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7856357 Speech synthesis method, speech synthesis system, and speech synthesis program  
A speech synthesis system stores a group of speech units in a memory, selects a plurality of speech units from the group based on prosodic information of target speech, the speech units selected...
7853452 Interactive debugging and tuning of methods for CTTS voice building  
A method, a system, and an apparatus for identifying and correcting sources of problems in synthesized speech which is generated using a concatenative text-to-speech (CTTS) technique. The method...
7844461 Information processing apparatus and method  
Provided are an information processing apparatus and method so adapted that if a plurality of speech output units having a speech synthesizing function are present, a conversion is made to speech...
7840408 Duration prediction modeling in speech synthesis  
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for training a duration prediction model, method and apparatus for duration prediction, method and apparatus for speech synthesis. Said method...
7840399 Method, device, and computer program product for multi-lingual speech recognition  
A method of multi-lingual speech recognition can include determining whether characters in a word are in a source list of a language-specific alphabet mapping table for a language, converting each...
7835912 Signal processing method, processing apparatus and voice decoder  
The present invention discloses a signal processing method adapted to process a synthesized signal in packet loss concealment. The method includes the following steps: receiving a good frame...
7822606 Method and apparatus for generating audio information from received synthesis information  
Methods and apparatus for providing enhanced audio are described. In some embodiments speech synthesis information is used to provide user control of attributes of received broadcast speech, such...
7814284 Redundancy elimination by aggregation of multiple chunks  
A data redundancy elimination system. In particular implementations, a method includes storing in a memory one or more aggregation trees, each aggregation tree comprising one or more base chunk...
7809572 Voice quality change portion locating apparatus  
A text edit apparatus which presents, based on language analysis information regarding a text, a portion of the text where voice quality may change when the text is read aloud has advantages of...
7809571 Speech output of setting information according to determined priority  
In order to prevent or reduce setting errors, a speech output of information concerning the contents of settings is produced so that important setting information can be output as speech to users....
7805306 Voice guidance device and navigation device with the same  
For a voice guidance phrase, multiple voice data items having individually different voice ranges or frequencies are previously stored in a memory. A voice mixing unit chooses to mix three voice...
7805295 Method of synthesizing of an unvoiced speech signal  
The present invention relates to a method of synthesizing a signal comprising the steps of: a) determining of a required pitch bell location on the signal to be synthesized. b) mapping of the...
7801725 Method for speech quality degradation estimation and method for degradation measures calculation and apparatuses thereof  
A method for speech quality degradation estimation, a method for degradation measures calculation, and the apparatuses thereof are provided. The first method above estimates the speech quality of...
7788098 Predicting tone pattern information for textual information used in telecommunication systems  
The techniques described include generating tonal information from a textual entry and, further, applying this tonal information to PINYIN sequences using decision trees. For example, a method of...
7778819 Method and apparatus for predicting word prominence in speech synthesis  
A method and apparatus is provided for generating speech that sounds more natural. Determining whether information in a current sentence is new or previously given is performed based on a semantic...
7778834 Method and system for assessing pronunciation difficulties of non-native speakers by entropy calculation  
The present disclosure presents a useful metric for assessing the relative difficulty which non-native speakers face in pronouncing a given utterance and a method and systems for using such a...
7778833 Method and apparatus for using computer generated voice  
This invention relates to a method and apparatus for computer generated voice in an interactive voice response system (IVR). A user will normally be able to identify the pre-recorded segments from...
7769589 System and method for providing electronic program guide  
Disclosed is a system for providing an electronic program guide and a method of providing the same, the electronic program guide (EPG) being about a plurality of programs supplied through a...
7761300 Programmable virtual exercise instructor for providing computerized spoken guidance of customized exercise routines to exercise users  
A programmable virtual exercise instructor processes a word processing document having text chunks corresponding to instructions of actions of an activity in order to communicate the instructions...
7761299 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 large database of acoustic units to produce artificial speech. The selected acoustic units are chosen to...
7761301 Prosodic control rule generation method and apparatus, and speech synthesis method and apparatus  
A prosodic control rule generation method includes dividing an input text into language units, estimating a punctuation mark incidence at a boundary between language units in the input text, the...
7756715 Apparatus, method, and medium for processing audio signal using correlation between bands  
Apparatus, method, and medium for processing an audio signal using a correlation between bands are provided. The apparatus includes an encoding unit encoding an input audio signal and a decoding...
7747439 Method and system for recognizing phoneme in speech signal  
A method of correctly segmenting phonemes by determining a boundary indicating a start point and an end point of each of the segmented phonemes, and correctly finding the phoneme in the speech...
7747440 Methods and apparatus for conveying synthetic speech style from a text-to-speech system  
A technique for producing speech output in a text-to-speech system is provided. A message is created for communication to a user in a natural language generator of the text-to-speech system. The...
7742921 System and method for correcting errors when generating a TTS voice  
Disclosed herein are various innovations associated with a toolkit used for generating a TTS voice for use in a spoken dialog system. The inventions in each case may be in the form of the system,...
7742919 System and method for repairing a TTS voice database  
The present invention provides various elements of a toolkit used for generating a TTS voice for use in a spoken dialog system. The embodiments in each case may be in the form of the system, a...
7739112 Signal coupling method and apparatus  
A signal connecting method and apparatus is provided which can reduce noises and create natural synthesized voices. The signal connecting method (or apparatus) for connecting a plurality of...
7734467 Techniques for aiding speech-to-speech translation  
Techniques for assisting in translation are provided A speech recognition hypothesis is obtained, corresponding to a source language utterance. Information retrieval is performed on a supplemental...
7725322 Spoken dialogue interface apparatus and method  
The spoken dialogue interface apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a speech recognition module for recognizing a human's speech from a sound signal; a user...
7716052 Method, apparatus and computer program providing a multi-speaker database for concatenative text-to-speech synthesis  
A method, apparatus and a computer program product to generate an audible speech word that corresponds to text. The method includes providing a text word and, in response to the text word,...
7714935 Data structure for waveform synthesis data and method and apparatus for synthesizing waveform  
A highly integrated data structure for synthesizing a waveform is provided for facilitating integrated handling of the data. The data structure for waveform synthesis data or use in generation of...
7711562 System and method for testing a TTS voice  
Disclosed are various elements of a toolkit used for generating a TTS voice for use in a spoken dialog system. The invention in each case may be in the form of the system, a computer-readable...
7711560 Speech recognition device and speech recognition method  
A speech recognition apparatus equipped with the garbage acoustic model storage unit storing the garbage acoustic model which learned the collection of unnecessary words. A feature value...
7707034 Audio codec post-filter  
Techniques and tools are described for processing reconstructed audio signals. For example, a reconstructed audio signal is filtered in the time domain using filter coefficients that are...
7702510 System and method for dynamically selecting among TTS systems  
Systems and methods for dynamically selecting among text-to-speech (TTS) systems. Exemplary embodiments of the systems and methods include identifying text for converting into a speech waveform,...
7702509 Unsupervised data-driven pronunciation modeling  
Pronunciation for an input word is modeled by generating a set of candidate phoneme strings having pronunciations close to the input word in an orthographic space. Phoneme sub-strings in the set...
7698139 Method and apparatus for a differentiated voice output  
In a method and apparatus for a differentiated voice output, systems existing in a vehicle, such as the on-board computer, the navigation system, and others, can be connected with a voice output...
7698140 Message transcription, voice query and query delivery system  
A message transmission system accepts a telephone call from a user who wishes to send an e-mail message, send an SMS message, perform an Internet query or retrieve his or her electronic mail. The...
7693719 Providing personalized voice font for text-to-speech applications  
A method for synthesizing speech from text includes receiving one or more waveforms characteristic of a voice of a person selected by a user, generating a personalized voice font based on the one...
7693716 System and method of developing a TTS voice  
Disclosed herein are various aspects of a toolkit used for generating a TTS voice for use in a spoken dialog system. The embodiments in each case may be in the form of the system, a...
7689421 Voice persona service for embedding text-to-speech features into software programs  
Described is a voice persona service by which users convert text into speech waveforms, based on user-provided parameters and voice data from a service data store. The service may be remotely...
7689423 System and method of providing telematically user-optimized configurable audio  
A method of repeating a computer recognized string in a telematics unit in a vehicle, including receiving a user utterance at the telematics unit from a user, the user utterance including a...
7684987 Segmental tonal modeling for tonal languages  
A phone set for use in speech processing such as speech recognition or text-to-speech conversion is used to model or form syllables of a tonal language having a plurality of different tones. Each...
7684988 Testing and tuning of automatic speech recognition systems using synthetic inputs generated from its acoustic models  
A system and method of testing and tuning a speech recognition system by providing pronunciations to the speech recognizer. First a text document is provided to the system and converted into a...
7684991 Digital audio file search method and apparatus using text-to-speech processing  
A digital audio file search method and apparatus for digital audio files is provided that allows a user to navigate the audio files by generating speech sounds related to the information of the...
7680650 Very low bit rate speech transmission system  
A very low bit rate communication system. In preferred embodiments, an off-the-shelf module is adapted to convert a speaker's voice to text. A processor is provided to separate the text into...
7675429 Intra-oral signal modulator and controller  
Methods and apparatus for controlling an external device via at least one signal modulated by movements of a user's tongue, maxillaries and lips may include a mouthpiece comprising a controller...
7668717 Speech synthesis method, speech synthesis system, and speech synthesis program  
A speech synthesis system stores a group of speech units in a memory, selects a plurality of speech units from the group based on prosodic information of target speech, the speech units selected...
7657435 Acoustic signal transmission method and apparatus with insertion signal  
The acoustic signal transmission method is based on generating a synthesized sound electrical signal by electrically synthesizing an audible sound signal and another signal different than the...
7653542 Method and system for providing synthesized speech  
An approach providing the efficient use of speech synthesis in rendering text content as audio in a communications network. The communications network can include a telephony network and a data...