SIWIS has two broad goals. The first is to customise the current state of the art to the Swiss language scenario. This entails constructing recognition, translation and synthesis modules in the main Swiss languages. The second goal is to advance this state of the art, focussing especially on prosody. Prosody describes aspects of speech such as volume, rhythm and pitch; these are the parts that carry emotion and emphasis, adding extra nuance and personality to the
In order to do this, SIWIS brings together four partners. These partners possess world leading expertise in each of the component parts of a translation system. Further, three of the partners are physically located in cities representing the major language groups of Switzerland; this includes English, represented by the University of Edinburgh. The location will be important not only for data collection (ensuring we have the tools to enable the project), but also for
evaluation, providing native listeners to ensure our results are as good as can be hoped.
Positions are available at the Universities of Geneva and Edinburgh, ETH Zurich, and Idiap Research Institute. For details, please see the project web page at
The start dates are expected to be November 2012 - January 2013. All positions will remain open until filled.
Application Deadline: 28-Jan-2013
Web Address for Applications: http://www.idiap.ch/project/siwis
Please quote 10 Academic Resources Daily in your application to this opportunity!