Undergraduate Course: Speech Synthesis (LASC10062)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Speech Processing (Hons) (LASC10061)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Exam (50%). One written assignment based on laboratory work (50%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Speech Synthesis||2:00|
| A student who has attended this course should
Understand the speech synthesis process, and be familiar with the processing steps required to convert text to speech.
Be familiar with the two main speech synthesis methods currently in use, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Have a detailed understanding of the principles of unit selection speech synthesis, and the issues involved in choosing suitable candidate units to match a given target sequence.
Understand the design issues associated with recording data suitable for building a unit selection voice.
Have practical experience of building a synthetic voice.
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.
Be in a position to discuss current issues in speech synthesis and be able to read current research papers.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Simon King
Tel: (0131 6)51 1725
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870