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Remote conference interpreting using ISDN videotelephony: A requirements analysis and feasibility study

 
: Bocker, M.; Anderson, D.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society -HFES-, Santa Monica/Calif.:
Designing for diversity. Vol.1 : Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37th Annual Meeting, October 11 - 15, 1993, Seattle, Washington
Santa Monica: HFES, 1993
pp.235-239
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Annual Meeting) <37, 1993, Seattle/Wash.>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer HHI ()
human factors; ISDN; professional aspects; teleconferencing; videotelephony; visual communication; videocommunications; conference interpreters; professional interpreters; conference presentations

Abstract
The introduction of videocommunications via the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) offers the potential of significant changes in the working conditions of a variety of professions including conference interpreters. A study was conducted aiming at identifying the special videocommunications requirements of professional conference interpreters and establishing whether ISDN videotelephony offers a sufficient audio bandwidth and image resolution to support the interpreters in their work. To this aim, a requirements analysis was conducted and four videotelephony systems were set up each implementing a different ISDN combination of audio bandwidth and picture quality. Five professional interpreters took part in the study. Each performed a simultaneous interpretation task of 30 minutes under each of the four conditions (set-ups). Stimulus material to be interpreted consisted of videotapes of conference presentations and TV interviews.

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