Carlos Mendes

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This paper describes a new generic text-to-speech synthesis system, developed in the scope of the Tecnovoz Project. Although it was primarily targeted at speech synthesis in European Portuguese, its modular architecture and flexible components allows its use for different languages. We also provide a survey on the development of the language resources(More)
This paper describes the data collection, annotation and sharing activities carried out within the FP7 EU-funded SAVAS project. The project aims to collect, share and reuse audiovisual language resources from broadcasters and subtitling companies to develop large vocabulary continuous speech recognisers in specific domains and new languages, with the(More)
This paper describes the INESC-ID participation in the Blizzard Challenge 2008, which consisted in building the two English voices. We have been developing a new European Portuguese TTS system, called DIXI, for the last two years. This year, the system was already stable enough to be used in the challenge, after a partial adaptation to support synthesis in(More)
Keywords: Innovation Product development Degree of maturity Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) a b s t r a c t Along with the emergence of new competition rules, namely, the need to reduce the time to launch a product in the market and the capacity to modify and adapt it based on the identification of consumer choices, the approach of an interactive(More)
This paper describes our work integrating automatic speech generation into a virtual environment where autonomous agents are enabled to interact by natural spoken language. The application intents to address bullying problems for children aged 9-12 in the UK and Germany by presenting improvised dramas and by asking the user to act as an " invisible friend "(More)