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7478047 Interactive character system  
A system and method for controlling a synthetic character using a control system displays the character engaged in an activity, receiving a first input from a user, determines whether the input is...
7475007 Expression extraction device, expression extraction method, and recording medium  
Provided is an expression extraction device for extracting evaluation expressions from text having descriptions on evaluations of a specific evaluation target, which includes a registered...
7475016 Speech segment clustering and ranking  
A system, method, and apparatus for identifying problematic speech segments is provided. The system includes a clustering module for generating a first cluster of one or more consecutive speech...
7472065 Generating paralinguistic phenomena via markup in text-to-speech synthesis  
Converting marked-up text into a synthesized stream includes providing marked-up text to a processor-based system, converting the marked-up text into a text stream including vocabulary items,...
7472066 Automatic speech segmentation and verification using segment confidence measures  
An automatic speech segmentation and verification system and method is disclosed, which has a known text script and a recorded speech corpus corresponding to the known text script. A speech unit...
7460997 Method and system for preselection of suitable units for concatenative speech  
A system and method for improving the response time of text-to-speech synthesis utilizes “triphone contexts” (i.e., triplets comprising a central phoneme and its immediate context) as the basic...
7457748 Method of automatic processing of a speech signal  
Method of automatically processing a speech signal which comprises the steps of: determining a sequence of probability models corresponding to a given text;determining a sequence of acoustic...
7457752 Method and apparatus for controlling the operation of an emotion synthesizing device  
Method and apparatus for controlling the operation of an emotion synthesizing device, notably of the type where the emotion is conveyed by a sound, having at least one input parameter whose value...
7454343 Speech synthesizer, speech synthesizing method, and program  
A speech synthesizer that provides high-quality sound along with stable sound quality, including: a target parameter generation unit; a speech element DB; an element selection unit; a mixed...
7454340 Voice recognition performance estimation apparatus, method and program allowing insertion of an unnecessary word  
A voice recognition estimating apparatus for a voice recognition apparatus, including a voice data property generator that generates properties of voice data used to determine, based on an...
7454345 Word or collocation emphasizing voice synthesizer  
A voice synthesizer, which obtains a voice by emphasizing a specific part of a sentence, includes an emphasis degree deciding unit that extracts a word or a collocation to be emphasized from among...
7454347 Voice labeling error detecting system, voice labeling error detecting method and program  
A labeling part 3 analyzes the character string data to produce a phoneme label and a prosody label, partition the voice data stored in a voice database 1 into phonemic data, and label the...
7454346 Apparatus and methods for converting textual information to audio-based output  
A system for providing text-to-speech conversion of a body of text is presented. The system includes a first executable resource which generates text portions from the body of text in response to...
7454348 System and method for blending synthetic voices  
A system and method for generating a synthetic text-to-speech TTS voice are disclosed. A user is presented with at least one TTS voice and at least one voice characteristic. A new synthetic TTS...
7450700 Home office communication system and method  
A home office communication system (10) has a control and display system (16). A modem (12) is controlled by the control and display system (16) and connected to a telephone line (14). A...
7437293 Data transmission system with enhancement data  
A method of enhancing an electronic communication is disclosed, be it in the form of a message, file, or other type of transmission. The method includes the steps of transmitting and receiving a...
7433490 System and method for real time lip synchronization  
A novel method for synchronizing the lips of a sketched face to an input voice. The lip synchronization system and method approach is to use training video as much as possible when the input voice...
7418388 Voice synthesizing method using independent sampling frequencies and apparatus therefor  
A method and a system of producing a synthesized voice is provided. A voice sound waveform is provided at a voice sampling frequency based on pronunciation informations. A voice-less sound...
7415407 Information transmitting system, information encoder and information decoder  
The invention relates to an information transmission system capable of transmitting target information via voice, as well as to an information encoding apparatus and an information decoding...
7412390 Method and apparatus for speech synthesis, program, recording medium, method and apparatus for generating constraint information and robot apparatus  
The emotion is to be added to the synthesized speech as the prosodic feature of the language is maintained. In a speech synthesis device 200, a language processor 201 generates a string of...
7409347 Data-driven global boundary optimization  
Portions from segment boundary regions of a plurality of speech segments are extracted. Each segment boundary region is based on a corresponding initial unit boundary. Feature vectors that...
7403897 Voice output device, information input device, file selection device, telephone set, and program and recording medium of the same  
A device, computer program and method for outputting linguistic information. The voice output device, for example, includes an output information acquisition unit acquiring linguistic information...
7400651 Device and method for interpolating frequency components of signal  
A frequency interpolation apparatus is provided which reproduces a signal similar to an original signal by approximately recovering suppressed frequency components, from an input signal having the...
7401020 Application of emotion-based intonation and prosody to speech in text-to-speech systems  
A text-to-speech system that includes an arrangement for accepting text input, an arrangement for providing synthetic speech output, and an arrangement for imparting emotion-based features to...
7392192 Method of and apparatus for improving research and/or communication interaction with animals such as dolphins and the like, and providing more facile communication with humans lacking speaking capability  
A novel method and microprocessor-controlled apparatus are provided for improving research and/or communication interaction between human and animals, such as dolphins and the like, or between...
7386451 Optimization of an objective measure for estimating mean opinion score of synthesized speech  
A method is provided for optimizing an objective measure used to estimate mean opinion score or naturalness of synthesized speech from a speech synthesizer. The method includes using an objective...
7386450 Generating multimedia information from text information using customized dictionaries  
A system for generating multimedia information including audio information, video information, or both is disclosed. The system includes an interface, a text converter, and a first multimedia...
7383185 System and method of epsilon removal of weighted automata and transducers  
An improved ε-removal method is disclosed that computes for any input weighted automaton A with ε-transitions an equivalent weighted automation B with no ε-transitions. The method comprises two...
7383186 Singing voice synthesizing apparatus with selective use of templates for attack and non-attack notes  
In an apparatus for synthesizing a singing voice of a song, a storage section stores template data in correspondence to various expressions applicable to music notes. The template data includes...
7379871 Speech synthesizing apparatus, speech synthesizing method, and recording medium using a plurality of substitute dictionaries corresponding to pre-programmed personality information  
Various sensors detect conditions outside a robot and an operation applied to the robot, and output the results of detection to a robot-motion-system control section. The robot-motion-system...
7376560 Speech recognition device to mark parts of a recognized text  
In a transcription device (1) for transcribing a spoken text (GT) into a recognized text (ET) and for editing incorrectly recognized parts of the recognized text (ET), marking means (12, 15, 17)...
7369995 Method and apparatus for synthesizing speech from text  
A speech synthesis method, in which speech units are concatenated using a DB, wherein the speech units to be concatenated are determined and divided into a left speech unit and a right speech...
7369994 Methods and apparatus for rapid acoustic unit selection from a large speech corpus  
A speech synthesis system can select recorded speech fragments, or acoustic units, from a very large database of acoustic units to produce artificial speech. The selected acoustic units are chosen...
7365260 Apparatus and method for reproducing voice in synchronism with music piece  
Music piece sequence data are composed of a plurality of event data which include performance event data and user event data designed for linking a voice to progression of a music piece. A...
7366661 Information extracting device  
The present invention relates to an information extraction apparatus capable of analyzing an acoustic signal with accuracy and high efficiency. An amplitude analysis section 32 determines whether...
7356468 Lexical stress prediction  
A system and method for predicting lexical stress is disclosed comprising a plurality of stress prediction models. In an embodiment of the invention, the stress prediction models are cascaded,...
7349847 Speech synthesis apparatus and speech synthesis method  
A speech synthesis apparatus appropriately transforms a voice characteristic of speech. The speech synthesis apparatus includes an element storing unit in which speech elements are stored, and a...
7337109 Multiple step adaptive method for time scaling  
A multiple step adaptive method for time scaling. Synthesizing S3[n] signal from signal S1[n]signal and S2[n]signal. Comprising following steps: (a) calculating a first magnitude of a...
7337118 Audio coding system using characteristics of a decoded signal to adapt synthesized spectral components  
A receiver in an audio coding system receives a signal conveying frequency subband signals representing an audio signal. The subband signals are examined to assess one or more characteristics of...
7333932 Method for speech synthesis  
A method, an arrangement and a computer program synthesize speech by grapheme/phoneme conversion. In this case, a search is made for subwords of a given word in a database which contains phonetic...
7332668 Wavetable audio synthesis system  
The present invention relates to an audio synthesis system for performing wavetable audio synthesis. The system comprises an instrument database, an analysis module, a memory, a judgment module,...
7328159 Interactive speech recognition apparatus and method with conditioned voice prompts  
An improved system for an interactive voice recognition system (400) includes a voice prompt generator (401) for generating voice prompt in a first frequency band (501). A speech detector (406)...
7328157 Domain adaptation for TTS systems  
Embodiments of the present invention pertain to adaptation of a corpus-driven general-purpose TTS system to at least one specific domain. The domain adaptation is realized by adding a limited...
7315813 Method of speech segment selection for concatenative synthesis based on prosody-aligned distance measure  
A method of speech segment selection for concatenative synthesis based on prosody-aligned distance measure is disclosed. This method is based on comparison of speech segments segmented from a...
7315818 Error correction in speech recognition  
New techniques and systems may be implemented to improve error correction in speech recognition. These new techniques and systems may be implemented to correct errors in speech recognition systems...
7313522 Voice synthesis system and method that performs voice synthesis of text data provided by a portable terminal  
A system for providing a particular voice to a received e-mail includes a portable terminal and a server. The portable terminal attaches a voice sampling name to the text data and transmits it to...
7310513 Hand-ear user interface for hand-held device  
A hand-held information processing device, such as a mobile phone, has a thumb wheel that lets the user scan a circular array of options. Each respective one of the options is represented by a...
7302395 Speech notification  
A notification device comprises control software including a calendar-type application, which is capable of managing notification messages and where the messages are associated with at least an...
7299182 Text-to-speech (TTS) for hand-held devices  
There is provided an Ebook. The Ebook includes a memory device, a text-to-speech (TTS) module, and at least one speaker. The memory device stores files. The files include text. The TTS module...
7286986 Method and apparatus for smoothing fundamental frequency discontinuities across synthesized speech segments  
A method of smoothing fundamental frequency discontinuities at boundaries of concatenated speech segments includes determining, for each speech segment, a beginning fundamental frequency value and...