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7280967 Method for detecting misaligned phonetic units for a concatenative text-to-speech voice  
A method of filtering phonetic units to be used within a concatenative text-to-speech (CTTS) voice. Initially, a normality threshold can be established. At least one phonetic unit that has been...
7266497 Automatic segmentation in speech synthesis  
Systems and methods for automatically segmenting speech inventories. A set of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) are initialized using bootstrap data. The HMMs are next re-estimated and aligned to...
7251602 Voice browser system  
To provide a browser apparatus with the contents of data provided on a network in a form of voice data, voice data indicating a part or the whole of the contents of the data provided on the...
7249011 Methods and apparatus for automatic training using natural language techniques for analysis of queries presented to a trainee and responses from the trainee  
Techniques for training a call center operator trainee are described. A database contains queries including caller speech providing information to be used in routing a call. Each query is...
7249021 Simultaneous plural-voice text-to-speech synthesizer  
A multiple-voice instructing unit (17) instructs pitch deforming ratio and mixing ratio to a multiple-voice synthesis unit (16). The multiple voice synthesis unit (16) generates a standard voice...
7243067 Method and apparatus for wireless transmission of messages between a vehicle-internal communication system and a vehicle-external central computer  
In a method and apparatus for wireless transmission of messages between a vehicle-internal communication system and a vehicle-external central computer, the vehicle-internal communication system...
7240005 Method of controlling high-speed reading in a text-to-speech conversion system  
A method of high-speed reading in a text-to-speech conversion system including a text analysis module (101) for generating a phoneme and prosody character string from an input text; a prosody...
7233900 Word sequence output device  
The present invention relates to a word sequence output device in which emotional synthetic speech can be output. The device outputs emotional synthetic speech. A text generating unit 31 generates...
7228270 Dictionary management apparatus for speech conversion  
A dictionary management apparatus is disclosed, which can optimize a dictionary required for speech synthesis of character data. The apparatus checks if character data which is to undergo speech...
7225128 System and method for providing information using spoken dialogue interface  
There are provided a system and method for providing information using a spoken dialogue interface. The system includes a speech recognizer for transforming voice signals into sentences; a...
7219060 Speech synthesis using concatenation of speech waveforms  
A high quality speech synthesizer in various embodiments concatenates speech waveforms referenced by a large speech database. Speech quality is further improved by speech unit selection and...
7216081 Interactive process and system for screening cytological specimens  
Concentration by cytology personnel, i.e. users, is induced during scanning and marking of cytology slides, by electronic recognition of parsed voice inputs that are spoken by the users,...
7201741 Device and method for dosing substances  
The invention relates to a device for dosing substances to be dispensed, in particular medicinal liquids, in particular for an injection, the device including a setting device for setting the...
7203759 System and method for receiving multi-media messages  
A system and method of delivering a multi-media message to a recipient is disclosed. The multi-media message is created by a sender and contains a talking entity for delivering a sender message. A...
7203642 Robot control apparatus and method with echo back prosody  
The present invention relates to robot control apparatuses which make a user recognize that speech is accepted. A user's speech input to a microphone 15 is subjected to speech recognition by a...
7197120 Method and system for facilitating mediated communication  
One embodiment of the disclosures made herein is a method for facilitating mediated communication. In such an embodiment of the disclosures made herein, a voice-based communication request...
7191131 Electronic document processing apparatus  
On receipt of a tagged file, as a tagged document, at step S1, a document processing apparatus at step S2 derives the attribute information for read-out from tags of the tagged file and embeds the...
7173986 Nonlinear overlap method for time scaling  
A nonlinear overlap method for time scaling to synthesize an S1[n] and an S2[n] into an S3[n] is disclosed. The S1[n] and the S2[n] having N1 and N2 signals respectively. The nonlinear overlap...
7165030 Concatenative speech synthesis using a finite-state transducer  
A method for concatenative speech synthesis includes a processing stage that selects segments based on their symbolic labeling in an efficient graph-based search, which uses a finite-state...
7162424 Method and system for defining a sequence of sound modules for synthesis of a speech signal in a tonal language  
The invention relates to a method for defining a sequence of sound modules for synthesis of a speech signal in a tonal language corresponding to a sequence of speech modules. The method according...
7143038 Speech synthesis system  
A speech synthesizing system producing a speech of an improved quality of voice by selecting a combination of speech segment most suitable for a synthesis speech unit sequence. The speech...
7127396 Method and apparatus for speech synthesis without prosody modification  
A speech synthesizer is provided that concatenates stored samples of speech units without modifying the prosody of the samples. The present invention is able to achieve a high level of naturalness...
7120583 Information presentation system, information presentation apparatus, control method thereof and computer readable memory  
An information presentation computer receiving news articles distributed from an information distribution computer performs voice synthesis based on text information included in received send...
RE39336 Formant-based speech synthesizer employing demi-syllable concatenation with independent cross fade in the filter parameter and source domains  
The concatenative speech synthesizer employs demi-syllable subword units to generate speech. The synthesizer is based on a source-filter model that uses source signals that correspond closely to...
7117154 Converting apparatus of voice signal by modulation of frequencies and amplitudes of sinusoidal wave components  
A voice converter synthesizes an output voice signal from an input voice signal and a reference voice signal. In the voice converter, an analyzer device analyzes a plurality of sinusoidal wave...
7113909 Voice synthesizing method and voice synthesizer performing the same  
A stereotypical sentence is synthesized into a voice of an arbitrary speech style. A third party is able to prepare prosody data and a user of a terminal device having a voice synthesizing part...
7099828 Method and apparatus for word pronunciation composition  
A method of generating pronunciation information can include graphically presenting at least one activatable visual identifier corresponding to individual ones of a plurality of phonemes....
7096183 Customizing the speaking style of a speech synthesizer based on semantic analysis  
A method is provided for customizing the speaking style of a speech synthesizer. The method includes: receiving input text; determining semantic information for the input text; determining a...
7092873 Method of upgrading a data stream of multimedia data  
For upgrading a data stream of multimedia data, which comprises features with textual description, a set of phonetic translation hints is included in the data stream, which specifies the phonetic...
7085721 Method and apparatus for fundamental frequency extraction or detection in speech  
An object is to provide a method of extracting sound-source information, which method enables the characteristics of fixed points of mapping from filter center frequency to output instantaneous...
7069214 Factorization for generating a library of mouth shapes  
A library of mouth shapes is created by separating speaker-dependent and speaker independent variability. Preferably, speaker dependent variability is modeled by a speaker space while the speaker...
7062336 Time-division method for playing multi-channel voice signals  
A time-division method for playing multi-channel voice signals is provided to improve voice qualities of the multi-channel voice signals. The first feature of the present invention is that after...
7062437 Audio renderings for expressing non-audio nuances  
Methods, systems, computer program products, and methods of doing business by adapting audio renderings of non-audio messages (for example, e-mail messages that are processed by a text-to-speech...
7062438 Speech synthesis method and apparatus, program, recording medium and robot apparatus  
A sentence or a singing is to be synthesized with a natural speech close to the human voice. To this end, singing metrical data are formed in a tag processing unit 211 in a singing synthesis unit...
7054806 Speech synthesis apparatus using pitch marks, control method therefor, and computer-readable memory  
The distance between the first two pitch marks of a voiced portion of speech data to be processed is calculated. The difference between the adjacent inter-pitch-mark distances is calculated. The...
7054815 Speech synthesizing method and apparatus using prosody control  
A speech synthesizing apparatus extracts small speech segments from a speech waveform as a prosody control target and adds inhibition information for inhibiting a predetermined prosody change...
7047190 Method and apparatus for performing packet loss or frame erasure concealment  
The invention concerns a method and apparatus for performing packet loss or Frame Erasure Concealment (FEC) for a speech coder that does not have a built-in or standard FEC process. A receiver...
7047194 Method and device for co-articulated concatenation of audio segments  
The invention provides a method, apparatus, and a computer program stored on a data carrier that generates synthesized acoustical data by concatenating audio segments of sounds to reproduce a...
7043436 Apparatus for synthesizing speech sounds of a short message in a hands free kit for a mobile phone  
Synthesizing speech sounds to express a short message received from a caller in a handset coupled to a hands free kit, includes handset circuitry for transferring an alarm signal to the hands free...
7043420 Trainable dynamic phrase reordering for natural language generation in conversational systems  
A system and method to facilitate natural language generation in a human-to-machine conversational system that produces written or spoken output. In one aspect, a user provides a scoring function...
7043434 Integrated speech synthesizer with an automatic identification of speaker connections and identification method used thereof  
An integrated speech synthesizer with an automatic identification of speaker connections and identification method includes a sound encode register to store encoded digitized sound data, a first...
7043432 Method and system for text-to-speech caching  
In a text-to-speech system, a method of converting text-to-speech can include receiving a text input and comparing the received text input to at least one entry in a text-to-speech cache memory....
7039588 Synthesis unit selection apparatus and method, and storage medium  
Input text data undergoes language analysis to generate prosody, and a speech database is searched for a synthesis unit on the basis of the prosody. A modification distortion of the found...
7035794 Compressing and using a concatenative speech database in text-to-speech systems  
A method and apparatus are provided for compressing and using a concatenative speech database in TTS systems to improve the quality of speech output generated by handheld TTS systems by allowing...
7031919 Speech synthesizing apparatus and method, and storage medium therefor  
A speech synthesizing apparatus for synthesizing a speech waveform stores speech data, which is obtained by adding attribute information onto phoneme data, in a database. In accordance with...
7024362 Objective measure for estimating mean opinion score of synthesized speech  
A method for estimating mean opinion score or naturalness of synthesized speech is provided. The method includes using an objective measure that has components derived directly from textual...
7024367 Biometric measuring system with detachable announcement device  
A measuring system according to the present invention includes a biosensor 2, and a measuring device 1 capable of assaying a specified component in a biological sample applied to the sensor 2. An...
7016840 Method and apparatus for synthesizing speech and method apparatus for registering pitch waveforms  
A speech synthesis apparatus (10) comprises speech segment disassembling means (101) for disassembling the speech segments each including at least one phoneme into a plurality of pitch waveforms,...
7016841 Singing voice synthesizing apparatus, singing voice synthesizing method, and program for realizing singing voice synthesizing method  
A singing voice synthesizing apparatus is provided, which enables achievement of a natural sounding synthesized singing voice with a good level of comprehensibility. A phoneme database stores a...
7013271 Method and system for implementing a low complexity spectrum estimation technique for comfort noise generation  
A method and system for implementing a low complexity spectrum estimation technique for comfort noise generation are disclosed. Another aspect of the present invention involves segregating filter...