Reconsidering Source Characteristics as Keys to Meaning – Jordan Cohen (Spelamode Consulting)

July 18, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Czech Republic

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The source signal in conversational speech carries syntactic, semantic, and emotional information. While the source/filter theory of speech synthesis has a long history, but the technology used has failed to separate the source from the filter in a convincing way. New methods in speech morphing promise a cleaner separation between the source and filter using STFT techniques.

I will explain the voice morphing system, and demonstrate how to derive the source signal from speech. Details of the source signal itself can be examined for clues to the semantic representation of the resulting utterances.

All Participant Lectures will be held in Room S1, 4th Floor.
Jordan Cohen holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1968, a MSEE from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, Ill, in1970, a MS in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut in 1976, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut in 1982.

He is currently the Founder and Chief Technologist at Spelamode Consulting, engaged in technical and intellectual property pursuits. He serves as the Co-CTO to Kextil, an emerging field service support company. He was previously the Principal Investigator for GALE at SRI International, and the CTO of Voice Signal Technologies. He was a research staff member at IDA, and at IBM Research, and worked at NSA as a research engineer. He served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974. He is engaged in the application of speech recognition for practical systems, and in various aspects of intellectual property pursuit. He is a co-author of 13 US patents.

Center for Language and Speech Processing