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Expert profile: Dr. Frédéric Beaugendre

[ ID = 1599 ] Dr. Frédéric Beaugendre 
Name Beaugendre, Dr. Frédéric
Job Title Project Manager 
Organisation Voice-Insight 
Address J. Wybranlaan 40 
Postal Code 1070 
City Bruxelles 
Country Belgium 
Phone + (+32 2 529 59 10)
Fax + (+32 2 529 59 83)
Mobile + (+32 486 40 85 97)
Email frederic.beaugendre_(on)_gmail.com [@ replaced for spam protection]
Organisation URL http://www.voice-insight.com 
Personal URL  
Membership ISCA  
LanguagesEnglish French
Specialism Background Noise Suppression
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Development and Implementation of Speech Technology
Language Learning
Multilingual Speech Recognition
Noise Reduction
Project Management
Prosody modelling
Prosody perception
Psychoacoustics
Robust Speech Recognition
Signal Analysis
Speaker Adaptation
Speech Perception
Speech Signal Processing
Speech Synthesis
Text-to-Speech
VoiceXML 
PhotographDescription or CV
WORK EXPERIENCE

2002-Now Senior Research and Development Engineer at 
 Dialoca, Belgium (http://www.dialoca.com), in 
 the “Automatic Speech Recognition” group. 
 Responsible of the front-end of a speech recognizer 
 dedicated to telephony applications. Design, 
 implementation, organisation and follow-up of all 
 research and development activities, team coordination.

1997-2001 Project Manager at Lernout & Hauspie Speech 
 Products, Belgium (http://www.lhsl.com), in 
 the “Corporate Research and Development” department:

 - 1997-1999: Responsible of the research and 
 development cycle of speech recognition products for 
 tonal languages (170 man/months over 3 years).
 - 2000: Development of a language learning system
 - 2000-2001: Responsible of the development of a 
 dialogue-based car navigation system (295 man/month 
 over 2 years).
 
 The common tasks were the definition of the projects, 
 planning of budget and resources, organisation and 
 follow-up of all research and development activities, 
 team coordination.

1995-96 Research associate at the Institute for Perception 
 Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in the Hearing and 
 Speech Group (Institute co-sponsored by Philips Research 
 and the Eindhoven University of Technology) 
 (http://www.ipo.tue.nl/ipo/index.html).

 Subject: “Automatic labelling of prosodic events”; field: 
 speech analysis and recognition (research supported by 
 the European program Human Capital and Mobility) (2 
 years).

1994 Engineer, responsible of the development of the 
 French synthesis part of a system able to deliver up-to- 
 date traffic information through the car radio in a 
 language selected by the user: the RDS-TMC project (Radio 
 Data System - Traffic Message Channel), for Philips Car 
 Systems (acquired by VDO: 
 http://www.vdodayton.com/products/navigation/h_index.htm) 
 (1 year).

1990-94 Development of a diphone Text-To-Speech 
 Synthesiser, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France.

1990-92 Design and development of the automatic generation 
 module of prosody for French in the multilingual text-to- 
 speech synthesis system developed within the framework of 
 the “POLYGLOT” European-ESPRIT 2104 project 
 (collaboration with Philips, Bull & Olivetti) (2.5 years)

EDUCATION

1990-94 Ph.D. from the University of Orsay, France ; 
 research undertaken at the LIMSI-CNRS in the “Spoken 
 Language Processing” group (http://www.limsi.fr). 

 Title: “A perceptual study of French intonation”; field: 
 speech synthesis; supervisor: Jean-Sylvain Liénard; 
 defended on the 4th October 1994 (passed with honours).

July 1989 F.I.U.P.S.O Engineering Degree in Electronics 
 and Signal Processing (Engineering School of the 
 University of Paris XI, Orsay, France) 
 (http://www.fiupso.u-psud.fr/).


List of Publications

Books :
- 1 Lacheret A., Beaugendre F. (1999) : "La Prosodie du Français", CNRS 
Langage, ISBN 2-271-05620-9 (http://www.cnrseditions.fr/).
- [2] Beaugendre F. (1994) : "Une étude perceptive de l'intonation du 
français", PhD Thesis, University of Paris XI, Orsay, France. 

Chapters in Books :
- [3] de Mareuil P., d'Alessandro C., Beaugendre F., Lacheret A. (2003) : 
"Text chuncking for prosodic phrasing and generation in French", Campbell N. 
(ed.), Forthcoming.
- [4] Mertens P., Beaugendre F. & d'Alessandro C. (1996) : "Comparing 
approaches to pitch contour stylisation for speech synthesis." In "Progress in 
Text-To-Speech Synthesis", van Santen J.P.H., Sproat R.W., Olive J.P. & 
Hirshberg J. (eds.), New-York, Springer-Verlag.
- [5] Beaugendre F. (1996) : "Modèles de l'intonation pour la 
synthèse de la parole", in "Fondements et perspectives en traitement 
automatique de la parole", Aupelf-Uref (ed.).

Papers in international journal :
- [6] de Mareuil P., d'Alessandro C., Beaugendre F., Lacheret A. (2001) : 
"Une grammaire en tronçons appliquée à la génération 
automatique de la prosodie", in Traitement Automatique des Langues, Vol. 42, 
n°1 (http://www.atala.org/tal/volumes/vol-421.html).
- [7] Beaugendre F., House D., Hermes D.J. (2001) : "Accentuation boundaries in 
Dutch, French and Swedish.", Speech Communication, Vol. 33, pp. 305-318.
- [8] Beaugendre F. & d'Alessandro C. : "A perceptual description of French 
intonation for speech synthesis.", Submitted to Computer, Speech and Language.

Papers in international conference :
- [9] Beaugendre F., Claes T., Van hamme H. (2000) : "Dialect Adaptation for 
Mandarin Chinese Speech Recognition", Proceedings of International Conference 
on Spoken Language Processing, 2000, Beijing. 
- 1 Xu H., Beaugendre F., Van hamme H. (1998) : "Adapting western language 
recognizer for Chinese recognition.", Proceedings of International Symposium on 
Chinese Spoken Language Processing 1998, Singapore.
- 1 House D., Hermes D. & Beaugendre F., (1998) : "Perceptual of Tonal Rises 
and Falls for Accentuation and Phrasing in Swedish", Proceedings of 
International Conference on Spoken Language Processing 1998, Sydney. 
- 1 House D., Hermes D. & Beaugendre F., (1998) : "Perceptual of Tonal Rises 
and Falls for Accentuation and Phrasing : Swedish Listeners Results.", 
Proceedings of Phonetic 1998, Stockholm University, pp. 146-149. 
- 1 Beaugendre F., House D. & Hermes D. (1997) : "Accentuation boundaries in 
Dutch, French and Swedish.", Proceedings of ESCA Tutorial and Research Workshop 
on Intonation, 18-20 sept., 1997, Athens, Greece, pp. 43-46. 
- 1 House D., Hermes D. & Beaugendre F., (1997) : "Temporal aligment of 
accentuation boundaries in Dutch.", Proceedings of ESCA Tutorial and Research 
Workshop on Intonation, 18-20 sept., 1997, Athens, Greece. 
- 1 House D., Hermes D. & Beaugendre F., (1997) : "Temporal-aligment categories 
of accentuation lending pitch movements.", Proceedings of European Conference 
on Speech Communication and Technology, 22-25 sept., 1997, Rhodos, Greece, 
pp.879-882. 
- 1 Beaugendre F. & Hermes D.J. (1996) : "De la relation entre le timing des 
mouvements mélodiques et l'accentuation.", Proceedings of 21èmes 
Journées d'étude sur la parole, 10-14 juin, 1996, Avignon, 
France, pp.183-186.
- 1 Beaugendre F. (1995) : "Generating French intonation at different speaking 
rates.", Proceedings of European Conference on Speech Communication and 
Technology, 18-21 sept., 1995, Madrid, Spain, vol.1, pp.603-606. 
- 1 d'Alessandro C., Mertens P. & Beaugendre F. (1994) : "Automatic 
stylisation of intonation: application to speech synthesis", Proceedings of 2nd 
ESCA/IEEE Workshop on synthesis, 12-15 sept., 1994, New Paltz, New York, USA, 
pp.155-158. 
- 1 Beaugendre F., Lacheret A. (1993) : "Automatic Generation of French 
intonation based on a perceptual study and morpho-syntactic information", 
Proceedings of European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology, 
21-23 sept., 1993, Berlin, Germany, vol.2, pp.1219-1222. 
- [20] Beaugendre F., d'Alessandro C., Lacheret A., Terken J. (1992) : "A 
perceptual study of French intonation", Proceedings of International Conference 
of Spoken Language Processing, 12-16 oct., 1992, Banff, Canada, pp.379-742.
- 1 Beaugendre F. (1992) : "Une étude perceptive de l'intonation du 
français", Proceedings of Séminaire Prosodie du GDR-PRC, 21-22 oct., 
1992, Aix-en-Provence, France, pp.25-31. 
- [22] Beaugendre F., d'Alessandro C., Lacheret A., Terken J. (1992) : "Un 
inventaire de mouvements mélodiques en Français". Proceedings of 
19èmes Journées d'étude sur la parole, 19-22 mai, 1992, 
Brussels, Belgium, pp.351-356.




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