Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) is the website of an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Edinburgh engaged in the study and application of speech recognition and synthesis technologies. The Centre publishes research papers and develops software for academic and commercial users. It also offers postgraduate research facilities. The CSTR website describes the Centre's objectives and the projects they are involved with. These projects are grouped into three principal areas: speech synthesis; automatic speech recognition; and database collection and labelling. Separate pages are devoted to each project within these fields. There are also sections for miscellaneous projects that do not fit into these main areas, including: named entity extraction; acoustic to articulatory inversion using neural networks; and voice transformation (or voice morphing). Several pieces of software may be downloaded from the site. These include the Festival Speech Synthesis System and the Unisyn lexicon. Research papers published by members of the CSTR may be downloaded from the site in PDF or Postscript formats. There is also news of upcoming workshops and conferences.
The Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC) is an interdisciplinary centre based at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. It studies the cognitive and computational aspects of communication: spoken and written language, as well as visual, graphic and computer-based communication. The Centre provides a framework for the work of several research groups working in related areas such as computational linguistics, cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and many aspects of artificial intelligence. HCRC works on a number of externally funded projects and collaborates with companies and institutions in the area of improving the effectiveness of communication. It provides expertise in a wide range of disciplines related to human communication. It is also a major centre for postgraduate study. The site has a list of working groups and current, as well as past projects; a list of recent HCRC publications; a list of HCRC academic and related staff and their contact details; and a useful search facility.
The Institute for language, cognition and computation (ILCC), formerly Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS), at the University of Edinburgh engages in research into the nature of communication amongst humans and between humans and machines. The Institute looks at various modes of communication including text, speech, graphics, and computer dialogue systems. Research is carried out in such fields as: cognitive science; artificial intelligence; computational syntax and semantics; and human reasoning and psychologically realistic knowledge representation. ICCS work is intended to contribute in particular to the disciplines of linguistics and psychology. The website explains the research and teaching conducted by the ICCS, and includes a number of research papers that may be downloaded in zipped Postscript format, as well as abstracts of many more. The research section of the site links to several online projects developed by the Institute and various web pages for working groups in particular fields. These include groups devoted to natural language generation, grammatical theories, dialogue, and external representations for communication and human reasoning. The site also publicises workshops, seminars, lectures, and conferences organised by the ICCS.
Survey of the State of the Art in Human Language Technology is an online book which surveys the state of the art in human language technology research around the world. It looks at: human-computer communication using natural communication skills and research; and development activities which deal with the: generation; coding; recognition; interpretation; and translation of language. The book is a collection of articles written by 97 authors from different countries and provides: an overview of the field: main areas of research; capabilities and limitations of current technology; technical challenges; and problems. The articles are organised into 13 chapters and special efforts have been made to create a consistent and coherent piece of work out of the contributions of a large number of people. This project was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, USA, and the European Commission.