APE Segmentation for Variable Speed Speech Synthesis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$749,876.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N61339-10-C-0011
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-149-0097
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-149
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
Perceptral LLC
403 6th Street, Racine, WI, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
827890323
Principal Investigator:
G. Secora
President
(262) 898-1258
contracts@perceptral.com
Business Contact:
G. Secora
President
(262) 898-1258
contracts@perceptral.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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