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Main objectives and activities

  • The development of flexible text-to-speech synthesis (TTS) of high quality
  • The development of large vocabulary continuous automatic speech recognition (ASR)
  • The research and development of emotion speech recognition
  • The development of speech morphing systems
  • The development of natural language processing modules including dialogue management
  • The application of the developed speech technologies in Western Balkan countries:
    • in multimodal human-machine dialogue systems (IVR, smart phones, smart homes)
    • for purposes such as: text reading, text dictation, speech transcription
    • within aids for the physically disabled, visually impaired, speech impaired, hearing impaired.

The most important innovative results

One can listen to news at a number of speech-enabled web sites (Radio Television of Serbia - RTS, Radio Television of Vojvodina - RTV, eUprava, as well as several municipalities) using a computer or a smart phone. The visually impaired can listen to any text displayed on the screen using the software anReader based on AlfaNumTTS. The AlfaNumASR and AlfaNumTTS components have provided smart phones with basic speech generation and understanding functionalities in Serbian.

Further development of both large vocabulary ASR and more advanced TTS is based on the aforementioned speech and language resources. Both technologies will enable a much wider range of applications and will contribute to the preservation of Serbian and kindred languages in this new domain of communication – spoken dialogue between humans and machines.

 

The European Commission has approved the financing of the project "Boosting the telecommunications engineer profile to meet the modern society and industry needs (BENEFIT)", from the ERASMUS + KA2 program. One of the leading partners in the project is the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad (FTN).

The project foresees a cooperation between departments and university chairs of telecommunications of 9 regional universities, as well as cooperation with industrial partners, including Ericsson (Zagreb), Cisco (Belgrade), RT-RK, Vojvodina ICT cluster, DMS, Zesium Mobile and AlfaNum.

The project is of great importance for the Department of Telecommunications and Signal Processing of the Faculty of Technical Sciences as it will contribute to the modernization of its study program. The project budget is close to € 1,000,000, of which € 125,000 is intended for FTN. Nearly € 50,000 will be used for procurement of equipment for laboratories in the Department. The project will start on October 15th 2017 and will last for 3 years.

Published 08.08.2017.

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