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Postgraduate Course: Speech Synthesis (LASC11062)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores issues in text-to-speech synthesis by taking a detailed look at the theory and practice of the state of the art speech synthesis systems. Through lectures students will learn the theory of speech synthesis through the lab sessions and assessment students will learn about the practical application of this theory as they design and build their own synthetic voice for a unit selection speech synthesiser.
Course description The syllabus include topics such as: approaches to speech synthesis, text selection and recording data for corpus based approaches, searching inventories for unit selection approaches, prosody, pitch tracking, The Festival speech synthesis system architecture, speech coding for speech synthesis, parameter driven speech synthesis, evaluating speech synthesis and building a unit selection voice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Speech Processing (LASC11065)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written assignment based on laboratory work

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Feedback Comments provided on submitted assessments
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the speech synthesis process, and be familiar with the processing steps required to convert text to speech and be familiar with the different speech synthesis methods currently used by speech synthesis systems and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each
  2. have a detailed understanding of the principles of unit selection speech synthesis, and the issues involved with choosing suitable candidate units to match a given target sequence and understand the design issues associated with recording data suitable for building a unit selection voice
  3. have the practical experience of having built a synthetic voice themselves
  4. be familiar with the different speech coding techniques that can be used for speech synthesis, and understand how these can be used to aid the joining of individual speech segments and how using different signal processing techniques to manipulate speech synthesis output affects the speech quality
  5. be in a position to discuss current issues in speech synthesis and see where speech synthesis research is heading in the future
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
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Course organiserProf Simon King
Tel: (0131 6)51 1725
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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