Dan Wells


About me

I am a PhD student in the UKRI CDT in NLP in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. There I am a member of the Centre for Speech Technology Research and the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. My supervisors are Korin Richmond and Simon King.

My research interests are in text-to-speech synthesis for low-resource languages, especially multilingual modelling, transfer learning and model adaptation in end-to-end neural network systems. I'm interested in finding representations of speech which allow more efficient sharing of information between languages, making it easier to bootstrap training new voices for languages with little annotated data.

Education

2019–Present PhD student in Natural Language Processing, University of Edinburgh
2014–2015 MSc Speech and Language Processing, University of Edinburgh
2010–2013 BA (Hons) Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Professional experience

Apr–Aug 2019 Language Engineer, Google (via Adecco)
  • Text normalization for TTS frontends in multiple languages
Nov 2015–
Apr 2019
Speech Scientist, Nuance Communications
  • Training speaker verification models for voice biometric systems
  • Writing grammars for speech recognition in spoken dialogue systems
Jan–Aug 2014 Speech Data Evaluator, Google (via Adecco)
  • Transcription of acoustic data and new lexicon entries