France: Two Postdoc positions in speech synthesis and coding at Orange Labs

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A post-doctoral research position in the field of speech synthesis is open at Orange Labs in Lannion, France. This study will involve the design and implementation of a new hybrid speech synthesis system combining HMM-based synthesis and unit selection synthesis. The successful candidate will: first, develop a toolkit for training HMM models from the acoustic data available at Orange Labs; second, implement the acoustic parameters generation in the Orange Labs speech synthesizer; third, propose, design and implement an hybrid speech synthesis system combining selected and HMM-based units.

Required Skills:
– PhD in computer science or electrical engineering
– Strong knowledge in automatic learning (including HMM)
– Extensive experience with C/C++ programming
– Knowledge of HTK/HTS is a plus

Salary: around 2300 € per month depending on experience.

Closing date: April 30th 2010.

Contact:
Cedric BOIDIN
Tel: +33 2 96 05 33 53
cedric.boidin@orange-ftgroup.com <mailto:cedric.boidin@orange-ftgroup.com>

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Post-doctoral position in speech coding for speech synthesis

A post-doctoral research position in the field of speech synthesis is open at France Telecom-Orange Labs in Lannion, France. This study will involve the design and implementation of new speech coding methods particularly suited for speech synthesis. The objective of this work is twofold: to propose new algorithms for compressing acoustic inventories in concatenative synthesis; to implement the building blocks for speech coding/decoding in the context of parametric synthesis (HMM-based).
This one-year post-doctoral contract lies within a collaboration between Orange Labs (France) and the University of Crete (Greece). Travels between these two entities should thus be expected since the work will be developed in both sites.

Required Skills:
– Excellent knowledge of signal processing and speech coding;
– Extensive experience with C, C++ programming;
– Good familiarity with Linux and Windows development environments.

Knowledge about Sinusoidal Speech modelling and coding will be considered as an advantage.

Salary: around 2300 € net per month depending on experience.

Closing date for applications: May 30th 2010.
Starting date: June/September 2010

Please send applications (CV+ 2 ref letters) or questions to:

Olivier Rosec
Tel: +33 2 96 05 20 67
olivier.rosec@orange-ftgroup.com

Yannis Stylianou
Tel: +30 2810 391713
styliano@ics.forth.gr

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