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Ailbhe Ni Chasaide
Professor in Phonetics, C.L.C.S.

Biography

Ailbhe Ní Chasaide graduated from the Universities of Galway (B.A.), Bordeaux (Maîtrise es Lettres) and Bangor, Wales (M.A., Ph.D). When first appointed to Trinity College Dublin, she founded the Phonetics & Speech Laboratory and is currently Professor of Phonetics. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, and has served as a Member of the University's Board and as School Director of Research. She has also served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the International Phonetic Association. She has directed over 20 funded research projects, on voice analysis and the role of voice in communication, on the prosody of Irish, and on the development of speech technology and linguistic resources for Irish. Awards, such as a Fullbright Fellowship and a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship have funded extended research periods with the M.I.T Speech Group, Haskins Laboratories (Yale), KTH, Stockholm, and Oxford University.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Faking Intelligent CALL: the Irish context and the road ahead, Proceedings of the joint workshop on NLP for Computer Assisted Language Learning and NLP for Language Acquisition at SLTC, Umeå, Sweden, 16/11/2016, edited by Elena Volodina, Gintarė Grigonytė, Ildikó Pilán, Kristina Nilsson Björkenstam, Lars Borin , (130), Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet, 2016, pp60 - 65 Conference Paper, 2016

Yanushevskaya, I, Ní Chasaide, A., Gobl, C., The interaction of long-term voice quality with the realisation of focus, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp931 - 935 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Dorn, A. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Donegal Irish rises: Similarities and differences to rises in English varieties, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp163 - 167 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Ní Chiaráin, N., & Ní Chasaide, A., The Digichaint interactive game as a virtual learning environment for Irish, Proceedings of CALL communities and culture - short papers from EUROCALL 2016, Limassol, Cyprus, edited by Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny , Research-publishing.net, 2016, pp330 - 336 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Yanushevskaya, I., Murphy, A., Gobl, C., Ní Chasaide, A., Perceptual salience of voice source parameters in signaling focal prominence, Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA, 2016, pp3161 - 3165 Conference Paper, 2016

O'Reilly, M. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Modelling the timing and scaling of nuclear pitch accents of Connaught and Ulster Irish with the Fujisaki model of intonation, Speech Prosody 2016, Boston, MA, 2016, pp355 - 359 Conference Paper, 2016 DOI

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Chatbot Technology with Synthetic Voices in the Acquisition of an Endangered Language: Motivation, Development and Evaluation of a Platform for Irish, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), Portoro , Slovenia, 23-28 May 2016, edited by Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis , European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2016, pp3429 - 3435 Conference Paper, 2016

Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Berthelsen, H., Wendler, C., Murphy. A. , Speech technology as documentation for endangered language preservation: the case of Irish, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 2015, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Petra Wagner, Antonio Origlia, Cinzia Avesani, George Christodoulides, Francesco Cutugno, Mariapaola d'Imperio, David Escudero, Barbara Gili Fivela, Anne Lacheret, Bogdan Ludusan, Helena Moniz, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Oliver Niebuhr, Lucie Rousier-Vercruyssen, Anne-Catherine Simon, Juraj imko, Fabio Tesser, Martti Vainio, Different parts of the same elephant: a roadmap to disentangle and connect different perspectives on prosodic prominence, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 2015, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2015 URL

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., The TATL framework for CALL development, EUROCALL 2015, Padova, Italy, 2015, pp80 - 81 Meeting Abstract, 2015 URL

Ní Chasaide, A., Yanushevskaya, I., and Gobl, C. , Prosody of voice: declination, sentence mode and interaction with prominence, The 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), Glasgow, UK, August 10-14, 2015, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2015 URL

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., The TATL framework for CALL development, EUROCALL 2015, Padova, Italy, 2015, pp427 - 432 Conference Paper, 2015 URL DOI

Dorn, A. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Sentence mode differentiation in four Donegal Irish varieties, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 2015, pp1-5 Conference Paper, 2015 URL

Gobl, C., Yanushevskaya, I., and Ní Chasaide, A., The relationship between voice source parameters and the Maxima Dispersion Quotient (MDQ), Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany, September 7-10, 2015, pp2337 - 2341 Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., Evaluating synthetic speech in an Irish CALL application: influences of predisposition and of the holistic environment, ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, SLaTE 2015, Leipzig, Germany, 2015, pp149 - 154 Conference Paper, 2015

Yanushevskaya, I., Kane, J., De Looze, C., & Ní Chasaide, A., The distribution of pitch patterns and communicative types in speech chunks preceding pauses and gap, Proceedings of Speech Prosody 7, Speech Prosody 7 , Dublin, Ireland, 2014, 2014, pp959 - 963 Conference Paper, 2014

C. De Looze, I. Yanushevskaya, J. Kane, and A. Ní Chasaide, Pitch range declination and reset in turn-taking organisation, Proceedings of Speech Prosody 7, Speech Prosody 7, Dublin, Ireland, 2014, 2014, pp1100 - 1104 Conference Paper, 2014

J. Kane, I. Yanushevskaya, C. De Looze, B. Vaughan, and A. Ní Chasaide, Analysing the prosodic characteristics of speech-chunks preceding silences in task-based interactions, Interspeech 2014 , Singapore, 2014, 2014, pp333 - 337 Conference Paper, 2014

Ní Chiaráin, N. & Ní Chasaide, A., Evaluating text-to-speech synthesis for CALL applications, Proceedings of the International CALL Research Conference, Antwerp, 2014, International CALL Research Conference, Antwerp, 2014, University of Antwerp, 2014, pp104 - 110 Conference Paper, 2014

Dalton, J., Kane, J., Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., GlóRí - the Glottal Research Instrument, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Dublin, Ireland, 2014, pp944 - 948 Conference Paper, 2014

Yanushevskaya I., Gobl C., Ní Chasaide A., Voice quality in affect cueing: does loudness matter?, Frontiers in Psychology, 4, (335), 2013, p1 - 14 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text DOI

Kane, J., Yanushevskaya, I., Dalton, J., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Using phonetic feature extraction to determine optimal speech regions for maximising the effectiveness of glottal source analysis, INTERSPEECH 2013, Lyon, France, 2013, pp29 - 33 Conference Paper, 2013

Ní Chasaide, A., Yanushevskaya, I., Kane, J., Gobl, C., The voice prominence hypothesis: the interplay of F0 and voice source features in accentuation, INTERSPEECH 2013, Lyon, France, 2013, pp3527 - 3531 Conference Paper, 2013

Ní Chasaide, A., Kane, J., Dalton, J., Yanushevskaya, I. and Gobl, C., Analysing the voice, Proceedings of the Workshop on Innovation and Applications in Speech Technology (IAST, Dublin, Ireland, 2012, pp40 - 40 Meeting Abstract, 2012 URL

Language matters in the perception of affect from voice in, editor(s)Verbickaja L. А., Ivanova N. K. , Čelovek govor'a čij. K 80-letiju so dn'a ro denija L. V. Bondarko (Speaking man. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of L. V. Bondarko), Ivanovo, Russia, Ivanovo State University of Technology, 2012, pp172 - 180, [Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C.] Book Chapter, 2012

Nukaga, N., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Experimental study on voice quality control based on source-filter decomposition, Proceedings of the Workshop on Innovation and Applications in Speech Technology (IAST), Dublin, Ireland, 2012, pp49 - 52 Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Judge, J., Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Dhubhda, R., Scannell, K. P. and Uí Dhonnachadha, E. , The Irish language in the digital age, Springer, 2012, 87pp Book, 2012

Amelie Dorn, Maria O'Reilly and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Analysing rhythmic properties of Irish dialects, Proceedings of the Workshop on Innovation and Applications in Speech Technology (IAST), Dublin, Ireland, 2012, pp42 - 42 Meeting Abstract, 2012 URL

Neasa Ní Chiaráin and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Exploring Irish text-to-speech synthesis for educational purposes, Proceedings of the Workshop on Innovation and Applications in Speech Technology (IAST), Dulbin, Ireland, 2012, pp37 - 37 Meeting Abstract, 2012 URL

Kane, J., Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Exploiting time and frequency domain measures for precise voice source parameterisation, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Shanghai, China, 2012, pp143 - 146 Conference Paper, 2012

Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Christoph Wendler, Harald Berthelsen, Amelia Kelly, Emer Gilmartin, Elaine Ní Dhonnchadha, Christer Gobl, Towards personalised, synthesis-based content in Irish (Gaelic) language education, SLaTE2011, Venice, Italy, 2011, pp4 Conference Paper, 2011

Dorn, A., O'Reilly, M. and Ní Chasaide, A , Prosodic signalling of sentence mode in two varieties of Irish (Gaelic), Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong, China, 2011, pp611 - 614 Conference Paper, 2011

Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Universal and language-specific perception of affect from voice, The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), Hong Kong, China, 2011, pp2208 - 2211 Conference Paper, 2011

Dorn, A. and Ní Chasaide, A., Effects of focus on f0 and duration in Irish (Gaelic) declaratives, Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2011, Florence, Italy, 2011, pp965 - 968 Conference Paper, 2011

Ní Chasaide, A., Yanushevskaya, I. and Gobl, C., Voice source dynamics in intonation, The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), Hong Kong, China, 2011, pp1470 - 1473 Conference Paper, 2011

Voice source variation and its communicative functions in, editor(s)William J. Hardcastle, John Laver and Fiona E. Gibbon , The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences (Second Edition), Oxford, Blackwell, 2010, pp378 - 423, [Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A. ] Book Chapter, 2010

O'Reilly, M., Dorn, A. and Ní Chasaide, A., Focus in Donegal Irish (Gaelic) and Donegal English bilinguals, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Chicago, Illinois, 2010, pp4 Conference Paper, 2010

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C., Kane, J. and Ní Chasaide, A., An exploration of voice source correlates of focus, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2010, Makuhari, Japan, 2010, pp462 - 465 Conference Paper, 2010

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Voice parameter dynamics in portrayed emotions, Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop: Models and analysis of vocal emissions for biomedical applications, Florence, Italy, edited by Claudia Manfredi , Firenze University Press, 2009, pp21 - 24 Conference Paper, 2009 URL

Kelly, A.C., Ní Chasaide, A. Berthelsen, H., Campbell, N. and Gobl, C., Corpus Design Techniques for Irish Speech Synthesis, Proceedings of the China-Ireland International Conference on Information and Communications Technology (CIICT 2009), Maynooth, Ireland, 2009, pp264 - 265 Conference Paper, 2009

Kalaldeh, R., Dorn A. and Ní Chasaide, A., Tonal alignment in three varieties of Hiberno-English, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2009, Brighton, UK, 6-10 September, ISCA, 2009, pp2443 - 2446 Conference Paper, 2009 URL TARA - Full Text

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C., Ní Chasaide, A., Perceived loudness and voice quality in affect cueing, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2009, Brighton, UK, 2009, pp1979 - 1982 Conference Paper, 2009

O'Reilly, M., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C. , Cross-Dialect Irish Prosody: Linguistic Constraints on Fujisaki Modelling, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2008, Brisbane, Australia, 2008, pp886 - 889 Conference Paper, 2008 URL TARA - Full Text

Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C. , Cross-language study of vocal correlates of affective states, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2008, Brisbane, Australia, 2008, pp330 - 333 Conference Paper, 2008 URL

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Voice quality and loudness in affect perception, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Campinas, Brazil, 2008, pp709 - 712 Conference Paper, 2008 URL TARA - Full Text

O'Reilly, M. and Ni Chasaide, A. , Analysis of intonation contours in portrayed emotions using the Fujisaki model, The Second International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction. Proceedings of the Doctoral Consortium , Lisbon, Portugal, 2007, pp17 - 24 Conference Paper, 2007 TARA - Full Text URL

Melodic alignment and micro-dialect variation in Connaught Irish in, editor(s)C. Gussenhoven and T. Riad , and Tunes: Studies in Word and Sentence Prosody, Vol. 2, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 2007, pp293 - 315, [Dalton, M. and Ní Chasaide, A. ] Book Chapter, 2007

Time- and amplitude-based voice source correlates of emotional portrayals in, editor(s)A. Paiva, R. Prada, R. W. Picard , Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Berlin Heidelberg, Springer, 2007, pp156 - 170, [Yanushevskaya, I., Tooher, M., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A.] Book Chapter, 2007 DOI

Dalton, M. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Nuclear accents in four Irish (Gaelic) dialects, Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Saarbrücken, 2007, pp965 - 968 Conference Paper, 2007 TARA - Full Text URL

Ní Chasaide, A., Wogan, J., Ó Raghallaigh, B., Ní Bhriain, Á., Zoerner, E., Berthelsen, H. and Gobl, C. , Speech Technology for Minority Languages: the Case of Irish (Gaelic), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2006, Pittsburgh, 2006, 181 - 184 Conference Paper, 2006 URL TARA - Full Text

Gobl, C. Yanushevskaya, I., and Ní Chasaide, A. , Cross-language perception of voice and affect, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120, 2006, pp3290 - 3290 Meeting Abstract, 2006

Dalton, M. and Ní Chasaide, A., Tonal alignment in Irish Dialects, Language and Speech, 48, (4), 2006, p441 - 464 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Mapping Voice to Affect: Japanese listeners, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Speech Prosody, International Conference on Speech Prosody, Dresden, 2-5 May, ISCA, 2006, pp1-4 Conference Paper, 2006 TARA - Full Text URL

Wogan, J., Ó Raghallaigh, B., Ní Bhriain, Á., Zoerner, E., Berthelsen, H., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Developing a Spoken Corpus and a Synthesiser for Irish (Gaelic), Proceedings of the 5th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Languages, 5th SALTMIL Workshop on Minority Languages, Genoa, Italy, 2006, pp4 Conference Paper, 2006 TARA - Full Text URL

Ní Chasaide, A. and Dalton, M., Dialect alignment signatures, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Speech Prosody, International Conference on Speech Prosody, Dresden, 2-5 May, ISCA, 2006, pp1-4 Conference Paper, 2006 URL TARA - Full Text

Dalton, M. and Ní Chasaide, A., Peak timing in two dialects of Connaught Irish, Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, INTERSPEECH 2005, Lisbon, 2005, 1377 - 1380 Conference Paper, 2005 URL TARA - Full Text

Yanushevskaya, I., Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Voice quality and f0 cues for affect expression: implications for synthesis, Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, INTERSPEECH 2005, Lisbon, Sept, 4-8, 2005, pp1849 - 1852 Conference Paper, 2005 URL TARA - Full Text

On the relationship between phonatory quality and affect, in, W. J. Hardcastle and J. Mackenzie Beck , A Figure of Speech: a Festschrift for John Laver, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005, 323 - 346, [Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C.] Book Chapter, 2005

Williams, B., Prys, D. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Creating an ongoing research capability in speech technology for two minority languages: experiences from the WISPR project, Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, INTERSPEECH 2005, Lisbon, 2005, 189 - 192 Conference Paper, 2005 URL TARA - Full Text

Prys, D., Williams, B., Hicks, B., Jones, D., Ní Chasaide, A., Gobl, C., Carson-Berndsen, J., Cummins, F., Ní Chiosáin, M., McKenna, J., Scaife, R. and Uí Dhonnchadha, E., WISPR: Speech processing resources for Welsh and Irish, Proceedings of the SALTMIL Workshop at LREC2004: First Steps in Language documentation for Minority Languages, Lisbon, 2004, 68 - 71 Conference Paper, 2004

Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Decomposing linguistic and affective components of phonatory quality, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, INTERSPEECH 2004, Jeju Island, Korea, 2004, 901 - 904 Conference Paper, 2004 URL

Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C. , Voice quality and f0 in prosody: towards a holistic account, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Speech Prosody, Nara, Japan, March 23-26, 2004, 189 - 196 Conference Paper, 2004 URL TARA - Full Text

Ní Chasaide, A., Dalton, M., Ito, M. and Gobl, C., Analysing Irish Prosody: a dual linguistic/quantitative approach, Proceedings of the SALTMIL Workshop at LREC2004: First Steps in Language documentation for Minority Languages, LREC2004: First Steps in Language documentation for Minority Languages, Lisbon, 2004, 60 - 63 Conference Paper, 2004 URL TARA - Full Text

Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., The role of voice quality in communicating emotion, mood and attitude, Speech Communication, 40, (1-2), 2003, 189 - 212 Journal Article, 2003 DOI

Ryan, C., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Voice Quality Variation and the Perception of Affect: Continuous or Categorical?, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, 2003, 2409 - 2412 Conference Paper, 2003 TARA - Full Text URL

Dalton, M. and Ní Chasaide, A. , Modelling intonation in three Irish dialects, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, 2003, pp1073 - 1076 Conference Paper, 2003 TARA - Full Text URL

Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Amplitude-based source parameters for measuring voice quality, Proceedings of the ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop VOQUAL'03 on Voice Quality: Functions, Analysis and Synthesis, VOQUAL'03,, Geneva, August 27-29, 2003, pp151 - 156 Conference Paper, 2003 URL

Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Voice quality and expressive speech, Proceedings of the 1st JST/CREST International Workshop on Expressive Speech Processing, Kobe, Japan, 2003, 19 - 28 Conference Paper, 2003

Research Expertise

Description

I carry out research on the voice, and on its role in speech communication, on the prosodic and segmental structure of Irish, and on speech technology for Irish. This research is carried out with the research group of the Phonetics & Speech Lab. The voice carries different strands of information: personal (on the identity and characteristics of the speaker), linguistic (shaping the prosodic structure of the message) and paralinguistic (through tone-of-voice conveying our feelings and attitude to the speaker and to the message). I am interested particularly on the interaction of the latter two, which together make up the 'prosody of the voice', and work towards the elaboration a more holistic model of speech prosody, using specialised voice analysis techniques developed here at TCD. I also research the prosody and segmentals of Irish and of Irish English. Developing speech technology for Irish dialects is a further research interest that builds on the theoretical and empirical strands of my research. Text-to-speech systems, developed for Irish dialects, are made available at www.abair.ie, and along with this, a growing body of resources, aimed at language users/learners, and at disability access. This work on Irish aims further to explore how speech technology resources can play a role in the maintenance and preservation of endangered languages.

Projects

  • Title
    • ABAIR
  • Summary
    • Developing multi-dialect text-to-speech and resources for Irish Dialects. (Continues the research of Cabógaí)
  • Funding Agency
    • An Roinn Ealaíon Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • FASTNET -- Focus on Actions in Social Talk: Network-Enabling Technology
  • Summary
    • Modelling for speech technology applications the 'second channel' in speech, where tone-of-voice and manner of speaking conveys important information about the speaker's affect and attitude to the listener and to the discourse.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • CABÓGAÍ II
  • Summary
    • Speech synthesis and corpora for Irish dialects (continued work of Cabógín I)
  • Funding Agency
    • Foras na Gaeilge
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • CNGL CSET
  • Summary
    • Next generation localization
  • Funding Agency
    • SFI
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2013
  • Title
    • CABÓIGÍN I
  • Summary
    • Basic linguistic resources and speech synthesis prototype for Donegal Irish
  • Funding Agency
    • Foras na Gaeilge
  • Date From
    • 2006
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • VOCON - Voice Control in Unit Selection Concatenative Synthesis
  • Summary
    • Development of methods for voice analysis to permit control in speech synthesis systems based on non-uniform unit-selection concatenation.
  • Funding Agency
    • Hitachi, Japan
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2006
  • Title
    • Prosody of Irish Dialects: the use of intonation, rhythm, voice quality for linguistic and paralinguistic signalling
  • Summary
    • A quantitative analysis of the prosodic structure of the four main Irish dialects.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS - Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • ABAIR-NCBI
  • Summary
    • Implictions of Irish Speech Technology for the Visually Impaired: Evaluating Screenreading Technology with Irish Synthetic Voices for Visually Impaired Users
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council for the Blind of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • WISPR - Welsh and Irish Speech Processing Resources
  • Summary
    • Development of annotated speech corpora for Irish and Welsh and the prerequisites for text-to-speech synthesis systems.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2005
  • Title
    • HUMAINE - Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion
  • Summary
    • EU Network of Excellence to develop systems that can register, model and/or influence human emotional states and processes. Involves 29 European laboratories.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • Interaction of voice quality and f0 in prosody
  • Summary
    • This research looked at how pitch and other voice source parameters (voice quality) interact as an integral part of the expression of prosody
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS - Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Date From
    • 2003
  • Date To
    • 2004
  • Title
    • Technology and Irish language pedagogy
  • Summary
    • Project supporting the extension of the language modules to Irish, which may be taken across College. The postgraduate research attaching to the post will focus on how technology can be harnessed in the teaching of Irish, creating a bridge to the applied linguistics activities of the school.
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA
  • Date From
    • 2004
  • Date To
    • 2007
  • Title
    • COST 258 - The naturalness of synthetic speech
  • Summary
    • Research concerned with the naturalness of synthetic speech in concrete applications, with a particular focus on the improvement of sound quality and prosodic modelling. Our involvement in this project started in March 2000.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1997
  • Date To
    • 2001
  • Title
    • SPACT (phase 1 and 2) - Application of speech recognition/synthesis technology in the MIR space station
  • Summary
    • This project had as its objective to equip a workstation, used for scientific experiments on the MIR space station, with speech input/output facilities. This facility may be of critical importance when the astronaut is conducting experiments where the hand and eyes are busy. The task of our group was to select the most appropriate speech synthesis system and to adapt it to the user situation, e.g., by selecting/designing the voice quality parameters that would be used in messages to signal caution, warnings etc. In spite of problems with MIR, the output of this project did make it into orbit.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Space Agency
  • Date From
    • 1995
  • Date To
    • 1998
  • Title
    • VERIVOX - Voice variability in speaker verification
  • Summary
    • Feasibility study to examine the possibility of improving speaker verification systems by incorporating knowledge about how the voice of a speaker varies depending on stress, rate of speech, loudness level, etc.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1997
  • Date To
    • 1998
  • Title
    • SPEECH MAPS - Sound-to-gesture inversion in speech
  • Summary
    • This project explored how an articulatory robot can learn to produce articulatory gestures from sounds. A major component involved the recovery of the sources (articulatory and acoustic) from the speech output signal.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1992
  • Date To
    • 1995
  • Title
    • VOX - The analysis and synthesis of speaker characteristics
  • Summary
    • Working group concerned with the analysis and synthesis of voice quality as it varies across speakers and within the speech of the individual.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1992
  • Date To
    • 1995
  • Title
    • ACCOR I - Articulatory-acoustic correlations in coarticulation
  • Summary
    • A cross-language investigation of coarticulation including acquisition of an articulatory-acoustic database in 7 languages. Our Laboratory worked on Irish and on voice variability in a number of languages.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1989
  • Date To
    • 1992
  • Title
    • ACCOR II - Articulatory-acoustic correlations in coarticulation
  • Summary
    • Continuation of ACCOR I
  • Funding Agency
    • EU
  • Date From
    • 1992
  • Date To
    • 1995
  • Title
    • ABAIR-NCBI
  • Summary
    • Exploring implications of Irish speech technology for the visually impaired. Research on the elaboration and evaluation of screenreading technology with Irish synthetic voices.
  • Funding Agency
    • National Council for the Blind of Ireland
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • CabairE
  • Summary
    • Exploring the Educational Application of Irish Synthetic Voices
  • Funding Agency
    • COGG: An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2014

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Governmnet of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2003

Arts & ESS Benefaction Fund Award for research visit to ATR, Kyoto, Japan 2003

Fellow Trinity College Dublin (elected) 1998

Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association (elected, 1995-2003) 1995-2003

Vice President of the International Phonetic Association (elected) 1993-1995

Trinity Trust Award for research at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1989

Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship for research at M.I.T. and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven 1987

Swedish Institute Scholarship for research at Royal Institute of Tech¬nology, Stockholm 1986

CNRS (Paris)/ and NBST (Dublin) Award: research visits, French speech laboratories 1985

Research Fellowship, Oxford University 1982

University of Wales Studentship 1977-1979

Postgraduate Scholarship from Irish Linguistics Institute 1979-1977

Junior Research and Teaching Fellowship, University College Galway 1973-1974

Memberships

Council Member, and Past Vice President and Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association

International Speech Communication Association

Acoustical Society of America

Colloquium of British Academic Phoneticians

Irish Speech Group