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)
The Service Catalogue is a fundamental need of Information Technology (IT) organizations because it describes in a formal document the available services that these organizations have to provide. The catalogue contains the respective Service Level Agreements (SLA) that should be met, setting expectations between clients and providers of services. 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)
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)