I’m excited to give a guest lecture on Thursday, November 18th at Boston University for Dr. Kate Lindsey’s Intro. to Linguistics course.
Hey [Siri|Google|Alexa], How do we talk to voice assistants?
For a PDF of slides, please email me directly (mdcohn @ ucdavis . edu)
I was honored to give a keynote today at the inaugural 2021 Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction (SpoHuMa) FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference, hosted by the Frieberg Institute for Advanced Studies.
See below for slides!
My co-authors, Kris Predeck, Melina Sarian, & Georgia Zellou, and I are thrilled our paper ”Prosodic alignment toward emotionally expressive speech: Comparing human and Alexa model talkers” is now in press in Speech Communication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2021.10.003
I’m thrilled that my paper with Georgia Zellou and Bruno Ferenc Segedin has been accepted to the Journal of Phonetics!
The paper examines acoustic-phonetic adjustments when people talk to a Siri vs. a naturally recorded human voice. We find prosodic differences (e.g., increased intensity, smaller f0 range in Siri-DS) as well as some targeted adjustments (vowel hyperarticulation in response to an error made by Siri). Across two experiments varying in error rate, we see differences in the way these register adaptions emerge.
I’m excited to be a keynote speaker at FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference – Human Perspectives on Spoken Human-Machine Interaction this November!
- If you’re interested in submitting a paper to the conference, note the due date of September 3, 2021
Check out my latest Frontiers paper with Georgia Zellou: Prosodic differences in human- and Alexa-directed speech, but similar local intelligibility adjustments
I am thrilled to be awarded an ‘Honorable Mention’ for the 2021 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research (Postdoc/Grad student category). Congrats to all undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty honored in the ceremony.
I’m excited that, along with co-authors Georgia Zellou and Tyler Kline, our paper, “The Influence of Conversational Role on Phonetic Alignment toward Voice-AI and Human Interlocutors” has been accepted to Language, Cognition and Neuroscience!
[Update: published May 21st: https://doi.org/10.1080/23273798.2021.1931372]
I’m happy to announce that my paper with co-authors Georgia Zellou and Aleese Block, “Partial compensation for coarticulatory vowel nasalization across concatenative and neural text-to-speech” has been accepted for publication to the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America (JASA) today!