EU project “Accessible Culture and Training”.
Anna Matamala (BA in Translation, UAB; PhD in Applied Linguistics, UPF, Barcelona) is a senior lecturer at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). A member of the international research group TransMedia, and of its local branch TransMedia Catalonia, Anna Matamala has both participated (DTV4ALL, ADLAB, HBB4ALL, ACT) and led (AVT-LP, ALST, VIW) funded projects on audiovisual translation and media accessibility. She has taken an active role in the organisation of scientific events such as the Media for All conference or the ARSAD seminar, and has published extensively in internationally refereed journals. She is also involved in standardisation work.
Pilar Orero (BA in Hispanic Studies, Manchester University; PhD, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) is a member of the international research group TransMedia, and of its local branch TransMedia Catalonia. Pilar has participated in several EU projects (DTV4ALL, ADLAB, ADLAB PRO) and leads HBB4ALL and ACT. Since 2012 she has held the INDRA/ADECCO Chair for Accessible Technologies at UAB. She is actively involved in standardisation work at Spanish standardisation agency AENOR, and the international agencies ISI and UN ITU.
Pablo Romero Fresco (BA in Translation, Vigo; PhD in Audiovisual Translation, Heriot Watt, UK) is a Ramón y Cajal grantholder at Universidade de Vigo (Spain) and Honorary Professor in Translation and Filmmaking at the University of Roehampton (London, UK). His research interests revolve around audiovisual translation, accessibility and film. He is the author of the book Subtitling through Speech Recognition: Respeaking (Routledge) and the editor of The Reception of Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Europe (Peter Lang). He has collaborated with Ofcom and the National Gallery in the UK, Ai-Media in Australia, Swiss TXT in Switzerland and CRTC/CAB in Canada, among other institutions, to introduce and improve access to TV and live events for people with hearing loss around the world. He is the leader of the EU-funded Media Accessibility Platform project (COMM/MAD/2016/04) and a member of the research groups IEIT (UVigo) and Transmedia Catalonia (UAB), for which he coordinated the subtitling of the EU-funded project DTV4ALL. Pablo is also a filmmaker and is working on a new initiative, accessible filmmaking, in order to integrate translation and accessibility as part of the filmmaking process. His first documentary, Joining the Dots (2012), about blindness and audiodescription, was screened during the 69th Venice Film Festival as well as at other festivals in London, Poland, France, Switzerland and Austria and was used by Netflix as well as schools around Europe to raise awareness about audiodescription.
The beta version of MAP has been partially funded by 2014SGR0027.