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Frantisek is visiting Berkeley for 4 months.

Frantisek Grezl is going to Berkeley as a visiting researcher for 4 months. His topic there is MLP features for multilingual system - within the iARPA BABEL project. He is staying at ISCI in the group of Nelson Morgan. Have a nice stay there Frantisek!

Speech@FIT spin-off Phonexia got the META Seal of Recognition award!

Speech@FIT spin-off Phonexia got the META Seal of Recognition award in Brussels on June 20th. The META Seal of Recognition recognizes excellence in software, products, and services which actively contribute to the European Multilingual Information Society. The META Technology Council, a panel of 30 experts drawn from the European Language Technology landscape, recognizes the contribution Phonexia makes to the European Multilingual Information Society.

Speech@FIT at Odyssey2012 in Singapore

Honza, Ondrej and Olda are visiting the Speaker Odyssey 2012 in Singapore. Have a nice flight home.

Karel Vesely is helping Dan Povey with KALDI at JHU

Karel Vesely is visiting Dan Povey at The Johns Hopkins University, The Center for Language and Speech Processing for 3 weeks. Karel is implementing his TNet (artificial neural network toolkit) into KALDI. Have a nice stay there!

Tomas Mikolov is visiting Geoffrey Zweig at Microsoft Research for 3 month

Tomas Mikolov -- working on neural network based language models -- is visiting Geoffrey Zweig at Microsoft Research for 3 months. Have a nice stay there!

Dr. Marcel

On May 21, 2012 Marcel Kockmann, currently working for www.voicetrust.com, defended his thesis „Subspace modeling of prosodic features for speaker verification“.

BUT Speech@FIT sponsored by Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

From the beginning of 2011, BUT Speech@FIT is supported by the newly established Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR), more specifically by its “Alfa” program. BUT has created a consortium with 3 companies:

Dr. Igi

On October 19, 2010 Igor Szöke defended his thesis „Hybrid word-subword spoken term detection“. The thesis investigates into keyword spotting and spoken term detection (STD). It deals with two-phase approaches where speech is first processed by speech recognizer, and the search for queries is performed in the output of this recognizer. The most important contribution is the creation of a hybrid spoken term detection system combining both word and subword parts in one recognition network.

Renata - Speech@FIT's new Research Project Manager

Renata Kohlova became a member of the Speech @FIT research team on Feb 1st, 2010. She was recruited as a Research Project Manager and her tasks and duties will be to:
• Participate in and coordinate submissions of research projects
• Co-ordinate running projects
• Ensure reporting of the group (especially publications) in faculty, national and European databases
• Be involved in group’s public relations
• Participate in organization of group’s events (conferences, workshops, summer schools)

Dr. Petr, Dr. Martin and speech@FIT day

Thursday 28.5.2009 was a remarkable day for the group: 2 PhD defenses and 2 seminars by interesting guys.

We have begun with the defense of Martin Karafiat's thesis "STUDY OF LINEAR TRANSFORMATIONS APPLIED TO TRAINING OF CROSS-DOMAIN ADAPTED LARGE VOCABULARY CONTINUOUS SPEECH RECOGNITION SYSTEMS". The reviews from Andreas Stolkcke (SRI, USA) and Petr Pollak (Milos Cernak, IBM Prague, Czech Republic) were positive, the defense went OK, so Martin is now a PhD.