Phonetics and Speech Synthesis Research Group

Department of Digital Humanities
Faculty of Arts

Computational methods provide new research opportunities in humanities and social sciences, and digitalization rapidly changes ways in which research is done. Digital Humanities are one of the main strategic areas of UH (especially central campus development). The mission of the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) is to foster the use of computational methods in humanities and social sciences, and studying digitalization as a phenomenon, promote open data, open source code, and open science, as well as the deployment of research results for societal benefit. The Phonetics and Speech Synthesis Research Group (PSSG) is one of the most active one in the DDH. The work of the group benefits from the infrastructure provided by the department and the faculty. PSSG is one of leading groups in both speech synthesis and speech prosody research in Europe with state-of-the-art results in several subfields of speech science. The group has strong links to many European universities and functions as a local hub connecting researchers in acoustics, signal processing , language technology, and computer science on a national level. The group has its own laboratory with state-of-the-art recording facilities, as well as instruments for measuring breathing and articulation (electromagnetic articulograph, ultrasound equipment). The group shares its facitlities with cognitive science and musicology.

PSSG is currently active in speech synthesis research utilising machine learning (mainly deep neural networks) and speech prosody research, where the methodology developed in the group is applied to spoken language assessment, text-to-speech synthesis, and cognitive brain science. The group is also working on sound symblism research using both behavioural methods and brain measurements (EEG and brainstem measurements, fMRI, MEG, and TMS).