Mauro Nicolao

Mauro Nicolao

Mauro Nicolao

Researchers

I am a research associate at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Sheffield.

My interests concern several aspects of speech analysis and modelling techniques. I am the main researcher in the homeService project of the NST network, which aims to use the state-of-the-art speech technologies to help people with disabilities to function their house (e.g. lamps, television, etc.). I worked in collaboration with ITSLanguage on a Computer Assistive Language Learning (CALL) project to evaluate learner’s speech proficiency and help him to improve his production.

I was awarded with a Masters degree in Telecommunication Engineering by University of Padova in 2005.
For the following four years, I joined the Italian National Council of Research (CNR) and I was involved in several projects: a) the development of an expressive speech synthesiser for the Italian language; b) a speech recogniser for Italian children speech; c) a preliminary project to develop a multilingual (Arabic, Italian, English) ASR in collaboration with Expert System Spa.
In 2010, I started to work as early-stage researcher at the University of Sheffield for 3 years funded by the Marie Curie European network SCALE.
During this time, I developed a computational model, named C2H. It consists of a reactive speech synthesiser able mimic the human speech modifications that happen when the communication is affected by environmental disturbance.

More information can be found at my personal website.

Contact

Contact Information

Office G042, Regent Court, 211 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK

+44 114 222 1912

m.nicolao at sheffield.ac.uk

Publications

2016

  • [PDF] M. Nicolao, H. Christensen, S. Cunningham, P. Green, and T. Hain, “A framework for collecting realistic recordings of dysarthric speech – the homeService corpus,” in The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation – LREC 2016, Portorož, SLO, 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{nicolao_lrec2016,
    address = {Portorož, SLO},
    author = {Nicolao, Mauro and Christensen, Heidi and Cunningham, Stuart and Green, Phil and Hain, Thomas},
    booktitle = {{The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation - LREC 2016}},
    project = {nst,nst-homeservice},
    title = {{A framework for collecting realistic recordings of dysarthric speech - the homeService corpus}},
    year = {2016}
    }
  • [PDF] R. W. M. Ng, M. Nicolao, O. Saz, M. Hasan, B. Chettri, M. Doulaty, T. Lee, and T. Hain, “Sheffield LRE 2015 System Description,” in Odyssey: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, 2016.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{ng_odyssey16,
    author = {Raymond W. M. Ng and Mauro Nicolao and Oscar Saz and Madina Hasan and Bhusan Chettri and Mortaza Doulaty and Tan Lee and Thomas Hain},
    booktitle = {{Odyssey: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop}},
    month = {June},
    project = {NST},
    title = {{Sheffield {LRE} 2015 System Description}},
    year = {2016}
    }

2015

  • [PDF] H. Christensen, M. Nicolao, S. Cunningham, S. Deena, P. Green, and T. Hain, “Speech-Enabled Environmental Control in an AAL setting for people with Speech Disorders: a Case Study,” in IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living, TechAAL 2015, London, UK, 2015.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{christensen_techaal15,
    address = {London, UK},
    author = {Christensen, Heidi and Nicolao, Mauro and Cunningham, Stuart and Deena, Salil and Green, Phil and Hain, Thomas},
    booktitle = {{IET International Conference on Technologies for Active and Assisted Living, TechAAL 2015}},
    project = {nst,nst-homeservice},
    title = {{Speech-Enabled Environmental Control in an AAL setting for people with Speech Disorders: a Case Study}},
    year = {2015}
    }
  • [PDF] [DOI] M. Nicolao, A. V. Beeston, and T. Hain, “Automatic Assessment of English Learner Pronunciation Using Discriminative Classifiers ,” in IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015, Brisbane, Australia, 2015, pp. 5351-5355.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{nicolao_icassp2015,
    address = {Brisbane, Australia},
    author = {Nicolao, Mauro and Beeston, Amy V and Hain, Thomas},
    booktitle = {{IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015}},
    doi = {10.1109/ICASSP.2015.7178993},
    month = {apr},
    pages = {5351--5355},
    project = {ITSLanguage},
    title = {{Automatic Assessment of English Learner Pronunciation Using Discriminative Classifiers }},
    year = {2015}
    }

2013

  • [PDF] M. Nicolao, F. Tesser, and R. K. Moore, “A phonetic-contrast motivated adaptation to control the degree-of-articulation on Italian HMM-based synthetic voices,” in 8th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis, Barcelona, Spain, 2013, pp. 127-132.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{nicolao_ssw8,
    address = {Barcelona, Spain},
    author = {Nicolao, Mauro and Tesser, Fabio and Moore, Roger K},
    booktitle = {{8th ISCA Workshop on Speech Synthesis}},
    month = {August},
    pages = {127--132},
    project = {SCALE},
    title = {{A phonetic-contrast motivated adaptation to control the degree-of-articulation on Italian HMM-based synthetic voices}},
    year = {2013}
    }

2012

  • M. Nicolao, J. Latorre, and R. K. Moore, “C2H: A Computational Model of H&H-based Phonetic Contrast in Synthetic Speech,” in Proceedings of 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2012, Portland, OR, 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{nicolao_is12,
    address = {Portland, OR},
    author = {Nicolao, Mauro and Latorre, Javier and Moore, Roger K},
    booktitle = {{Proceedings of 13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2012}},
    month = {sep},
    project = {SCALE},
    title = {{C2H: A Computational Model of H{\&}H-based Phonetic Contrast in Synthetic Speech}},
    year = {2012}
    }
  • M. Nicolao and R. K. Moore, “Establishing some principles of human speech production through two-dimensional computational models,” in SAPA-SCALE workshop 2012, Portland, OR, 2012.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{nicolao_sapa12,
    address = {Portland, OR},
    author = {Nicolao, Mauro and Moore, Roger K},
    booktitle = {{SAPA-SCALE workshop 2012}},
    month = {aug},
    project = {SCALE},
    title = {{Establishing some principles of human speech production through two-dimensional computational models}},
    year = {2012}
    }

2011

  • [PDF] R. K. Moore and M. Nicolao, “Reactive Speech Synthesis: Actively Managing Phonetic Contrast Along an H&H Continuum,” in Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ICPhS 2011, Hong Kong, China, 2011, pp. 1422-1425.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{moore_icphs11,
    address = {Hong Kong, China},
    author = {Moore, Roger K and Nicolao, Mauro},
    booktitle = {{Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ICPhS 2011}},
    keyword = {feedback control, hypo/hyper-articulation, reactive speech synthesis},
    month = {aug},
    pages = {1422--1425},
    project = {SCALE},
    title = {{Reactive Speech Synthesis: Actively Managing Phonetic Contrast Along an H{\&}H Continuum}},
    year = {2011}
    }

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