Topics for internship, lab rotation, thesis research, etc.

In [the projects of] our research (PI) group there are several possibilities for internship and BA – MA thesis research. If you are interested, have questions, etc., contact me, e.g. send an e-mail to Helmer – ‘w.strik -at- let.ru.nl’, and then we can provide more information about current possibilities.
You can assist in our research, experiments, or set up your own experiments. In general, we try to finalize the research plans together with you (the student), taking into account your background, expertise, interests, etc., since we believe that this is advantageous for you and for us.

List of current options (for more information – see the linked web-pages):

  • AASPAA: Automatic Alignment & Segmentation -Plus- Automatic Analysis
    We carry out a large amount of research on atypical speech: pathological [COPD, dysarthric, ...], non-native [idiomatic expressions read by non-natives, ...], elderly, children, etc. [see e.g. the projects mentioned below]. Within the AASPAA project we are comparing atypical speech with ‘typical speech’: adult, native, non-pathological. We have developed a procedure with software [scripts] to do this automatically. You can be involved in this research, or the research of the specific projects mentioned below [see the webpages of these projects].
  • ST.CART: Speech Technology for virtual Care Assistant & Reading Tutor. In this project, we will be developing high end speech technology in support of two innovative products: the Digi Juf (‘Digi Teacher’) created by 8D Games that allows children with a language deficiency to learn how to read in a fun way, and Anne4Care, the virtual care-assistant for the elderly created by Virtask, that uses the new speech technology to diagnose cognitive decline, in order to alert caretakers to changing care needs in an early stage.
  • DART: Dutch ASR-based Reading Tutor. In this project, we investigate how reading software with ASR can best be developed and implemented in the school practice and at home.
  • BLISS: Behaviour-based Language-Interactive Speaking Systems. The final goal is an intelligent, personalized Dutch spoken dialogue system (SDS) that communicates with elderly people in an accessible manner to facilitate their self/joint-management of health and wellbeing.
  • TAPAS: Training network on Automatic Processing of PAthological Speech. The focus is on SI: Speech Intelligibility; the relation of SI with acoustic-phonetic features; and a good procedure to obtain SI scores.
  • COPD – Spraakverandering als vroege marker longaanval. The goal is to automatically detect in the speech of COPD patients whether the risk of a lung attack [exacerbation] is increasing.
  • ISLA: Idiomatic Second Language Acquisition. This project is about investigating the acquisition, comprehension, and production of formulaic expressions (FEs), e.g. idioms, by L2 learners undergoing specific teaching and training to learn FEs in the L2.
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