Research challenges in speech technology

International seminar celebrating the 60th birthdays of
Rolf Carlson and Björn Granström

Thursday, 13 October 2005 from 9.00 to 17.00
in “The Svedbergssalen” at AlbaNova, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm


09.00-09.30       WELCOME

09.30-10.00       Gunnar Fant, Department of Speech, Music and Hearing, KTH, Stockholm. “Introduction”

10.00-10.30       Björn Lindblom, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University “Coping with phonetic variability in phonetic theory and speech technology”

10.30-11.00       COFFEE

11.00-11.30       Joseph Mariani, Department of Communication and Information Technology, French Ministry of Research. Supporting Language Technologies for Multilingualism

11.30-12.00       Yoshinori Sagisaka, Global Information and Telecommunication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo “Corpus-based computational prosody modeling for communicative speech synthesis

12.00-12.30       Victor Zue and Stephanie Seneff, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts. “Lexical Access via Broad Phonetic Categories: Theory and Practice.

12.30-14.00       LUNCH

14.00-14.30       Gösta Bruce, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, Lund UniversitySimulation of intonational varieties of Swedish”

14.30-15.00       Nina Grönnum, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Copenhagen University. Danish phonetically annotated spontaneous speech (DanPASS) - a corpus and a preliminary investigation

15.00-15.30       Julia Hirschberg, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York Charismatic Speech:  Acoustic, Prosodic and Lexical Cues in English

15.30-16.00       COFFEE

16.00-16.30       Catherine Pelachaud, Technologies and Communication, University of Paris 8. “Communicative and Emotional Embodied Conversational Agents”

16.30-17.00       Dominic Massaro, Department of Psychology, University of California - Santa Cruz. “From Robotic Voices to Talking Heads”