2018 Speech Processing Courses in Crete
Towards Flexible and Intelligible End-to-End Speech synthesis systems

23-27 July 2018    University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


Yannis Pantazis is a Researcher at the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics at FORTH (IACM-FORTH). He received his PhD in 2010 from the Computer Science Department, University of Crete. His research interests include Machine Learning, Estimation Theory, Uncertainty Quantification, Dynamical Systems and Signal Processing. He is author of 30 international refereed scientific publications. Recently, he received the bronze medal on DARPA's Forecasting Chikungunya Outbreak Challenge.

Spyros Raptis is co-founder and Head of TTS R&D at INNOETICS, a spin-off company from the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) that has been recently acquired by SAMSUNG. He holds a PhD in computational intelligence and robotics, and has been actively engaged in R&D on speech synthesis for two decades. He has published scientific articles in international journals and conferences, has coordinated European R&D projects, and was engaged in academic teaching in those fields. He has participated in the development of speech synthesis systems that received international awards. Previously, he has been senior researcher at the "Athena" Research Center and has served as the Director of ILSP.

Yannis Stylianou is Professor of Speech Processing at University of Crete, in Greece, Department of Computer Science, CSD UOC, and since 2013, he is also the Group Leader of the Speech Technology Group at Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab, UK. From 1996 until 2001 he was with AT&T Labs Research (Murray Hill and Florham Park, NJ, USA) as a Senior Technical Staff Member. In 2001 he joined Bell-Labs Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, NJ, USA (now Alcatel-Lucent). He holds MSc and PhD from ENST-Paris on Signal Processing and he has studied Electrical Engineering at NTUA Athens Greece (1991). He is an IEEE Fellow.

Tomoki Toda received the B.E. degree from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, in 1999 and the M.E. and D.E. degrees from NAIST, Nara, Japan, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He was a Research Fellow of the JSPS from 2003 to 2005. He was then an Assistant Professor (2005-2011) and an Associate Professor (2011-2015) at NAIST. Since 2015, he has been a Professor in the Information Technology Center, Nagoya University. His research interests include statistical approaches to speech, music, and sound information processing. He has received more than 10 paper/achievement awards.

Vassilis Tsiaras received his degree in Mathematics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1990, his M.Sc in Mathematics from the QMW College, University of London in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Crete in 2009. His research areas of interest include graph algorithms, biomedical signal processing, statistical speech synthesis, and machine learning.