University Marketing & Communications

July 19, 2013

YouTube video captioning lecture by Ken Harrenstien

By Mindy Messenger

Lecture Details

  • July 30, 2013 at 7 p.m.
  • Room 110 in Kane Hall
  • Free and open to the public
  • Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided

Here’s the information about the video captioning lecture Harry had mentioned at Web Council: AccessComputing and Computer Science & Engineering are sponsoring a public lecture by Ken Harrenstien titled “YouTube Captions: Making the World’s Videos Universally Accessible.”

Ken’s lecture will cover “Automatic Captions,” which uses Google’s speech recognition technology and attempts to automatically generate captions for every video uploaded to YouTube. Caption generation for YouTube launched in 2009 and has room for improvement. I hope Ken will also discuss the continued development for automatic caption generation and what level of accuracy we can expect in the near future.

And just who is Ken Harrenstien, you ask? Why, he is a Senior Software Engineer at Google and his colleagues have dubbed him the “Caption Jedi.” He is the lead developer responsible for the captioning technology in all of Google’s video services, including YouTube. You can learn more about him in this Forbes article: “YouTube’s Closed Caption ‘Jedi’: On cc Upgrades, Searchability and Why It’s Personal.”