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Professor Ailbhe Ni Chasaide

Professor in Phonetics (C.L.C.S.)
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Ailbhe Ní Chasaide graduated from the Universities of Galway (B.A.), Bordeaux (Maîtrise es Lettres) and Bangor, Wales (M.A., Ph.D). When first appointed to Trinity College Dublin, she founded the Phonetics & Speech Laboratory and is currently Professor of Phonetics. She is a Fellow of Trinity College, and has served as a Member of the University's Board and as School Director of Research. She has also served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the International Phonetic Association. She has directed over 20 funded research projects, on voice analysis and the role of voice in communication, on the prosody of Irish, and on the development of speech technology and linguistic resources for Irish. Awards, such as a Fullbright Fellowship and a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship have funded extended research periods with the M.I.T Speech Group, Haskins Laboratories (Yale), KTH, Stockholm, and Oxford University.
 ABAIR
 WISPR - Welsh and Irish Speech Processing Resources
 HUMAINE - Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion
 Interaction of voice quality and f0 in prosody
 Technology and Irish language pedagogy

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Council Member, and Past Vice President and Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association
International Speech Communication Association
Acoustical Society of America
Colloquium of British Academic Phoneticians
Irish Speech Group
The Potential of Text-to-Speech Synthesis in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: A Minority Language Perspective in, editor(s)Alberto Andujar , Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, 2020, pp149 - 169, [Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
An iCALL approach to morphophonemic training for Irish using speech technology in, editor(s)Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thouësny , CALL and complexity - short papers from EUROCALL 2019, Research-publishing.net, 2019, pp314 - 320, [Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gobl, C. and Ní Chasaide, A., Time to frequency domain mapping of the voice source: the influence of open quotient and glottal skew on the low end of the source spectrum, INTERSPEECH 2019, Graz, Austria, 2019, pp1961 - 1965, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Murphy, A., Yanushevskaya, I., Ní Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., The role of voice quality in the perception of prominence in synthetic speech, INTERSPEECH 2019, Graz, Austria, 2019, pp2543 - 2547, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gobl, C., Yanushevskaya, I., Murphy, A., Ní Chasaide, A., Comparison of time and frequency domain measures of the voice source, ICPhS 2019: the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019, pp3290 - 3294, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
Ní Chasaide, A., Ní Chiaráin, N., Berthelsen, H., Wendler, C., Murphy, A., Barnes, E. and Gobl, C. , Leveraging Phonetic and Speech Research for Irish Language Revitalisation and Maintenance, ICPhS 2019: the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 2019, pp994 - 998, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide, An Scéalaí: autonomous learners harnessing speech and language technologies, SLaTE 2019: 8th ISCA Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education, Graz, Austria, 20/09/19 - 21/09/19, ISCA, 2019, pp94 - 98, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
An Scéalaí: synthetic voices for autonomous learning in, editor(s)P. Taalas, J. Jalkanen, L. Bradley and S. Thouesny , Future-proof CALL: Language Learning as Exploration and Encounters - short papers from EUROCALL 2018, Research-publishing.net, 2018, pp230 - 235, [Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ó Broin, D., Barnes, E., Ní Chiaráin, N. and Ní Chasaide, A., A Story Based Game for Teaching Phonics for the Irish language, Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Games Based Learning, Sophia Antipolis, France, 2018, pp495 - 503, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Barnes, E., Ní Chasaide, A. and Ní Chiaráin, N., The design and pre-testing of literacy and cognitive tasks in Irish and English, Literacy Association of Ireland 42nd International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2018, pp1 - 11, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
  

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Governmnet of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2003
Research Fellowship, Oxford University 1982
University of Wales Studentship 1977-1979
Postgraduate Scholarship from Irish Linguistics Institute 1979-1977
Junior Research and Teaching Fellowship, University College Galway 1973-1974
Arts & ESS Benefaction Fund Award for research visit to ATR, Kyoto, Japan 2003
Fellow Trinity College Dublin (elected) 1998
Treasurer of the International Phonetic Association (elected, 1995-2003) 1995-2003
Vice President of the International Phonetic Association (elected) 1993-1995
Trinity Trust Award for research at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm 1989
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship for research at M.I.T. and Haskins Laboratories, New Haven 1987
Swedish Institute Scholarship for research at Royal Institute of Tech¬nology, Stockholm 1986
CNRS (Paris)/ and NBST (Dublin) Award: research visits, French speech laboratories 1985
I carry out research on the voice, and on its role in speech communication, on the prosodic and segmental structure of Irish, and on speech technology for Irish. This research is carried out with the research group of the Phonetics & Speech Lab. The voice carries different strands of information: personal (on the identity and characteristics of the speaker), linguistic (shaping the prosodic structure of the message) and paralinguistic (through tone-of-voice conveying our feelings and attitude to the speaker and to the message). I am interested particularly on the interaction of the latter two, which together make up the 'prosody of the voice', and work towards the elaboration a more holistic model of speech prosody, using specialised voice analysis techniques developed here at TCD. I also research the prosody and segmentals of Irish and of Irish English. Developing speech technology for Irish dialects is a further research interest that builds on the theoretical and empirical strands of my research. Text-to-speech systems, developed for Irish dialects, are made available at www.abair.ie, and along with this, a growing body of resources, aimed at language users/learners, and at disability access. This work on Irish aims further to explore how speech technology resources can play a role in the maintenance and preservation of endangered languages.