Job Offer in Speech Synthesis from IKA Bochum (Dan Ellis )

Subject: Job Offer in Speech Synthesis from IKA Bochum
From:    Dan Ellis  <dpwe(at)ICSI.BERKELEY.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 25 Aug 1999 06:42:35 -0700

Dear List - I was sent the enclosed job announcement for distribution to the list. DAn. ------- Forwarded Message Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 19:54:09 +0200 (MET DST) From: Joachim Mersdorf <mersdorf(at)> [ We apologise for the duplicate posting of this announcement ] *************************************************************************= ****** PhD research position vacant at the _/ _/ _/ _/_/_/_/ Institute of Communication Acoustics _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/_/ _/_/_/_/ Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ *************************************************************************= ****** Project: Modelling speaker characteristics in concatenative speech synthe= sis The project is to be carried out at the Institute of Communication Acoust= ics at the Ruhr University Bochum in collaboration with G Data Software. The = PhD studentship position is open for at least 3 years (extension possible). Succesfull candidates should have 1. a degree in computational linguistics, phonetics or physics 2. good knowledge in digital signal processing 3. very good programming skills in C/ C++ 4. good knowledge in Phonetics 5. basic knowledge in Windows programming 6. a creative and communicative personality The project Current speech synthesis systems are comprehensible but far from natural. One of the reasons is the static and unflexible modelling of prosody and voice variation of a natural speaker. In a 3-years project a systematic description of speaker characteristics is to be developed and applied to single (mainly prominent) speakers. This comprises among others research in the fields of precision of articulation, intonation, speech rate, spee= ch rhythm and voice quality. Algorithms should be developed and implemented in the G Data speech synthesis system. Payment is according to the standa= rd BAT II a scale for University staff (approx. 65,000 DEM p.a. before tax, increases depending on age, marital situation, and number of children). The Institute of communication acoustics (IKA) at the Ruhr University Boc= hum (RUB) is part of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Prof. Dr. J. Blauert already established speech technology as= a main research topic in the late 70's at the RUB. The long tradition in speech synthesis and speech analysis resulted in Sy= RUB one of the very first German TTS systems. In the VERBMOBIL research proje= ct the IKA is involved in the situative adaptation of synthesis and audio ou= tput. More info at Contact Please send an application and CV to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.techn h.c. Blauert Institut fuer Kommunikationsakustik Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum Universitaetsstr. 150 D-44780 Bochum FAX: +49 234 709 4165 Further Questions ? Please contact Joachim Mersdorf ( mailto://mersdorf(at) .de ) or Ralf Benzm=FCller ( mailto://ralf.benzmueller(at) = ) ------- End of Forwarded Message

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