Dr Mauro Nicolao

Department of Computer Science

Research Associate

Member of the Speech and Hearing (SpandH) research group

m.nicolao@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 1912

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Dr Mauro Nicolao
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Research interests
  • Speech technology
  • Expressive and adaptive Text-To-Speech (TTS) synthesis
  • Multilingual Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Computer-Aided Pronunciation Training (CAPT)
  • Clinical applications for speech technology and speech recognition in adverse conditions
Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Nicolao M, Sanders M & Hain T (2018) Improved acoustic modelling for automatic literacy assessment of children. Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp 1666-1670), 2 September 2018 - 6 September 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Casanueva I, Hain T, Nicolao M & Green P (2016) Using phone features to improve dialogue state tracking generalisation to unseen states. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue, September 2016 - September 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ng W, Nicolao M, Saz O, Hasan M, Chettri B, Doulaty M, Lee T & Hain T (2016) The Sheffield language recognition system in NIST LRE 2015. Proceedings of The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop Odyssey 2016 View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Christensen H, Cunningham S, Green P & Hain T (2016) A framework for collecting realistic recordings of dysarthric speech - The homeService corpus. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2016 (pp 1993-1997) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Beeston AV & Hain T (2015) Automatic assessment of English learner pronunciation using discriminative classifiers. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 19 April 2015 - 24 April 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Christensen H, Nicolao M, Cunningham S, Green P, Deena S & Hain T (2015) Speech-enabled environmental control in an AAL setting for people with speech disorders: a case study. IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living (TechAAL) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cosi P, Nicolao M, Paci G, Sommavilla G & Tesser F (2014) Comparing Open Source ASR Toolkits on Italian Children Speech. WOCCI 2014 – Workshop on Child Computer Interaction. Singapore, 19 September 2014 - 19 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Tesser F & Moore R (2013) A phonetic-contrast motivated adaptation to control the degree-of-articulation on Italian HMM-based synthetic voices. 8th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis. Barcelona, Spain, 31 August 2013 - 2 September 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Latorre J & Moore RK (2012) C2H: A Computational Model of H&H-based Phonetic Contrast in Synthetic Speech. INTERSPEECH 2012 (pp 1-4). Portland, OR RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M & Moore RK (2012) Establishing some principles of human speech production through two-dimensional computational models. SAPA-SCALE workshop 2012 (pp 1-6). Portland, OR RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M & Moore RK (2012) Consonant production control in a computational model of hyper & hypo theory (C2H). LISTA workshop 2012. Edinburgh, UK RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Latorre J & Moore RK (2012) C2H: A computational model of H&H-based phonetic contrast in synthetic speech. 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012, Vol. 2 (pp 986-989) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Moore RK & Nicolao M (2011) Reactive speech synthesis: actively managing phonetic contrast along an H&H continuum. Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetics Sciences (ICPhS), RIS download Bibtex download
  • Moore RK & Nicolao M (2011) Reactive speech synthesis: actively managing phonetic contrast along an H&H continuum. 17th International Congress of Phonetics Sciences (ICPhS). Hong Kong RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tesser F, Zovato E, Nicolao M & Cosi P (2010) Two vocoder techniques for neutral to emotional timbre conversion. http://ssw7.org/doc/ssw7_proceedings_rev.pdf (pp 130-133). Kyoto, Japan, 22 September 2010 - 24 September 2010. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tesser F, Zovato E, Nicolao M & Cosi P (2010) Two Vocoder Techniques for Neutral to Emotional Timbre Conversion. SSW7 (pp 1-6). Kyoto, Japan RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cosi P & Nicolao M (2009) Connected Digits Recognition Task: ISTC–CNR Comparison of Open Source Tools. EVALITA 2009 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Drioli C & Cosi P (2007) Confronto tra diverse tecniche di convesione per la sintesi TTS delle emozioni. AISV 2006. Povo, Trento, Italy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Drioli C & Cosi P (2006) Voice GMM modelling for FESTIVAL/MBROLA emotive TTS synthesis. INTERSPEECH 2006 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicolao M, Drioli C & Cosi P (2005) Modellizzazione della prosodia e del timbro per la sintesi del parlato emotivo. AISV 2005. Salerno, Italy RIS download Bibtex download

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