Experimental Phonetics and Speech Processing Laboratory


Lab Name and Affiliation

Experimental Phonetics and Speech Processing Laboratory

Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China

Lab Director (or Principal Investigator)

Prof. Wentao Gu

Wentao Gu received his B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Communication and Information Systems from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1993, 1996, and 1999, respectively. He is currently Distinguished Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Culture, Nanjing Normal University, and also Deputy Director of the Institute of Linguistic Science and Technology in the same university. He is Associate Editor of PHONETICA. He is currently also Guest Researcher at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Japan.

His interests cover a broad range of fields in phonetic sciences, speech technologies, and psycholinguistics, but are focused on analysis, modeling, and cognition of speech prosody, as well as the application of prosodic information to speech technologies and language education, especially for tone languages. He has published over 50 papers in international journals (e.g., Phonetica, Speech Communication, IEEE Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing) and peer-reviewed international conferences. He has been Principal Investigator for a number of Chinese national projects, including a Major Program for the National Social Science Fund of China. He was General Chair of the Third International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2012) which was hosted jointly by the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) and the International Phonetic Association (IPA). He also serves as Guest Editor of a special issue for Journal of Chinese Linguistics Monograph Series.

Lab Introduction

Experimental Phonetics and Speech Processing Laboratory at Nanjing Normal University is affiliated with the Jiangsu Provincial Higher Institutions' Key Research Base for Philosophy and Social Sciences 'Research Center for Language Information Technologies'. The laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research in a broad range of fields in speech and language processing. It bridges many disciplines such as linguistics, phonetics, social psychology, cognitive & neural sciences, human-machine speech communication, and language education. The on-going research topics include social affective speech processing, production and perception of L2 speech prosody, prosodic analysis and modeling for Chinese dialects, computer-aided language learning, and behavioral & neural mechanisms for written and spoken language processing. We have very close project collaboration with research groups in a number of international institutes such as the University of Tokyo (Japan), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Kiel (Germany), Griffith University (Australia), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (HK), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HK).

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