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COST Action : 258

-The Naturalness of Synthetic Speech-


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Start date : 10 December 1996
Duration : 4 Years
Extension : 1 Year
End date : 09 December 2001
No. Participating Countries : 17

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the project is to improve the naturalness of computer-generated speech in the areas of sound quality and prosodics. For each language represented in the Action, improvements will be pursued in the naturalness of styles of speech used in typical telecommunications applications. Such improvement can be expected to lead to greater usefulness of speech synthesis in a large number of concrete telecommunications applications.

STRUCTURE OF WORK

The scientific work is pursued within the following working groups:

  • Signal processing issues
  • Prosody issues
  • Speech rhythm issues
  • Automatic segmentation and synthesis-oriented text mark-up


MILESTONES AND RESULTS

The main Scientific and technical Achievements of the Action as listed below may be regarded as significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in modelling and simulation.

1997 First meeting, organisation
1998 Survey of current work in the area, definition of work objectives
1999 Development and exploitation of pilot data base for styles of speech, test battery for speech synthesis systems.
2000 Reports of activity, compilation of scientific volume to be published by Wiley and Sons
2001 Reports of results, and development of outlook

More information on all of the above can be found at http://www.unil.ch/imm/docs/LAIP/COST_258/cost258.htm.

or by contacting :

Prof. Eric Keller
Lab D'analyse Informatique Parole
Université des Lettres, IMM/LAIP, Lettres
1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel:+41 216923020
Fax:+41 216923045
E-mail: (email removed)

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