In-depth study of a particular area of computational linguistics, with hands-on experience. Prerequisite: LING 570 and 571, or permission of instructor. Offered: WSp.
This course is intended to give an introduction to the key concepts and components of speech technology. Students taking this course will gain a good understanding of what speech technology is, how it works and what you can do with it.
Topics include: • The mechanics of current speech technologies, i.e. automatic speech recognition (ASR), text-to-speech (TTS) and speaker verification and identification (SVI) with particular focus on ASR. • Techniques for successful implementation of speech technology components with examples from state-of-the-art real-life applications • ASR challenges and ways to overcome them • Pertinent differences and similarities between human-to-human speech communication and speech technology • Speech technology research
Hands-on experience with speech technology will be gained through building your own speech recognizer as well as designing your own speech application.
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