Mauro Nicolao


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Using phone features to improve dialogue state tracking generalisation to unseen states
Iñigo Casanueva | Thomas Hain | Mauro Nicolao | Phil Green
Proceedings of the 17th Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue

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A Framework for Collecting Realistic Recordings of Dysarthric Speech - the homeService Corpus
Mauro Nicolao | Heidi Christensen | Stuart Cunningham | Phil Green | Thomas Hain
Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'16)

This paper introduces a new British English speech database, named the homeService corpus, which has been gathered as part of the homeService project. This project aims to help users with speech and motor disabilities to operate their home appliances using voice commands. The audio recorded during such interactions consists of realistic data of speakers with severe dysarthria. The majority of the homeService corpus is recorded in real home environments where voice control is often the normal means by which users interact with their devices. The collection of the corpus is motivated by the shortage of realistic dysarthric speech corpora available to the scientific community. Along with the details on how the data is organised and how it can be accessed, a brief description of the framework used to make the recordings is provided. Finally, the performance of the homeService automatic recogniser for dysarthric speech trained with single-speaker data from the corpus is provided as an initial baseline. Access to the homeService corpus is provided through the dedicated web page at This will also have the most updated description of the data. At the time of writing the collection process is still ongoing.