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Multi-Language Speech-to-Text and Text-to-Speech System

Objective

The goal of the POLYGLOT project was to demonstrate, through research, the feasibility of the multi-lingual voice interface (input/output) for a number of commercially promising applications. The objective of the project was to integrate phonetic, lexical, and syntactic knowledge common to text-to-speech and speech-to-text conversion, providing greater generality, lower cost, and easier extensions. POLYGLOT also aimed to provide the results of the research and applied technology on a PC.
The goal of the project was to demonstrate the feasibility of multilanguage voice input/output for a number of commercially promising applications. The objective was to integrate phonetic, lexical, and syntactic knowledge common to text to speech and speech to text conversion, providing greater generality, lower cost, and easier extensions.
A set of technologies and working prototypes was planned:
a very large vocabulary, isolated words and speaker adaptive speech recogntion on a personal computer (PC) for speech to text conversion in 6 European languages (continuous speech recognition will be addressed as well, but only to the stage of producing a strategy for implementation on a PC);
high quality, language sensitive, unrestricted vocabulary with text to speech conversion in 6 European languages;
tools for easy extension of both the recognition and synthesis technologies to additional languages;
application development tools for recognition and synthesis;
the speech to text system (now available under the popular Windows environment);
development of demonstrators for languages teaching, speech to text medical report preparation with voice feedback, remote access to an electronic mailbox, access to a mail directory, a generalized Windows interface application, and a telephone directory access application.

In addition, the project has produced speech databases for speech to text and text to speech for 6 European languages. These are being consolidated and will be available for further development work.

Coordinator

Syntax Sistemi Software SpA
Address
Via Fanelli 206/16
70125 Bari
Italy

Participants (13)

BULL SA
France
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address

91406 Orsay
Consorzio per la Ricerca e le Applicazioni di Informatica
Italy
Address
Località Santo Stefano
87036 Rende
Ingegneria C. Olivetti and C. SpA
Italy
Address
Via G. Jervis 77
10015 Ivrea
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN
Netherlands
Address
Erasmusplein 1, 9103
6500 HD Nijmegen
NEDERLANDSE PHILIPS BEDRIJVEN BV
Netherlands
Address
, 513
5600 Eindhoven
PHILIPS KOMMUNIKATIONS INDUSTRIE GMBH
Germany
Address
Thurn-und-taxis-straße 10
90411 Nürnberg
RUHR-UNIVERSITY BOCHUM
Germany
Address
Universitätsstraße 150
44780 Bochum
SIEMENS AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
TRIUMPH ADLER AG
Germany
Address
Hundingstraße 11B
90431 Nürnberg
UNIVERSITAT NACIONAL DE EDUCACION A DISTANCIA
Spain
Address
Pabellon Gobierno, 1
28000 Madrid
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Campus De Montegancedo
28660 Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address

26500 Rion-patras