Departments and Units

Irene Strasly

Research and Teaching Assistant
Phone: +41 22 37 99574
Office: 6342 - Uni Mail

Research Interests
Sign language machine translation
Italian, French and Swiss-French Sign Language linguistics
International Sign


Irene Strasly holds a Master in specialized translation delivered by the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting in Geneva. She joined the FTI in 2013, first she worked as teaching assistant at the Italian Unit, and then she started to collaborate with the Department of Translation Technology (TIM) where she has coordinated with Professor Pierrette Bouillon a project on sign language machine translation, the Trainslate Project, financed by Raiffeisen, Max Bircher and TeamCo foundations. This project is a collaboration with the University of Zurich and the S5 Association. In the Trainslate project we aim at automatically translating train announcements of the Swiss Federal Railways (Chemins de Fer Fédéraux, CFF) in Swiss-French Sign Language through a signing virtual avatar.

Since February 2017, she holds a doctoral grant (Doc.CH) by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is also working on other different faculty projects related to accessibility and sign language.

At present, she participates in the development of a Swiss Centre for Barrier-Free Communication, this project is funded by Swissuniversities.