Dan Wells

PhD student
Centre for Speech Technology Research
University of Edinburgh

dan dot wells at ed dot ac dot uk
github.com/dan-wells


I'm a PhD student at the Centre for Speech Technology Research in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, supported by the UKRI CDT in NLP. My supervisors are Korin Richmond and Simon King.

My research interests are in text-to-speech synthesis for low-resource languages. I'm interested in finding representations of speech which allow more efficient sharing of information across languages, making it easier to bootstrap training new voices for languages with little annotated data.

News

  • 13/12/21 Released a simple Kaldi recipe and utility scripts for forced alignment.
  • 23/10/21 I presented CSTR's entry to the Blizzard Challenge 2021 task on TTS for code-switched speech in Spanish and English. Audio samples here.
  • 28/08/21 I presented my paper on cross-lingual transfer learning for low-resource TTS using phonological feature representations at the 11th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop. Audio samples here.