COST 258: The Naturalness of Synthetic Speech

The general theme of COST 258 was the improvement of quality and naturalness of synthetic speech. The COST action comprised leading research institutions from 17 European countries and was led by Prof. Eric Keller from the University of Lausanne.

Cooperation among partners included the exchange of relevant software, comparative evaluation of implemented systems and system components, and an ongoing exchange of scientific expertise.

The Austrian part of the COST action was performed by OFAI in close cooperation with the Institut für Nachrichtentechnik und Hochfrequenztechnik at the Vienna University of Technology and consisted mainly of an in-depth study of the segmental duration in German speech with special emphasis on its role for prosody.

Duration: 1997 - 2001
Sponsor: European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technological Research (COST)
Contact: Harald Trost
Partners: LAIP (University of Lausanne - coordinating site) and partners from 17 European countries