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Expert profile: Sylvie Mozziconacci [ Dr. ]

[ ID = 0826 ] Sylvie Mozziconacci [ Dr. ] 
Name Mozziconacci, Dr. Sylvie
Job Title Project Manager Speech Technology 
Organisation Q-go 
Address Rustenburgerdwarsstr. 6 hs 
Postal Code 1074 JJ 
City Amsterdam 
Country Netherlands 
Phone + +31.20.379 25 25
Fax + +31.20.531 38 99
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Specialism Speechtechnology:
Acoustic Phonetics
Data Corpus Collection
Databases of Emotional Speech
Emotion in Speech
Intonation
Prosody
Prosody modelling
Prosody perception
Speech Perception
Speech Processing
Speech Production
Speech Technologies 
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CURRICULUM VITAE



   Name               Mozziconacci

   Surnames         Sylvie Jeannette Laure

   Address           Rustenburgerdwarsstr. 6hs

                           1074 JJ Amsterdam

                           The Netherlands

   Phone               + 31 - 20 - 379 25 25

   Email                Mozziconacci@hotmail.com



   PERSONAL INFORMATION


   Nationality        French

   Birth date         27th October 1961

   Birth place        Paris

   Languages        French, Dutch and English, in speaking and writing



   EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


   1979                French Baccalauréat, type D (Mathematics and
   Natural Sciences), France.


   1982                Diploma of speech and language therapist,
   University Paris VI, France.


   In the final stage of the study (training and report), a method for
   speech therapy of deaf children was developed. The focus of this
   approach was on real expression via spoken communication. In order to
   enhance speech development, this method exploits the inner sensation
   associated with the muscles' activation for memorising articulation of
   sounds. This allows for a reduced reliance on cognition in comparison
   with traditional approaches.


   1993                Masters in computational linguistics (Dutch
   diploma: Doctoraal Alfa-
                           Informatica), Specialisation: speech
   technology (Institute of Phonetic
                           Sciences), University of Amsterdam, the
   Netherlands.


   The following optional modules were chosen as to complement to the
   main program in computer linguistics and phonetics: speech perception,
   speech pathology, pedagogy and teaching, interaction and media,
   intelligent teaching systems, introduction to artificial intelligence,
   stochastic and connectionist linguistics, deafness and sign languages.


   The final training found place at IPO (former Institute for Perception
   Research). The master's thesis was concerned with the expression of
   emotion in speech. It leaded to the creation of my research assistant
   position at IPO.


   1998                Doctorate, IPO, Technical University Eindhoven,
   the Netherlands.


   The Ph.D. thesis `Speech variability and emotion: production and
   perception' is concerned with prosodic aspects of production and
   perception of emotion and attitude in speech. In this study,
   production and perception studies are considered to have complementary
   aspects. There is a quest for quantitative results, considered within
   a model. Additionally, the evolution of F0 in time is taken into
   consideration.


   Acoustical analyses of emotional speech were carried out. Speech
   manipulations by means of resynthesis were inspired by the results of
   the production studies. Perception experiments tested the perceptual
   relevance of observations resulting from analyses of emotional speech.
   Speech synthesis was used to validate results.



   PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


   1982                Speech and language therapist for deaf children
   (Centre départemental de
                           Canteleu, France).


   Total communication was used during the therapy.


   1983                Speech and language therapist for deaf children
   (Ecole intégrée de
                           Montaigu, France).


   In this innovative project, the ultimate aim was the integration of
   deaf children in a hearing environment. The method developed in the
   last phase of this study was used here.


   1983 - 1986     Teaching French, a. o. at translators and simultaneous
   translators, bi-
                           national children (private initiative in the
   Netherlands).


   Translators received private tuition. For the course organised for
   children in bi-national families going to a Dutch school, I obtained a
   grant from the association `Les Français de l'étranger'. The course
   provided for the parents a place to discuss issues concerning
   bilinguism.


   1986 - 1990     Speech and language therapy in French (private
   practice the Netherlands).


   A collaboration was established with the French schools of Amsterdam
   and the Hague. Most young clients came from these schools.


   1984 - 1998     Teaching French at the French Institute of Amsterdam,
   the Netherlands.


   The French Institute of Amsterdam stimulates the communication between
   France and the Netherlands. The courses French as a second language
   are provided for beginners as well as professionals of the French
   language (college teachers, translators), and can be specialised (I
   specialised in `spoken French', colleagues with for instance juridical
   use of French, or literature).


   1993 -1998      Research concerned with acoustic parameters conveying
   emotion in speech
                           IPO, Eindhoven, the Netherlands).


   This work resulted in the Ph.D. thesis `Speech variability and
   emotion: production and perception'.


   1995 -1996      For eight months, training at the department of speech
   language and music

                           at KTH (Swedish Polytechnical Highschool),
   Stockholm, Sweden.


   This training occurred in the framework of the research on emotion in
   speech. The work focussed on voice quality. Speech analyses were
   performed in the framework of the LF source-filter model
   (Liljencrants-Fant model).


   1999                Postdoc position at the University of Geneva


   Co-ordination of an interdisciplinary program about prosody. The aim
   of the program is to show the complementary character of the research
   of different departments and to organise a coherent collaboration
   between these departments with prosody as meeting point. Supervision
   of the prosody-related work of the Ph.D. students participating in the
   program. Organisation and teaching of a semester course (4 weekly
   hours) about prosody for the DES and the Ph.D. students. In
   collaboration with the Ph.D. students, propositions of individual
   Ph.D. projects fitting in the research program have been determined.




   2000 - 2001         Guest researcher at the Phonetics Laboratorium,
   Leiden University, the
   Netherlands.


   The work was concerned with the linguistic and paralinguistic
   functions of prosody.


   2001                 Research vacations on the CREST/JST project
   "Expressive Speech Processing"


   Participation in the CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and
   Technology) Research Program on the processing of expressive speech.
   The work was carried out at the Leiden University (Phonetics
   Laboratorium) in collaboration with ATR (Kyoto, Japan) and ICP
   (Grenoble, France). My investigation was concerned with the design of
   a large multi-language database of spontaneous expressive speech, with
   prosodic variations conveying emotion and attitude in speech.


   Presently          Project Manager Speech Technology at Q-go.


   Management of the new project concerning speech technology at Q-go:
   Customer communication Software Company. The goal of the Research &
   Development project is to speech enable the Q-go Question-Answering
   system and model the spoken Human-Machine Interaction.



   PUBLICATIONS


   Vroomen, J., Collier, R., and Mozziconacci, S. (1993). `Duration and
   intonation in emotional speech,' Proceedings Eurospeech'93, Berlin,
   Vol.1, 577-580.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (1994). `Pitch and duration variations conveying
   emotions in speech,' IPO Report No. 961. IPO, Eindhoven, The
   Netherlands.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (1995). `Pitch variations and emotions in
   speech,' Proceedings ICPhS 95, Stockholm, Sweden, Vol.1, 178-181.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. and Hermes, D.J. (1997). `A study of intonation
   patterns in speech expressing emotion and attitude: Production and
   perception,' IPO-Annual Progress Report 32, 154-160.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. and Hermes, D.J. (1998). `Pertinence perceptive
   des configurations intonatives en parole émotionnelle,' Proceedings
   JEP'98, Martigny,163-166.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (1998). `Speech variability and emotion:
   production and perception,' Ph.D. thesis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. and Hermes, D.J. (1999). `Role of intonation
   patterns in conveying emotion in speech,' Proceedings ICPhS 99, San
   Francisco, USA, 2001-2004.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. and Hermes D.J. (2000). "Variations temporelles
   communiquant l'émotion dans la parole," JEP'2000, Aussois, France,
   145-148.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (2000). `The expression of emotion considered in
   the framework of an intonation model,' Keynote paper for ITRW 2000
   "Speech and Emotion: A conceptual framework for research", Newcastle,
   Northern Ireland, 45-52.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L., and Hermes, D.J. (2000). `Expression of emotion
   and attitude through temporal speech variations, Proceedings ICSLP
   2000, Beijing, China, Vol. 2, 373-378.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (2000). "Contribution des variations temporelles
   à l'expression de l'émotion et l'attitude dans la parole". In Cognito,
   19, 31-40.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (2001). "Emotion and attitude conveyed in speech
   by means of prosody". For the 2^nd Workshop on Attitude, Personality
   and Emotions in User-Adapted Interaction, Sonthofen, Germany, July
   2001.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (accepted for publication). "Modeling emotion and
   attitude in speech by means of perceptually based parameter values",
   For the Special Issue: "User Modeling and Adaptation in Affective
   Computing" of the journal UMUAI: User Modeling and User-Adapted
   Interaction.

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L. (accepted for publication). "Methodological
   considerations concerning expressiveness through intonation". For the
   special issue on "Speech and Emotion" of the journal: "Speech
   communication".

   Mozziconacci, S.J.L, and Hermes, D.J. (in preparation). "Pitch and
   duration variations conveying emotion and attitude in speech:
   Production and perception."




   WORK PRESENTATIONS


   22.09.1993, Oral presentation in English, `Duration and intonation in
   emotional speech', Eurospeech' 93, Berlin, Germany.

   22.06.1994, Oral presentation in Dutch, `Expressie van emotie in
   spraak', Fonetiekdag, IPO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

   04.11.1994, Oral presentation in English, `Pitch and duration
   variations conveying emotions and attitudes in speech', Workshop on
   Speaking Styles, LIMSI, Orsay, France.

   21.06.1995, Oral presentation in Dutch, `Emotie in spraak',
   Fonetiekdag, IPO, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

   14.08.1995, Oral presentation in English, `Pitch variations and
   emotions in speech', ICPhS 95: XIIIth International Congress of
   Phonetic Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.

   07.11.1995, Oral presentation in English, `Emotions in speech',
   Colloquium of the Department "Speech Communication and Music
   Acoustics", KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.

   13.12.1995, Oral presentation in English, `Prosodic variations
   conveying emotions and attitudes in speech', Colloquium of the
   Linguistics Department, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

   17.01.1996, Oral presentation in English, `Paralinguistic aspects:
   emotions', VAESS-project Meeting, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.

   12.02.1998, Oral presentation in Dutch, `Pitch variations conveying
   emotions in speech', Speech and Language Colloquium, OTS, Utrecht, The
   Netherlands.

   26.05.1998, Oral presentation in Dutch, `Pitch variations conveying
   emotion and attitude in speech', Seminar of the Institute of Phonetic
   Sciences of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

   16.06.1998, Poster presentation in French, `Pertinence perceptive des
   configurations intonatives en parole émotionnelle', JEP-98: XIIèmes
   Journées d'Etudes sur la Parole', Martigny, Switzerland.

   06.08 1998, Oral presentation in English, `Prosodic variations in
   emotional speech', University of Geneva, Switzerland.

   20.11.1998, Oral presentation in English, `Speech variability and
   emotion: production and perception', Thesis defense, Technical
   University Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

   23.04.1999 Oral presentation in English, `Pitch variations and
   emotion: production and perception', University of Lausanne,
   Switzerland.

   07.05.1999, Oral presentation in French, `Prosodie: Point de rencontre
   de divers domaines', "Première journée d'étude sur la prosodie":
   Workshop of presentation of the pluridisciplinary project on prosody
   at the university of Geneva, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

   06.08.1999, Oral presentation in English, `Role of intonation patterns
   in conveying emotion in speech', ICPhS 99: XIVth International
   Congress of Phonetic Sciences, San Francisco, California, USA.

   22.11.1999 Oral presentation in French, `L'émotion dans la parole:
   production de variations de F0 et perception de variations en pitch',
   Colloquium of the Institute for Spoken Communication, Stendhal
   University, Grenoble, France.

   21.06.2000, Oral presentation in French, `Variations temporelles
   communiquant l'émotion dans la parole', JEP-2000: XIIIèmes Journées
   d'Etudes sur la Parole', Aussois, France.'

   06.09.2000, Keynote oral presentation in English, `The expression of
   emotion considered in the framework of an intonation model', ISCA
   Tutorial & Research Workshop "Speech and Emotion: A conceptual
   framework for research", Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

   18.10.2000, Oral presentation in English, `Expression of emotion and
   attitude through temporal speech variations,' ICSLP 2000: 6th
   International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Special
   Session on Prosody and Paralinguistic, Beijing, China.

   13.07.2001, Oral presentation in English, `Emotion and attitude
   conveyed in speech by means of prosody', 2^nd Workshop on Attitude,
   Personality and Emotions in User-Adapted Interaction (UM2001),
   Sonthofen, Germany.


   WORKSHOPS ORGANIZATION


   Organization of the "Première journée d'étude sur la prosodie",
   University of Geneva, Switzerland, May 7th 1999.


                                The aim of the day was to present the
   research program being developed at the University of Geneva, and to
   engage participants of the workshop in active discussions concerning
   prosody. In order to enlarge the debate, presentations were not
   restricted to overviews of interests and involvement of each group,
   but also included extensive presentations by two invited speakers.


   Co-organization of an ISCA-workshop: ITRW 2000, "Speech and Emotion: A
   Conceptual framework for research", Belfast, UK, 5th - 7th September
   2000.


                                This workshop was supported by ISCA
   (International Speech Communication Association). Its core aim was to
   promote the development of a research community with a degree of
   coherence and a shared awareness of core issues. Specific aims were to
   develop awareness of the theoretical frameworks available for
   analyzing emotion, to standardize the terms used to describe
   emotion-related phenomena in speech, to develop connections with
   cognate areas of research such as statistics, information technology,
   psychology, or biology, to facilitate exchange of tools, techniques,
   and data, and finally to facilitate cross-cultural comparisons.

   Accepted papers were published in the workshop proceedings. These were
   made available on line in advance of the workshop, and in paper form
   as well as on CD-ROM at the workshop.

   The website is situated at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/en/isca/index.html


   Co-organization of the 2^nd Workshop on Attitude, Personality and
   Emotions in User-Adapted Interaction, Sonthofen, Germany, July 2001.


   This workshop proposed considering various theories about personality
   and emotions, issued from different schools of thought, such as
   psychology, cognitive science, and sociology, and investigating how
   these theories influence adaptation in Human-Machine Interaction. The
   workshop aimed at stimulating an integration of ideas and results from
   different approaches and traditions of research through discussions
   among participants with various backgrounds, while keeping the `User
   Modeling and Adaptation' topic in focus.

   The website is situated at: http://aos2.uniba.it:8080/ws-um01.html


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