Dr Stuart Cunningham

BEng, PhD

Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School

Senior Lecturer

s.cunningham@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2421

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Dr Stuart Cunningham
Division of Human Communication Sciences, Health Sciences School
362 Mushroom Lane
Sheffield
S10 2TS
Profile

Dr Cunningham is a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences. Prior to joining the department he worked as a research associate in the department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Barnsley Hospital.

He has previously worked as a research associate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.

He obtained a BEng in Software Engineering and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

Research interests

Robust automatic speech recognition. The use of speech technology in assistive technology and speech and language therapy.

  • Auditory-inspired representations of speech signals and their application in automatic speech recognition.

  • The perception of speech in adverse acoustic conditions.

Current projects

  • Speech Therapy through Articulation Therapy - with Mark Hawley, Peter Cudd, Rebecca Palmer, and Pam Enderby.
    University of Sheffield.
  • Natural Speech Technology - PI Steve Renals (University of Edinburgh). EPSRC Programme Grant.
  • Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid - PI Mark Hawley. NIHR i4i programme.
  • Development of test of audio visual speech perception for children - with Dilys Treharne and Harriet Crook. British Society of Audiology.

Collaborators

  • Mark Hawley, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.
  • Pam Enderby, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield.
  • Phil Green, Department of Computer Science, The University of Sheffield.
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Creer S, Green PD, Cunningham S & Yamagishi J (2010) Building personalised synthetic voices for individuals with dysarthria using the HTS toolkit In Mullennix J & Stern S (Ed.), Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies Medical Info Science Reference RIS download Bibtex download
  • Creer S, Green PD, Cunningham SP & Yamagishi J (2010) Building personalized synthetic voices for individuals with dysarthria using the HTS toolkit In Mullennix JW & Stern SE (Ed.), Computer Synthesized Speech Technologies: tools for aiding impairment (pp. 92-115). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Sehgal S, Cunningham S & Green P (2019) Phase-Based Feature Representations for Improving Recognition of Dysarthric Speech. 2018 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT) (pp 13-20), 18 December 2018 - 21 December 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sehgal S, Cunningham S & Green P (2018) Phase-Based Feature Representations for Improving Recognition of Dysarthric Speech. 2018 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT), 18 December 2018 - 21 December 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Coy A, Green P, Cunningham S, Christensen H, Atria JJ, Rudzicz F, Malavasi M & Desideri L (2018) Embedding speech technology into intelligent tutoring systems using the CloudCAST speech technology platform. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 10858 LNCS (pp 421-424) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cunningham S, Green P, Christensen H, Atria JJ, Coy A, Malavasi M, Desideri L & Rudzicz F (2017) Cloud-Based Speech Technology for Assistive Technology Applications (CloudCAST). Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Vol. 242 (pp 322-329) 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
  • Sehgal S & Cunningham S (2015) Model adaptation and adaptive training for the recognition of dysarthric speech. Proceedings of SLPAT 2015: 6th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, Vol. W15-5112 (pp 65-71). Dresden, Germany, 11 September 2015 - 11 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green P, Marxer R, Cunningham S, Christensen H, Rudzicz F, Yancheva M, Coy A, Malavasi M & Desideri L (2015) Remote Speech Technology for Speech Professionals - the CloudCAST initiative. Proceedings of SLPAT 2015: 6th Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies, September 2015 - September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Herrmann F, Cunningham S & Whiteside SP (2015) Bark and Hz scaled F2 Locus equations: Sex differences and individual differences.. pp.1-5 retrieved from: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs-proceedings/ICPhS2015/Papers/ICPHS0351.pdf. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gemmeke JF, Sehgal S, Cunningham S & Van hamme H (2014) Dysarthric vocal interfaces with minimal training data. 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT), 7 December 2014 - 10 December 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Christensen H, Casanueva I, Cunningham S, Green P & Hain T (2014) Automatic selection of speakers for improved acoustic modelling: recognition of disordered speech with sparse data. 2014 IEEE Spoken Language Technology Workshop (SLT), 7 December 2014 - 10 December 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Christensen H, Cunningham S, Fox C, Green P & Hain T (2012) A comparative study of adaptive, automatic recognition of disordered speech. 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association 2012, INTERSPEECH 2012, Vol. 2 (pp 1774-1777) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Creer SM, Cunningham SP, Green PD & Fatema K (2009) Personalizing synthetic voices for people with progressive speech disorders: judging voice similarity. INTERSPEECH 2009: 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION 2009, VOLS 1-5 (pp 1451-1454) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hawley M, Cunningham S, Cardinaux F, Coy A, O'Neill P, Seghal S & Enderby P (2007) Challenges in developing a Voice Input Voice Output Communication Aid for People with Severe Dysarthria. CHALLENGES FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 20 (pp 363-367) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hawley MS, Enderby P, Green P, Cunningham S & Palmer R (2006) Development of a voice-input voice-output communication aid (VIVOCA) for people with severe dysarthria. COMPUTERS HELPING PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, PROCEEDINGS, Vol. 4061 (pp 882-885) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hatzis A, Green PD, Carmichael J, Cunningham SP, Palmer R, Parker M & O'Neill P (2003) An integrated toolkit deploying speech technology for computer based speech training with application to dysarthric speakers.. INTERSPEECH RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cunningham S & Cooke M (2000) On the intelligibility of bandpass-filtered speech. BRITISH JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY, Vol. 34(2) (pp 104-105) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Green P, Marxer R, Cunningham S, Christensen H, Rudzicz F, Yancheva M, Coy A, Malavasi M, Desideri L & Tamburini F () CloudCAST — Remote Speech Technology for Speech Professionals. Interspeech 2016 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Alhinti L, Christensen H & Cunningham S () Towards the Understanding of Communicating Emotions for People with Dysarthria. Workshop in Speech and Hearing Disorders (WSPD 2018) RIS download Bibtex download