March 12th - Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli

Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli (LTI, CMU and L2F, INESC-ID)

Speech Translation: Modeling and Conversion of speaking style across languages


In this talk I will describe our recent efforts within the PT-STAR project for speech translation across languages. I will begin with brief descriptions about the component systems for speech recognition, machine translation and speech synthesis and talk in greater detail about modeling and conversion of prosodic aspects of speech across languages, a major part of speaking style. Illustrating with example demos for the case of English<->Portuguese translation, I will comment on the bottlenecks in the current speech translation technology and list some challenges for the future that may be of interest to ML/Speech/NLP research community.


Bio: Gopala is a PhD candidate in the CMU|Portugal program jointly advised by Prof. Alan Black at LTI/CMU and Prof. Luis Oliveira at INESC-ID/IST. His interests are in all aspects of speech and language processing and his PhD thesis is in prosody modeling for speech synthesis and voice conversion within and across languages. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering (CS/AI) and Masters in science (CS) both from IIIT-Hyderabad, India.