APE Segmentation for Variable Speed Speech Synthesis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N61339-10-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number: N082-149-0097
Amount: $749,876.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-149
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
403 6th Street, Racine, WI, -
DUNS: 827890323
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jonathan Pearl
 (262) 898-1258
Business Contact
 G. Secora
Title: President
Phone: (262) 898-1258
Email: contracts@perceptral.com
Research Institution
This Phase II effort will develop a prototype of Perceptral''s solution to meeting the needs of variable speed speech synthesis. Our approach involves a new method of sound segmentation that provides greater control of speech timing, while maintaining a high degree of intelligibility, as well as greater compression. Current systems fail to provide these adequately, because of the methods by which units are selected, and the means by which these units are manipulated in synthesis. The final deliverable of this project will be a software solution capable of providing the end-user variable control of speech rate in synthesis.

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