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Blizzard Challenge 2010

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This Blizzard Challenge has finished

  • Please do not try to register for this challenge - you are too late!
  • The data are no longer available
  • The remainder of this page is left as a record of the Challenge

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Data download and license agreements

  1. Register: by emailing blizzard@festvox.org
  2. License: complete the license agreements for the data, which can all be accessed via http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/blizzard/
  3. Download: You will be sent a username and password to download the data. These are the same for all downloads, and will be activated for each download after you have returned the corresponding license agreement. Download links can be found on the above page.
  • Development tools, available via : http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/blizzard/, include:
    • Submitted synthetic speech and listener scores for some previous Blizzard Challenges, which may be helpful during development
    • Benchmark voices for the 2010 databases are under preparation using Festival and HTS; development sentences (the Blizzard 2009 test set) will be synthesised with these systems and made available

Mailing list

There is a mailing list for discussion and announcements for the challenge:

 blizzard-discuss@festvox.org

Participants must join the list by sending a message to majordomo@festvox.org with the following line in the body of the message

 subscribe blizzard-discuss

Once you a member you will be able to mail messages to blizzard-discuss@festvox.org


Timeline

The timeline shown on this web page is the offical one and supercedes those shown in announcements - it is subject to change, but we will try to follow it as closely as possible. Note that we will not consider any requests from participants to change the synthetic speech submission date or the paper submission date!

  Feb  1 2010 Databases released
  Mar 29 2010 Test sentences released
  Apr  9 2010 Deadline for submitting synthesized speech 
  Apr 19 2010 Evaluation system goes live
  Jun 25 2010 End of Evaluation for English
  Jul  5 2010 End of Evaluation for Mandarin
  Jul  8 2010 Deadline for returning the participant questionnaire
  Jul  9 2010 Results distributed to teams
  Jul 30 2010 Satellite workshop papers due
  Aug 13 2010 Notification of acceptance 
  Sep 22-24 2010 SSW7, Kyoto, Japan
  Sep 25 2010 Presentation of results at the satellite workshop in Kyoto, Japan
  Sep 26-30 2010 Interspeech 2010, Japan

Workshop

Information on the workshop is now on a separate page: Blizzard Challenge 2010 Workshop

Any questions?

  • Please contact blizzard@festvox.org if you have any questions


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