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AusTalk: a Big ASC

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When April 19, 2012
from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where Marsfield Lecture Theatre
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Dr. Dominique Estival
MARCS Institute
University of Western Sydney


Thursday 19 April 2012 at 11am



AusTalk, also known as the Big ASC (The Big Australian Speech Corpus), is the largest Australian audio-visual speech data corpus: 3 hours of audio-visual speech data from 1000 speakers, collected across Australia with a standardised set of equipment and using a uniform and automated protocol. The Big ASC project incorporates the goals of 30 Chief Investigators from various speech science areas and aims not only to create a widely applicable and extensible database, but also to build the infrastructure for further data collection. The corpus of AV speech data incorporating annotations and metadata will be freely accessible via a centralised storage facility. In this talk, I will describe the project’s major components and its organization, present the results achieved so far, and share the lessons learnt from difficulties and challenges.

Short resume

Dominique Estival received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Her research experience in Natural Language Processing has been at the frontier between industry and academia, with positions at ISSCO (Switzerland), The University of Melbourne, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and private language technology companies in the US and Australia. In 2010, she joined the University of Western Sydney to manage AusTalk, the largest Australian audio-visual speech data collection. Her research interests have included the computational modelling of language change, machine translation, grammar formalisms for linguistic engineering, spoken dialogue systems and aviation communication.

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