The Centre for Speech Technology Research, The university of Edinburgh

CSTR Weekly Meeting - Talk Schedule

Time and Place

CSTR meetings will generally held on Monday at 16:10. As of 16 March 2020, we will be running CSTR talks virtually via Zoom (due to the COVID-19). We will send out the link to join the virtual meeting on the CSTR talks mailing list.


Meetings consist of a 30-45 minute talk followed by questions and discussion.


We've roughly scheduled CSTR members to give one research talks during the year. We expect these annual reports to be interspersed with practice talks, pre-viva talks, talks from visitors etc. Contact Catherine Lai to select specific dates or if you would like to enter the rota.

Do you have a great idea that you want to develop? You can always schedule a work-in-progress talk earlier than you appear on the list!

Talk schedule

Date Speaker
08 June 2020 Avashna Govender (DDD)
Measuring the cognitive load imposed by text-to-speech synthesis
13 July 2020 Simon King
Connections between speech synthesis and voice conversion
27 July 2020 Jason Fong
First Year Review: Towards robust zero resource pronunciation correction of end-to-end text-to-speech
3 August 2020
at 10:00
Jennifer Williams
Learning Representations for Automatic Quality Estimation and Controllable Text-to-Speech Synthesis
10 August 2020 Jacob Webber
Controllable speech through adversarial representation disentanglement
17 August 2020 Chau Luu
Leveraging deep speaker embedding variability factors for verification and diarization (annual review)
24 August 2020 Jinhong Lu
Speech wave-form driven head motion synthesis for conversational agents (annual review)
27 August 2020
Thu 3:10pm
Jason Taylor
Pronunciation Learning in Text-to-Speech Synthesis (annual review)
14 September 2020
Erfan Loweimi
Raw Sign and Magnitude Spectra for Multi-head Acoustic Modelling
21 September 2020
Mon 10:00am
Shucong Zhang
Investigating the usefulness of self-attention for speech recognition (Annual review)

Coming up next...

(with date of last talk)
Junichi Yamagishi (11.06.18)
Aciel Eskhy (25.02.19)
Korin Richmond (11.03.19)
Hiroshi Shimodaira (25.03.19)
Peter Bell (04.04.19)
Catherine Lai (30.05.19)
Cassia Valentini (30.05.19)
Erfan Loweimi (03.06.19)
Sam Ribeiro (29.07.19)
Carol Chermaz (26.08.19)
Ramon Sanabria
Jie Chi
Dan Wells
Emelie Van de Vreken
Nina Markl
Yumnah Mohamied
Steve Renals (23.10.17)
Oliver Watts (28.10.19)
Jason Taylor (04.11.19)
Pilar Oplustil (21.11.19)
Shucong Zhang (9.12.19)
Joanna Rownicka (13.01.20)
Andrea Carmantini (20.01.20)
Ondrej Klejch (21.04.20)
Zack Hodari (23.04.20)
Avashna Govender (08.06.20)
Simon King (13.07.20)
Jason Fong (27.07.20) 
Jennifer Williams (03.08.20)
Jacob Webber (10.08.20)
Chau Luu (17.08.20)
JinHong Lu (24.08.20)