Multilingual Speech Input/Output: Assessment, Methodology and Standardisation


SAM - 2589

Keywords speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech system assessment, standards


Start Date: 01-MAR-89 / Duration: 39 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of SAM was to develop methodologies, tools and databases for the assessment of speech synthesis and recognition systems in applications where multilingual performance is required from the same basic equipment.

The consortium included participants from six EC and two EFTA member states, so that techniques for assessing speech synthesisers and recognisers for eight languages would be produced. The wide participation basis also gives a strong support to the final recommendations. Furthermore, close ties have been established with related national projects in the participating countries, many of which are now using SAM standards.

During a definition phase of this project, supported under ESPRIT project 1541, a first multilingual speech database was established on CD-ROM, and this continues to be widely used for the purposes of assessment, analysis and research.

Progress and Results

The project has produced a number of speech assessment protocols, supported by tools integrated in the SAM workstation, and by recordings of speech for each of the eight languages of the participants. The results fall into three major areas:

Exploitation

The assessment methods developed within this project will lead to the establishment of European standards. The SAM project has liaised with other ESPRIT speech projects and offers the implemented assessment methods for speech I/O to any other ESPRIT projects involved in the development of speech technology systems. Contacts and data exchanges established with organisations outside Europe, particularly the USA, make it appear likely that acceptance may be propagated on an even wider scale. Further actions relating to dissemination and standardisation activities will be pursued in the EAGLES committee on standards for written and spoken language, established under the Linguistic Research and Engineering (LRE) Programme.


CONTACT POINT

Prof A. Fourcin
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way
UK - LONDON NW1 2HE
tel: + 44/ 71-3871055
fax: + 44/ 71-383-0752
telex: 91178 UCD EI

Participants

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON - UK - C
DAIMLER-BENZ AG - D - P
CRIN - F - P
CSELT - I - P
TNO - NL - P
TELEVERKET - S - P
ELAB-UNIT - N - P
JYDSK TELEFON (JTAS) - DK - P
PTT RESEARCH NEHER LABORATORIES - NL - A
NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY - UK - A
SMITHS INDUSTRIES AEROSPACE
& DEFENCE SYSTEMS - UK - A
RUHR-UNIVERSITÄT BOCHUM - D - A
UNIVERSITÄT BIELEFELD - D - A
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - S - A
DRA - UK - A
LOGICA LTD - UK - A


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SAM - 2589, December 1993


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