Alok Ulhas Parlikar

Research Interests

  • Speech Synthesis: Text Processing, Speaking Styles, Prosody, Singing
  • Automatic Speech Recognition
  • Speech to Speech Translation
  • Multilingual Speech and Language Processing
  • Practical Implementations of Speech and Language Technologies

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I am in the Speech Recognition group at Amazon

We are a team of scientists and developers working on audio, speech and language solutions that will revolutionize how customers interact with Amazon’s products and services. We are a rapidly growing team, looking for passionate, entrepreneurial research scientists and engineers who have expertise in speech recognition, language understanding and audio processing.

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PhD in Language and Information Technologies
Carnegie Mellon University, Sep 2013

Thesis: Style-Specific Phrasing in Speech Synthesis [pdf]
Advisor: Alan W Black

Graduate Research Experience

While at Carnegie Mellon, I have worked on several projects in the area of multilingual speech and language processing. Here is a list of the most recent ones:

Google Grant (2012--2013)
Text to Speech for Languages without an Orthography
PT-STAR (2009--2012)
Style-Specific Synthesis for Speech Translation
TRANSTAC (2010--2011)
Small-footprint Speech Synthesis under Android
GALE (2007--2009)
Syntax-Based Statistical Machine Translation (Chinese, Arabic — English)

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