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Professor Nick Campbell

Fellow Emeritus (Computer Science)


Nick Campbell (nick@tcd,ie) is SFI Stokes Professor of Speech & Communication Technology at Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin) in Ireland. He received his Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex in the U.K., and was previously engaged at the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, (as and as Chief Researcher in the Department of Acoustics and Speech Research, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (as, Kyoto, Japan, where he also served as Research Director for the JST/CREST Expressive Speech Processing and the SCOPE "Robot's Ears" projects. He was first invited as a Research Fellow at the IBM U.K. Scientific Centre, where he developed algorithms for speech synthesis, and later at the AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he worked on the synthesis of Japanese. He served as Senior Linguist at the Edinburgh University Centre for Speech Technology Research before joining ATR in 1990. His research interests are based on large speech databases, and include nonverbal speech processing, concatenative speech synthesis, and prosodic information modeling. He spends his spare time working with postgraduate students as Visiting Professor at the School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Nara, Japan, and was also Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan for 10 years.
  Cognition   Communication engineering, technology   Communication Sciences   Computational linguistics   Computer Science/Engineering   Databases, database management, data mining   Discourse & Dialogue   Human computer interactions   Information Technology   Intelligent agents   Language and technology   Multimedia   Numerical analysis   Remote sensing   Signal processing   Speech Processing   Speech processing/technology   SPEECH PROSODY   Speech synthesis   Virtual Reality

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Board member: International Speech Communication Association 2009-present
Steering Committee member - Digital Humanities Research (TCD) August 2012
Member, Spoken Language Technical Committee, IEEE Signal Processing Society Oct 2011 - present
Board Member - European Language Resources Association (ELRA) Nov 2010
Vice President - European Language Resources Association Feb 2011 -
Board member: Japan British Association of the Kansai 2005-present
Guest Editor, IEEE Trans Speech & Audio - Special Issue on Expressive Speech Synthesis 2004-2006
Member - META-NET (EU) Vision Group 2010-2012
member of Management Committee, European Science Foundation (ESF) funded Research Network: COST 2102: Cross- Modal Analysis of Verbal and Non-verbal Communication. 2008-2011
Humaine (EU) Executive Committee member 2007-2011
Member of the Editorial Board: Cognitive Processing 2009-2012
Member of the Editorial Board, Language Resources and Evaluation 2004-2009
Member of the Editorial Board, Phonetica 2003-2004
Associate Editor, Language & Speech 1999-2009
Associate Editor, Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan 2000-2009
Associate Editor - IEEE Transactions on Speech & Audio 1999-2004
Guest Editor - IEEE Trans SP Special Issue on Speech Synthesis 2001-2002
ISCA Speech Synthesis SIG - Vice Chairman, ILO 1998-2009
External Expert, European Commission, 'Humaine' Network of Excellence. 2007-2008
Speech Synthesis Working Group Convenor COCOSDA 1995-2000
DISC Advisory Panel (member) 1997-1999
Secretary/Communications Officer COCOSDA 1991-present
51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 2013. (Programme Committee member) Dec 2012
PC member - 14th International Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing Dec 2012
SciCom member - 12th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP2013) Nov 2012
SC member - 12th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP2013) Nv 2012
PC member - Beyond AI: Artificial Dreams BAI12 Jun 2012
Organising Committee member - Workshop on Multimodal Analyses enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction. Jan 2012
International Advisory Committee member - 15th Oriental COCOSDA Conference, Macao, 2012 Jan 2011
OrgCom CogInfoCom 2012 Dec 2012
PC member - BCS/CPHC Distinguished Dissertations competition 2012 Dec 2012
PC member (HLT-10) The Fourth Baltic Conference on Human Language Technologies Aprli 2010
PC member - IWSDS 2012 - International Workshop on Spoken Dialog Systems 2012 Aug 2012
PC member - SocialCom 2012 - ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing Sep 2012
PC member - PLM2012 - 43rd Poznań Linguistic Meeting Mar 2012
PC member - SP2012 - 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody May 2012
PC member - SSPW2009 - Social Signal Processing Workshop Jan 2009
PC member - TAL 2012 - The Third International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages May 2012
PC member - Simpe 2010 - Fifth Workshop on Speech in Mobile and Pervasive Environments May 2010
Organiser - Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech - Long Room Hub - International Workshop Oct 2012
PC member - LREC2012 - The 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation May 2012
General Chair 7th Speech Prosody International Conference Dublin, Ireland May 2014
Co-organiser MA3HMI, Singapore Sep 2014
Co-Organiser - 3rd European Symposium on Multimodal Communication, MMSYM-2015, Dublin 17,18 Sept 2015
Co-Organiser - Engagement in Social Intelligent Virtual Agents - satellite w/s of Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015), August 26-28, Delft Aug 2015
PC member - O-COCOSDA-2015 May 2015
PC member - CICLing 2015 Apr 2015
PC member - IWSDS 2015 Apr 2015
PC member - LTC2015 Jun 2015
Co-Organiser/Local Host - MMSYM 2015 Jun 2015
PC member - SPECOM 2015 Jun 2015
PC member - CogInfoCom 2014 Apr 2014
Co-Organiser - ESIVA - satellite of Interspeech 2015 May 2015
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Arabic Basic Basic Basic
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Basic
Irish Basic Basic Basic
Japanese Fluent Medium Fluent
Details Date From Date To
International Phonetic Association, Coordinating Committee on Speech I/O Database Assessment, International Committee of Acoustic Society of Japan, International Speech Communication Association Institute of Acoustics (adherent) U.K., Acoustic Society of America, Acoustic Society of Japan. IEEE Signal Processing Society
Annotating the TCD D-ANS Corpus - a multimodal multimedia monolingual biometric corpus of spoken social interaction in, editor(s)Ronald Boeck and Francesca Bonin , Multimodal Analyses Enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction", Heidelberg, Springer Verlag, 2015, [Nick Campbell and Shannon Hennig], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Expressivity in Interactive Speech Synthesis; Some Paralinguistic and Nonlinguistic Issues of Speech Prosody for Conversational Dialogue Systems in, editor(s)K. Hirose, J. Tao , Speech Prosody in Speech Synthesis: Modeling and generation of prosody for high quality and flexible speech synthesis, 2015, pp97 - 107, [Nick Campbell and Ya Li], Notes: [DOI 10.1007/978-3-662-45258-5_7], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Ya Li, Nick Campbell, JianHua Tao, Voice Quality: not only about "you" but also about "your interlocutor", ICASSP, Canada, edited by IEEE , 2015, Conference Paper, ACCEPTED
Francesca Bonin, Nick Campbell and Carl Vogel, The discourse value of social signals at topic change moments, Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2015), Dresden, Germany, September 6-10, 2015, 2015, pp1967-1971 , Notes: [ISSN 2308-457X], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Nick Campbell, Human-robot speech communication, interaction, and co-vocalization systems, International Workshop on Speech Robotics, Dresden, Germany, September 11, 2015, 2015, Interspeech (Satellite Workshop), Invited Talk, PUBLISHED  URL
Nick Campbell, Engaging Machines, Workshop on Engagement in Social Intelligent Virtual Agents, Delft, Netherlands, 25th August, 2015, Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015 Satellite Workshop), Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Nick Campbell, Interactive Dialogue Systems: Human-Machine Partnerships, International Symposium on Companion Technology, Ulm, Germany, 25 September, 2015, Transregional Collaborative Research Centre SFB/TRR 62 "Companion-Technology for Cognitive Technical Systems", Notes: [Keynote Talk], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Matej Rojc, Niick Campbell, Coverbal Synchrony in Human-Machine Interaction, Boca Raton, CRC Press, 2014, 1 - 434pp, Book, PUBLISHED  DOI
Speech Technology and Conversational Activity in Human-Macjube Interaction in, editor(s)Rojc & Campbell , Coverbal Synchrony in Human-Machine Interaction, USA, CRC Presss, 2014, pp1 - 16, [Nick Campbell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
More Than Just Words: Building a Chatty Robot in, Joseph Mariani, Sophie Rosset, Martine Garnier-Rizet, Laurence Devillers , Natural Interaction with Robots, Knowbots and Smartphones, New York, Springer, 2014, pp179 - 185, [Emer Gilmartin, Nick Campbell], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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nick campbell, An introduction to the TCD D-ANS Corpus - a multimodal multimedia monolingual biometric corpus of spoken social interaction !, Multimodal Analyses enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction, Singapore, 14 sept , 2014, ISCA Satellite Workshop, Notes: [invited keynote], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Nick Campbell, An introduction to the TCD Biometric corpus of multimodal spoken interaction - D-ANS, Kaken Research Meeting, Osaka, Japan, 6th Dec. , 2014, Kobe University, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Nick Campbell, "D-ANS corpus: a new corpus of multimodal biometric spontaneous speech recordings" , Meeting of Kaken A, Osaka, Japan, Dec 6th, 2014, Kobe University, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
ISCA SproSIG, Social and Linguistic Speech Prosody, 20-23 May 2014, In:SP7: Speech Prosody 2014, 2014, TCD Burke Theatre, Nick Campbell, ISCA/SproSIG, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
ISCA, MA3HMI 2014 workshop,, September 14, In: Interspeech 2014,, 2014, Singapore, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Joao Cabral, Nick Campbell, Shree Ganesh, Emer Gilmartin, Fasih Haider, Eamon Kenny, Mina Kheirkhah, Andy Murphy, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Thomas Pellegrini, Odei Rey Orosko, 'MILLA - A Multimodal Interactive Language Agent', eNTERFACE, 2014, -, Software, PUBLISHED
N. Campbell, Social aspects and speechability in CogInfoCom systems, CogInfoCom 2012, Kosice, Slovakia, 2nd December, 2012, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Notes: [invited plenary talk], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
N. Campbell, Introduction to the Speech Communication Lab at Trinity College Dublin, UK & IE Speech Meeting,, Birmingham,, Dec 17-18, 2012, 2012, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
IVA (Intelligent Virtual Agenms), IVA 2012 workshops: MA3 2012 and RCVA 2012, Septemner 15, In:International Workshop on Multimodal Analyses for Human Machine Interaction, 2012, Santa Cruz, Böck, Bonin, Campbell, Edlund, De Kok, Poppe, Traum , Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED
Speech Communication Lab, TCD, Laughter and other Non-Verbal Vocalisations in Speech, October 26-27, 2012, In:Interdisciplinary Workshop, 2012, Dublin, Notes: [Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin Jürgen Trouvain, Saarland University Khiet Truong, University of Twente], Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2010
Track Leader (SFI CSET-CNGL) ILT August 2011
Kaken (Japanese Govt funding) 3yrs August 2012
Theme Leader CNGL-ii 2013
Theme Leader ADAPT Centre 2015
ISCA (Japan Collaboration) 2014
GoogleScholar h-index: 35(23), i-10: 117 (60) Nov 2014
My background is in experimental psychology and linguistics, but most of my experience is in speech technology. I prefer corpus-based approaches and have pioneered advanced (and paradigm-shifting) methods of speech synthesis and natural conversational speech collection in a multimodal environment. My principal interest is in speech prosody, extending this research to social interaction to show how the voice is used in discourse to express personal relations as well as propositional content. Most of my previous work has used speech materials collected in Japan, and I am happy now to be in Ireland where I can confirm the universality of my previous findings - both for Irish and for Hiberno-English. Ultimately, I am working to produce a friendlier speech-based human-machine interface for web-based information, customer-services, games, and robotics, while trying to understand how humans perform such often perfect communication.