We are thrilled that our paper, Age- and gender-related differences in speech alignment toward humans and voice-AI, has been accepted at Frontiers in Communication: Language Sciences today!
We are thrilled to have several papers accepted to the 2020 Interspeech conference:
Including one for the new collaboration between UC Davis and Saarland University:
Check out this month's edition of Language for a new article by Santiago Barreda, "Vowel normalization as perceptual constancy."
Barreda, S. (2020). Vowel normalization as perceptual constancy. Language 96(2), 224-254. doi:10.1353/lan.2020.0018
Congrats to Georgia Zellou for being awarded a 2020 UC Davis Dean's Faculty Fellowship!
Before leaving UC Davis, Dean Spiller instituted the Dean's 2020 Faculty Fellows program, which aimed to support emerging junior faculty with a potential for extraordinary research impact in the coming years. These 3-year awards drawn from annual development funds will provide $7.5k/year to 3 new fellows. The program is expected to continue every year in the future. The main criterion for eligibility is that the faculty member should have received their PhD no more than 10 years ago.
For this inaugural year, the program received 16 nominations, all of which were worthy of such an award. The L&S Research Support Committee (RSC*), a faculty advisory body in the college, took on the difficult task of reviewing these applications. Here are the three recipients:
Mairaj Syed, Religious Studies
Tucker Jones, Physics
Georgia Zellou, Linguistics
This year's Picnic Day is going 100% digital in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, a small team of talented RAs (Patty Sandoval, Julian Rambob, Mia Gong, and Marlene Andrade) helped postdoc Michelle Cohn create videos for our Virtual Picnic Day Booths!
Speech Science with Siri & Alexa
Hosted by the Voice-AI Speech Research Group in the UC Davis Phonetics Lab, Dept. of Linguistics
Speech Science with the Amazon Alexa Prize chatbot, Gunrock
Hosted by the UC Davis Human-Device Interaction Group: UCD Natural Language Processing (NLP) Lab (Computer Science), UCD Phonetics Lab (Linguistics)
See the other Virtual Picnic Day events here!
Participate in experiments from home!
As part of Virtual Picnic Day, we are launching online studies that you and your family can participate in from home!
New paper out by Dr. Georgia Zellou, Dr. Santiago Barreda, and Ph.D. student Bruno Ferenc Segedin. You can read it here: https://asa.scitation.org/doi/pdf/10.1121/10.0000951?download=true.
Call for RAs: Alexa- vs. human-directed speech project (Dr. Michelle Cohn, UCD Phonetics Lab)
Postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Michelle Cohn, is recruiting undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to serve as confederates in the Alexa- (Amazon Echo) vs. human-directed speech project for Spring 2020 (with possibility of a paid STDT 2 position in Summer 2020 and LIN 199 units in Fall 2020).
RAs are expected to work approximately 6-8 hours a week on the project and will receive 2 units of LIN 199 credit per quarter (Note that 4 units count as upper division elective toward LIN major).
Details (Spring Qtr 2020):
Application deadline: March 8, 2020 (by midnight PST)
To apply, email the following to the project PI, Dr. Cohn (email@example.com):