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|Main objectives: the “Speech Communication” Department mostly performs fundamental research, while also keeping an eye on applicative development. The scientific interest of the department concentrates into studies of linguistics, phonetics and phonology of Vietnamese, and other languages in Vietnam and in the near region, in order to better understand the mechanisms of production/perception/understanding, and in order to transfer these fundamental results to the development of high technology in Vietnam. For several years, the department addresses simultaneously fundamental research and more applied research through Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Vocal Technologies. However, the department researchers aim not to study all possible topics in NLP and speech processing (a very large research field), but they aim to provide the MICA Institute with indispensable tools in order to realize, through the use of multimedia, speech communication tools in Vietnamese, Khmer and Lao, useful for man-machine or computer-aided man-man dialogue.|
|Indeed, these tools will be very useful for Vietnamese industrials that wish to modernize and integrate speech technology in their tools or application|
MICA Speech Communication Department is the only Vietnamese research team leading simultaneously both research activities: natural language processing and vocal technologies.
|Research axes and activities:
If it seems natural that “Speech Com” researchers study the Vietnamese standard language (ethnic Viet/Kinh), it is nevertheless important that they are also interested in other languages spoken in Vietnam. Indeed, these languages present common origins (or at least regional characteristics) and are mostly tonal languages. From a scientific point of view it is fundamental to understand the specific involved mechanisms and attempt to extract generic models.
However, it is vital for Vietnam to have technological tools and applications using the Vietnamese language (and other languages of the region). These tools are strongly involved in the development of information technologies in Vietnam and the region. They already play a very important role for socio-economic development. These technologies, known as vocal technologies, are often necessary in the development of human-machine interaction systems.
Another scientific motivation is the development of its research activities under the “multilingual technology” field, developing multilingual machine translation tools or multilingual synthesis/recognition tools (with the Vietnamese as one of the languages covered).
Projects in process
- RECO²CONTROL (2nd phase)
- ANR Blanc APPSy (Asymétries Phonétique et Phonologique de la Syllabe)
- ÂU CƠ (AUdio COrpus of Vietnamese minority languages)
- APRIL (Avancées dans le Prototypage Rapide pour l’Informatisation des Langues)
- KRAP (Khmer Rouge Archives Preservation)
- TALK (Traitement Automatique de la Langue Khmère),
- VLSP (Vietnamese Language and Speech Processing)
- Smart Robot
- ANR Blanc PI Languages
- CONE (Collaborative Open Network for Education),
- SPAN (Speech Processing Asian Network)
- COLIPS - ISCA - AFCP
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