Blizzard Challenge 2007
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For the Blizzard Challenge 2007, ATR-SLC ( http://www.slc.atr.jp/) will release a newly-recorded eight-hour American English speech database. Unknown sentences from an independent source will be generated and each participant will synthesize them with their system. The synthesised speech will then be put on the web for evaluation.
The results will be presented at a satellite event at The ISCA 6th Speech Synthesis Workshop, in Bonn. Participants will be expected to submit 4 page papers describing their entries for review. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop, and published on the Blizzard website.
The Blizzard Challenge 2007: Registration
Interested parties should register their intentions to participate by mailing email@example.com. They should identify a contact person in their team, and provide email and real mail addresses.
A registration fee of 500USD is due at time of submission (March 30) to offset the costs of paying undergraduate listeners. There is a mailing list for discussion and announcements for the challenge:
To join the list send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following line in the body of the message
Once you a member you will be able to mail messages to email@example.com
The Blizzard Challenge 2007: Timeline
Jan 23 2007 Blizzard Challenge 2007 Announcement Feb 2 2007 Participant registration deadline Feb 16 2007 Deadline for agreement for the use of the corpus Feb 23 2007 Database released (one month for training) Mar 23 2007 Test sentences released (one week for synthesis) Mar 30 2007 Deadline for the synthesized speech (two weeks for preparation of the evaluation web site) Apr 16 2007 Evaluation system goes live (one month for evaluation) May 14 2007 End of Evaluation - but the listening test for volunteers will remain live (two weeks for gathering the scores) June 8 2007 Results distributed to teams [Revised date]
Papers and workshop
June 29 2007 Satellite workshop papers due July 31 2007 Notification of acceptance / feedback to authors Aug 1-6 2007 Short period for paper revisions Aug 6 2007 Final papers due Aug 22-24 2007 6th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis in Bonn (SSW6) Aug 25 2007 Presentation of results at the satellite workshop in Bonn
The Blizzard Challenge 2007: Workshop
System papers will be 15mins + up to 5mins questions each. The order of presentations was chosen randomly.
09.30 Registration 10.00 Opening address [Simon King, on behalf of the organising committee] 10.05 Description of this year's listening test design; listeners' feedback [Mark Fraser] 10.20 Description of the ATR database 10.40 4 system papers (iFLYTEK/USTC, UPC, Edinburgh, INESC-ID) 12.00 Break 12.10 3 system papers (Nokia, DFKI, Cereproc) 13.10 Lunch 14.40 Description of the statistical analysis [Rob Clark] 15.10 4 system papers (UCD, CMU, Voiceware, HTS) 16.30 Break 16.40 3 system papers (IVO, Toshiba, SVOX) 17.40 Closing address [Simon King] Open discussion [Moderator: Alan Black] ~18.30 Close 19.00 Informal evening event involving food and drink (at participants' own expense).
The Blizzard Challenge 2007: Rules
The rules for participation are available at Blizzard Challenge 2007 Rules
The Blizzard Challenge: Further Information
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Further description of the Challenge itself was published in Interspeech 2005 Eurospeech in Lisbon: http://www.festvox.org/blizzard/bc2005/IS051946.PDF
Results from previous Challenges:
Blizzard Challenge 2006 papers and results: http://www.festvox.org/blizzard/blizzard2006.html Blizzard Challenge 2005 papers and results: http://www.festvox.org/blizzard/blizzard2005.html