Interspeech 2017 Conference Summary

Yu-Ren gave a really good talk about measuring voice severity.

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Then, on Wednesday Anna, Inga, Matthías, and Jón answered questions about their posters to conference attendees.

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During the conference, welcome reception, and the banquet we reconnected with many old colleagues and met many new  in the speech processing and speech recognition world. For anyone who didn’t get a chance to attend Yu-Ren’s talk or to see the posters by Jón and Inga, we have links at the bottom of the post.

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Anna’s data is also available on Malfong now.

Inga’s Icelandic Parliament ASR Corpus

Yu-Ren’s slides

Jón’s Eyra Speech Corpora Poster

We hope to see you next year!

Article Publication in the Periodica Polytechnica Electrical Engineering and Computer Science journal

At CogInfoCom 2016, Eydís Huld Magnusdottir, gave a great presentation about Monitoring Cognitive Workload Using Vocal Tract and Voice Source Features. It was so informative in fact that the Periodica Polytechnica Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a great open access journal, has published it. The article has the same name as the conference paper, Monitoring Cognitive Workload Using Vocal Tract and Voice Source Features. Eydís’ article is about the study she did in Iceland involving cognitive workload, Stroop tasks, and nearly 100 participants to find out whether vocal tract features perform better or worse than voice source features.

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Figure: The results of speech formants tracking using the KARMA algorithm

 

To read the exciting conclusion, go directly to the journal’s website and read about it from home!

 

 

Learning from Europe

Two of the LVL team, Jón and Anna, are working on a strategic plan for Icelandic language technology, together with Steinþór Steingrímsson from The Árni Magnússon Institute of Icelandic Studies. The three of them have been – and will be – meeting LT specialists in Europe to learn about successful technologies and to collect material for the strategic planning. February 15th to 17th they went from seeing Etienne Roth from EPC in Mannheim, Germany, on spell and grammar checking, to Luxembourg to speak with the machine translation team of MT@EC and over to London to meet speech synthesis specialists at Google. A lot of nice, clever and helpful people they met there! While digesting the mass-input of these three days, the preparations for the next trips are already ongoing: Estonia on the 1st of March and Gothenburg, Sweden, later the same month.

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Szymon Klocek, Markus Foti, Jón Guðnason, Steinþór Steingrímsson, Michael Jellinghaus and Andreas Eisele at EC in Luxembourg

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Jón at the Goodenough House, where he lived while studying in London “some” years ago

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View from the 11th floor, Jón and Steinþór together with Oddur Kjartansson at Google, London

 

The future of Icelandic

The event “Educational day 2017”, organised by SA-Business Iceland on February 2nd, focussed on the  Icelandic language and language technology. Leading persons from academia, industry, politics, and culture spoke with enthusiasm about the role and future of Icelandic and the chances within language technology. The president of Iceland, Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson (whose name posed a challenge to the pronunciation talent of Amazon’s Alexa), also honoured the meeting and professed great optimism for the Icelandic language and LT. As did our representative from LVL, Jón had a talk on speech recognition, “Speaking Icelandic to computers”.

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ICASSP 2017 New Orleans – we will be there.

Two members of our lab will attend ICASSP 2017 conference in New Orleans. We will present a paper on the classification of voice modalities using a neck-surface accelerometer. The paper is the result of our collaboration with guys from the Massachusetts General Hospital, US and Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile. Thanks for your help!

Hopefully, the trip won’t be all work and no fun.

Pilot tests

The paralinguistic team finished gathering additional data for the Voice patterns in air-traffic control project in the second half of December.  The participants are all pilots working for Icelandair that came to us straight after grueling sessions in their flight simulator.

We want to thank all the participants and staff of Icelandair for their cooperation!

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Eydís about to do a session with a pilot.