Agenda for the Second Workshop on Internationalizing SSML

Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Crete,
site of the W3C Office in Greece

30-31 May 2006

Each session includes the presentation of one or two papers, followed by a discussion about at least one item presented in the papers. Some discussions will refer to items from several previously presented papers.


Tuesday 30 May, 8:30-18:00

Session 1: Introductory   [Minutes]

Jim Larson → Kazuyuki Ashimura
Kazuyuki Ashimura → Max Froumentin

8:30-8:40 Welcome and meeting logistics — FORTH

8:40-8:45 Workshop expectations — Jim Larson → Kazuyuki Ashimura

8:45-9:05 Introduction on W3C and Voiec Browser Working Group — Max Froumentin

9:05-9:25 Internationalization of SSML — Dan Burnett

9:25-9:45 PLS for SSML — Paolo Baggia

9:45-10:05 Updates to RFC 3066 — Richard Ishida


10:05-10:30 BREAK


Session 2: Languages / Dialects   [Minutes]

Richard Ishida
Jim Larson → Dan Burnett

10:30-11:00 10. Roger Tucker & Ksenia Shalonova: Position paper for SSML workshop in Crete

Topics include: tones, dialects & styles, schwa deletion

11:00-11:30 3. Kishore Prahallad and Nixon Patel: SSML Extensions for Text to Speech systems in Indian Languages

Topics include: syllables, loan words, <dialect>

11:30-12:30 Discussion: How should dialects be supported? What are the shortcomings of RFC3066?


12:30-14:00 LUNCH


Session 3: Syllables / Tokens   [Minutes]

Paolo Baggia
Max Froumentin

14:00-14:30 2. Geza Nemeth, Geza Kiss, Balint Toth: Proposals for Extending the speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) 1.0 form the Point of View of Hungarian TTS Developers

Topics include: speaking-style, syllable structure, phoneme language, parts of speech, phonetic alphabet for Solvenian, foreign text

14:30-15:00 6. Davide Bonardo: SSML Extensions for Multilanguage usage

Topics include: interpret as, <token>

15:00-16:00 Discussion: How should syllable structure / token be represented in SSML?


16:00-16:30 BREAK


Session 4: IPA / Phonetic Alphabets   [Minutes]

Kazuyuki Ashimura
Paolo Baggia

16:30-17:00 4. Raghunath K. Joshi: The Phonemic model from India for Bi-modal Applications

Topics include: IPA and phonetic model

17:00-18:00 Discussion: What phonetic/phonemic alphabets should be used for SSML? Is IPA satisfactory for representing the pronunciation of words?


18:30- DINNER


Wednesday 31 May, 8:30-18:00

Session 5: Multilanguages Issues   [Minutes]

Richard Ishida
Max Froumentin

8:30-9:00 9. Kimmo Parssinen, Marko Moberg, Mikko Harju & Olli Viikki: Development Challenges of Multilingual Text-to-Speech systems

Topics include: fallback language, language mappings, preprocessor, multilingual

9:00-9:30 13. Zdroik Przemysław & Paul Bagshaw: Position paper for 2nd W3C Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)

Topics include: token element, missing diacritics, word stress

7. Sarmad Hussain: SSML for Urdu Speech Synthesis

Topics include: multilingual text, date format & digits (say-as), diacritics, deep analysis, space between words

9:30-10:30 Discussion: How to represent foreign words?


10:30-11:00 BREAK


Session 6: Disambiguation of Multiple Pronunciation   [Minutes]

Jim Larson → Paolo Baggia
Richard Ishida

11:00-11:30 11. Hani Safadi, Oumayma Aldakkak & N. Ghneim: Computational Methods to Vocalize Arabic Texts (Arabic TTS — Status & problems)

Topics include: vowel length identification, POS, type of emotion (mainly mentioned in attachments: SSML_A.dpf.pdf, final_Emotion.pdf)

11:30-12:00 1. Jerneja Zganec Gross: Considerations on using PLS for Slovenian Pronunciation Lexicon Construction

Topics include: pronunciation style, emotion, dialects, pron-source, POS

12:00-13:00 Discussion: How should multiple pronunciation identified and disambiguated in SSML? Is parts of speech useful enough? Should emotions be included in SSML?


13:00-14:30 LUNCH


Session 7: Say-as Topics   [Minutes]

Dan Burnett
Paolo Baggia

14:30-15:00 5. Chris Vosnidis: Position paper for the Second W3C Workshop on Internationalizing the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML)

Topics include: inflection, format, details, alias maps

15:00-16:00 Discussion: How should the <say-as> tag be extended?


16:00-16:30 BREAK


Session 8: Remaining Topics   [Minutes]

Max Froumentin
Jim Larson → Richard Ishida

16:30-17:30 Discussion: remaining topics and new topics arising during earlier discussions


Session 9: Summary and conclusion   [Minutes]

Jim Larson → Dan Burnett & Max Froumentin
Dan Burnett → Kazuyuki Ashimura

17:30-18:00 Discussion: What are the next steps?

The Call for Participation, the Minutes and the Logistics Information are available.

Jim Larson and Kazuyuki Ashimura, Workshop Co-chairs
Max Froumentin, Voice Activity Lead

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