Variable Speed Speech Synthesis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0431
Agency Tracking Number: N082-149-0858
Amount: $79,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-149
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
30 A Vreeland Road, Suite 130, Florham Park, NJ, 07932
DUNS: 125624432
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Qi (Peter) Li
 (973) 822-0048
Business Contact
 Qi Li
Title: President
Phone: (973) 822-0048
Research Institution
We propose a completely trainable speech synthesis solution that is capable of synthesizing variable speed speech from different speakers under various speaking status. Specifically, our proposed system consists of a speaking status synthesis module, a speaker (accent) morphing module and a text-to-speech synthesis module. The novelty and uniqueness of our proposed approach are as follows: First, it decouples speaking status and speaker voice characteristics, and model them separately; second, it comprises two completely trainable modules. This allows the system to synthesize a variety of speech, e.g. fast speech under highly stressful condition.

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