EEM.ssr:  Speaker & Speech Recognition (EEEM034)

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On this Speaker and Speech Recognition website you'll find course materials and other learning resources.


Lectures are in TB-01 at 11am-1pm on Tuesdays and 9am-10am on Thursdays. There are computer-based labs in weeks 2, 3 and 6, which will take place in the Swan/Duck Labs (34/34a-BB-04). The lecturers for this module are Dr Philip Jackson (PJ; yellow) and Professor Josef Kittler (JK; orange). If you have any general queries, you should contact Mrs Amanda Ellis in the Postgraduate Office on AA-02; otherwise, or if you have an academic question, you can email Philip Jackson.

 Week    Date    Lecture/Lab   Exercise 
     11am-Tu   4pm-Tu   9am-Th   
  1    Feb  4     Lectures        Lec.  Ex.  1
  2    Feb 11     Lectures      Lab.  1       
  3    Feb 18  Lectures   Lab.  2    Ex.  2
  4    Feb 25  Reading     
  5    Mar  4  Lectures     Lec.  Ex.  3
  6    Mar 11  Lectures   Lab.  3   Lec.     
  7    Mar 18  Lectures     Lec.  Ex.  4
  -        Easter break     
  8    Apr 22  Lectures     Lec.     
  9    Apr 29  Lectures     Lec.  Ex.  5
  10   May  6  Lectures     Lec.     
  11   May 13  Revision     Ex.  6


The coursework for this module, which is worth 40% of the credit, comes as three written assignments. Although each one is associated with an introductory lab session, the assignments must be carried out in your own time, and submitted before the deadline for each assessment.

The marks for all three lab assignments are now available (on campus only).

Slides and links

As the weeks go by, the slides that are presented during lectures will be posted below. There are also exercises on this web site for you to do in your own time.

You are encouraged to explore the internet yourself for relevant information.


The books recommended for this course are:

  • Jelinek: Jelinek, F., Statistical Methods for Speech Recognition, MIT Press, 1998 [0-262-10066-5]. £37
  • Homes & Holmes: Holmes, J.N. and Holmes, W.J., Speech Synthesis and Recognition, Taylor & Francis, 2001 [0-748-40857-6]. £26

There are also many useful articles available on the internet, e.g.:

  • Young: Young, S.J., "Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition", IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 13(5): 45-57, 1996. gzipped postscript
  • Young et al.: Young, S.J. et al., The HTK Book, CUED (v3.4), 2006. website
  • Rabiner: Rabiner, L.R., A tutorial on HMM and selected applications in speech recognition, In Proc. IEEE, Vol. 77, No. 2, pp. 257-286, Feb. 1989.

Other books that you might find of interest include:

  • Jurafsky & Martin: Jurafsky, D. and Martin, J.H., Speech and Language Processing: An Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Speech Recognition, Prentice Hall, 2003 [0-131-22798-X]. £40
  • Gold & Morgan: Gold, B. and Morgan, N., Speech and Audio Signal Processing: Processing and Perception of Speech and Music, New York: Wiley, 2000 [0-471-35154-7]. £77
  • Gold, Morgan & Ellis: Gold, B., Morgan, N., and Ellis, D., Speech and Audio Signal Processing: Processing and Perception of Speech and Music (hardback), 2nd ed., New York: Wiley, 2011 [0-470-19536-3]. £65

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