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The way people speak tells a lot about their origins – geographical and social, but when someone can only speak with the aid of an artificial voice (such as Stephen Hawking), conventional expectations are subverted. This lecture will explore some of the limitations and possibilities of speech technology. It will be accompanied by a number of interactive exhibits on which people will be able to experience the technology in practice.
Alistair Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of York. His research centres around unconventional forms of interaction with computers, including use of speech and non-speech sounds. He is author and co-author or two books on speech.
Christopher Newell is a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Hull and an opera director. In 2010 he was awarded a Wingate Scholarship to research creative computer speech. He is writing a chapter on Essays on Opera and the Media for McFarland and Co. He is currently a consultant for the Toshiba Speech Lab in Cambridge.