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multiling2006

9 - 11 April 2006
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Programme

SUNDAY - 9 April 2006
17:00 - 18:00 Registration    
18:00 - 20:00 Welcoming Function    
MONDAY - 10 April 2006
8:00 - 9:00 Registration    
  Session 1 : Opening & Keynote    
9:00 - 9:15 Opening   Prof E.C. Botha
9:15 - 10:00 Keynote address: SPICE - An Interactive Toolkit for Rapid Portability of Speech Processing Systems to new Languages Presentation Dr T. Schultz
10:00 - 11:30 Session 2 : Poster    
  Multidialectal Acoustic Modelling: A Comparative Study Presentation M. Caballero, A. Moreno, A. Nogueiras
  Training Acoustic Models with Speech Data from Different Languages Presentation C.L. Liu, L. Melnar
  Detection of Multilingual Named Entities Using Prosodic Features for Improved Speech Recognition and Translation   V. Rangarajan, S. Narayanan
  Language identification and multilingual speech recognition using discriminatively trained acoustic models Presentation T.R. Niesler, D. Willett
  Non-native pronunciation modeling in a Command & Control Recognition Task: A comparison between acoustic and lexical modeling Presentation J.M. Kessens
  Session 3 : Oral    
11:30 - 11:50 Extracting pronunication rules for phonemic variants Presentation M.H. Davel, E. Barnard
11:50 - 12:10 Language-dependent state clustering for multilingual speech recognition in Afrikaans, South African English, Xhosa and Zulu Presentation T.R. Niesler
12:10 - 12:30 Crosslingual adaptation of semi-continuous HMMs using acoustic sub-simplex projection Presentation F. Diehl, A. Moreno, E. Monte
12:30 - 12:50 Nguni and Sotho varieties of South African English - distant cousins or twins? Presentation F. De Wet, T. Niesler, P. Louw
13:00 - 14:30 LUNCH    
  Session 4 : Oral    
14:30 - 14:50 Vowel data of early speech development in several languages Presentation L.C.W. Pols, E. Lyakso, J.M. van der Stelt, T.G. Wempe, K. Zajdo
14:50 - 15:10 A Study of Speech Pauses for Multilingual Time-Scaling Applications   M.D. Demol, W.V. Verhelst, P.V. Verhoeve
15:10 - 15:30 PELT: An English language tutorial system for Polish speakers Presentation K Dziubalska-Kolaczyk, A. Bogacka, D. Pietrala, M. Wypech, G. Krynicki
15:30 - 16:00 TEA    
  Workshop Dinner    
TUESDAY - 11 April 2006
  Session 5 : Oral    
9:00 - 9:20 Guest Speaker: Department of Science and Technology   Dr B. Sehlapelo
9:20 - 9:40 Articulartory-Acoustic-Feature-based Automatic Language Identification Presentation S. Kanokphara, J. Carson-Berndsen
9:40 - 10:00 Problems and solutions in African tone language TTS   D. Gibbon, E. Urua, M. Ekpenyong
10:00 - 10:20 Computational models of prosody in the Nguni languages   E. Barnard, N. Govender, V. Zimu, C. Kuun, M. Davel
10:20 - 11:20 Session 6 : Poster    
  Multilingual Data Configurable Text-to-Speech System for Embedded Devices   K.M. Parssinen, M. Moberg
  Investigating Prosodic Modifications for Polyglot Text-to-speech Synthesis Presentation P. Olaszi, T.L. Burrows, K. Knill
  Is Intrinsic Pitch a language-dependent phenomenon? Evidences from a cross-linguistic pitch experiment Presentation D.P. Pape, C. Mooshammer
  Statistical Modeling of Pronunciation Variation by Hierarchical Grouping rule Inference Presentation M. Caballero, A. Moreno
  Is it possible to train a speech recognition system on text only?   E. Rubagotti
  Session 7 : Oral    
11:20 - 11:40 Character Stream Parsing of Mixed-lingual Text Presentation H. Romsdorfer, B. Pfister
11:40 - 12:00 New approach to polyglot synthesis: how to speak any language with anyone's voice. Presentation J.L. Latorre, K. Iwano, S. Furui
12:00 - 12:20 Mixed-mode multilinguality in TTS: The Case of English in Canadian French   L.M.Tomokiyo, C.J.Sisson, A.W. Black
12:20 - 12:40 Speaker Clustering for Multilingual Synthesis Presentation A.W. Black, T.Schultz
12:40 - 13:10 Wrap-up    
13:10 - 14:15 LUNCH    
 

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