Undergraduate Course: Speech Synthesis (LASC10062)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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 completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above . We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, 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)
||Two written assignments worth 50% each
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Simon King
Tel: (0131 6)51 1725
|Course secretary||Mr Liam Hedley
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870