Hideki Kawahara, Emeritus Professor, Wakayama University
I am a tool builder hoping to make useful tools to promote understanding of human speech communication and to encourage collaboration between researchers and developers.
I would appreciate your suggestions for me to produce further interesting tools.
- YANGvocoder A new VOCODER framework developed
while I was a visiting research scientist of Google UK, is now open-source on GitHub. (11/Jan./2017)
- Presented my last APSIPA DL talk at
Tianjin University, China(8/Dec./2016) (PDF slides)
- Presentation on SparkNG and new F0 extractor at Academia Sinica Taipei, Taiwan.
(Link to PDF: edited version for public access) (23/Aug./2016)
SparkNG Will be presented in Show and Tell corner of Interspeech 2016. (8-12/Sept./2016)
- A new F0 extractor will be presented at ISCA workshop SSW9 as a part of my work in Google. Draft is available from
- Augst 2015 - June 2016: Visiting research scientist at Google in London, UK
- Presented my APSIPA DL takl at University College London UK
- Presented my APSIPA DL talk at
Edinburgh University, UK(29/Jan./2016) (PDF slides)
- Presented my APSIPA DL talk at
Academia Sinica, Taiwan(22/Dec./2015) (PDF slides)
- Anti-aliased L-F model and its application were presented
at APSIPA 2015, in Hong Kong.
(19/Dec./2015) (PDF slides)
- Presented my APSIPA DL talk
at University of Sheffield(2/Dec./2015)
(PDF slides) photo
- Presented a talk at CCRMA on STRAIGHT as a part of my
APSIPA DL talks. (PDF slide)(20/Nov./2015) photo
- An interactive tool to investigate relations between vocal tract transfer function,
pole frequencies and bandwidths, shape, LSF (LSP), and synthesized sounds is added to
Matlab realtime speech tools. Stand alone applications for Mac and Windows,
which do not require Matlab installation are also available (15/May/2015)
Matlab realtime speech tools are introduced in the Issue 9 of
APSIPA Newsletter (20/April/2015).
Please read the article (pp.5-10) for details.
- Final Lecture at Wakayama University is scheduled on 15:00-17:00, 20th March, 2015.
- Appointed as one of 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturers of
APSIPA (Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association)
- Tutorial on STRAIGHT was presented at APSIPA 2014. (December 12-19, 2014)
PDF version of the presentation is here. (221 slides, 36MB)
- Hideki Kawahara:
Temporally Variable Multi attribute Morphing of Arbitrarily Many Voices for Exploratory Research of Speech Prosody,
in Speech Prosody in Speech Synthesis: Modeling and generation of prosody for high quality and flexible speech synthesis,
(eds. Keikichi Hirose and Jianhua Tao),
Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp.109-120, 2015.
This is a good introduction to a powerful extended morphing.
- Hideki Kawahara, Masanori Morise, Ryuichi Nisimura and Toshio Irino:
HIGHER ORDER WAVEFORM SYMMETRY MEASURE AND ITS APPLICATION TO PERIODICITY DETECTORS FOR SPEECH AND SINGING WITH FINE TEMPORAL RESOLUTION,
ICASSP2013, Vancouver Canada, 26-31 May, 2013. (Accepted) (30/May/2013).
- Hideki Kawahara, Masanori Morise, Ryuichi Nisimura and Toshio Irino:
An interference-free representation of group delay
for periodic signals,
Proc. APSIPA, 3-6 December, OS.17-SLA 8, 2012 Calfornia, USA. (4/Dec./2012)
- Hideki Kawahara, Masanori Morise, Ryuichi Nisimura, Toshio Irino:
Deviation measure of waveform symmetry and its
application to high-speed and temporally-fine F0
extraction for vocal sound texture manipulation,
Interspeech2012, 2012. (10/Sept./2012)
- Hideki Kawahara and Masanori Morise,
Technical foundations of TANDEM-STRAIGHT, a speech analysis, modification and synthesis framework,
SADHANA - Academy Proceedings in Engineering Sciences, Vol.36, Part 5, pp.713-722, 2011.
- Hideki Kawahara, Toshio Irino and Masanori Morise,
An interference-free representation of instantaneous frequency of periodic signals and its application to F0 extraction,
Proc. ICASSP 2011, May 2011. (doi:10.1109/ICASSP.2011.5947584 )
- Laetitia Bruckert, Patricia Bestelmeyer, Marianne Latinus, Julien Rouger, Ian Charest, Guillaume A. Rousselet, Hideki Kawahara, Pascal Belin, Vocal Attractiveness Increases by Averaging, Current Biology, Volume 20, Issue 2, 116-120, 26 (January 2010)
- Romi Zäske, Stefan R. Schweinberger, Jürgen M. Kaufmann, Hideki Kawahara:
In the ear of the beholder: neural correlates of adaptation to voice gender,
European Journal of Neuro Science, Vol.30, No.3, pp.527-534 (August 2009)
- Osamu Fujimura, Kiyoshi Honda, Hideki Kawahara, Yasuyuki Konparu, Masanori Morise and J.C. Williams, Noh Voice Quality, J. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology,34(4), 157-170 (04 June 2009)
- H. Kawaahra, R. Nisimura, T. Irino, M. Morise, T. Takahashi, B. Banno, Temporally variable multi-aspect auditory morphing enabling extrapolation without objective and perceptual breakdown, Proc. ICASSP, Taipei, Taiwan, 19-24 (2009).
- Stefan R. Schweinberger, Christoph Casper, Nadine Hauthal, Juergen M. Kaufmann, Hideki Kawahara, Nadine Kloth, David M.C. Robertson, Adrian P. Simpson and Romi Zaeske,
Auditory Adaptation in Voice Perception, Current Biology 18, 684-688, May 6, (2008).
- Hideki Kawahara, Masanori Morise, Toru Takahashi, Ryuichi Nisimura, Toshio Irino, Hideki Banno, A TEMPORALLY STABLE POWER SPECTRAL REPRESENTATION FOR PERIODIC SIGNALS AND APPLICATIONS TO INTERFERENCE-FREE SPECTRUM, F0, AND APERIODICITY ESTIMATION, Proc. ICASSP 2008, Las Vegas,pp.3933-3936(2008)
- Hideki Banno, Hiroaki Hata, Masanori Morise, Toru Takahashi, Toshio Irino and Hideki Kawahara,
"Implementatioin of realtime STRAIGHT speech manipulation system: Report on its first implementation,"
Acoustic Science and Technology, Vol.28, pp.140-146 (2007)
- Hideki Kawahara: STRAIGHT, Exploration of the other aspect of VOCODER:
Perceptually isomorphic decomposition of speech sounds,
Acoustic Science and Technology, Vol.27, No.6, pp.349-353 (2006).[invited]
- Toshio Irino, Roy D. Patterson, and Hideki Kawahara, "Speech
segregation using an auditory vocoder with event-synchronous
enhancements," IEEE Trans. Speech and Audio Process.,
Vol.27, Issue 6, pp.2212-2221 (2006).
- Hideki Kawahara, Alain de Cheveigne, Hideki Banno, Toru Takahashi and Toshio Irino,
Nearly Defect-free F0 Trajectory Extraction for Expressive Speech Modifications based on STRAIGHT,
Proc. Interspeech2005, Lisboa, pp.537-540, Sept. 2005.
- David R. R. Smith, Roy D. Patterson, Richard Turner, Hideki Kawahara and Toshio Irino,
The processing and perception of size information in speech sounds,
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117(1), pp.305-318, Jan.2005.
- Hideki Kawahara, Hideki Banno, Toshio Irino and Parham Zolfaghari,
ALGORITHM AMALGAM: Morphing waveform based methods, sinusoidal models and STRAIGHT,
Proc. ICASSP'2004, Montreal Canada, vol.1, pp.13-16, 2004
- Hideki Kawahara and Hisami Matsui,
Auditory morphing based on an elastic perceptual distance metric in an interference-free
ICASSP'2003, pp.256-259 (2003).
- Alain de Cheveigné,Hideki Kawahra,
YIN, "a fundamental frequency estimator for speech and music",
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol.111, No.4, pp.1917-1930 (2002)
- H. Kawahara, Jo Estill and O. Fujimura: Aperiodicity extraction
and control using mixed mode excitation and group delay manipulation
for a high quality speech analysis, modification and synthesis
system STRAIGHT, MAVEBA 2001, Sept.13-15, Firentze Italy, 2001.
- Hideki Kawahara, Yoshinori Atake and Parham Zolfaghari: Accurate
vocal event detection method based on a fixed-point to weighted
average group delay, ICSLP-2000, Beijing, pp.664-667 2000.
- Hideki Kawahara, Haruhiro Katayose, Alain de Cheveigne, Roy
D. Patterson: Fixed Point Analysis of Frequency to Instantaneous
Frequency Mapping for Accurate Estimation of F0 and Periodicity
, Proc. EUROSPEECH'99, Volume 6, Page 2781-2784 (1999).
- Hideki Kawahara, Ikuyo Masuda-Katsuse and Alain de Cheveigne:
Restructuring speech representations using a pitch-adaptive time-frequency
smoothing and an instantaneous-frequency-based F0 extraction:
Possible role of a reptitive structure in sounds, Speech Communication,
27, pp.187-207 (1999). [1998-1999 EURASIP best paper award]
- Alain de Cheveigne,Hideki Kawahara,"Missing-data Model of Vowel Identification" J.Acoust.Soc.Am., Vol.105, pp.3497-3508, 1999.
- Hideki Kawahara, Alain de Cheveigne and Roy D. Patterson:
An instantaneous-frequency-based pitch extraction method for
high-quality speech transformation: revised TEMPO in the STRAIGHT-suite,
Proc. 5th Int. Conf. on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP '98),
- Hiroko Kato and Hideki Kawahara: ``An Application of the
Bayesian Time Series Model and Statistical System Analysis for
F0 Control'', Speech Communication, (1998)
- Hideki Banno, J. Ju, Satoshi Nakamura, Kiyohiro Shikano and
Hideki Kawahara: ``Efficient Representation of Short-time Phase
Based on Group Delay'', ICASSP'98, SP26.6, Seattle, (1998.5).
- Alain DE Cheveigne (CNRS), Hideki Kawahara, Minoru Tsuzaki,
and Kiyoaki Aikawa: ''Concurrent Vowel Identification I: Effects
of relative Level and F0 Differences,'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am.,
Vol.101, pp.2839-2847 (1997.5)
- Hideki Kawahara: ''Speech Representation and Transformation
using Adaptive Interpolation of Weighted Spectrum: VOCODER Revisited,''
Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
(ICASSP '97), vol.2, pp.1303-1306 (1997.4)
- My presentation of Seminar Series of the DFG Research Unit Person Perception, titled
"Making speech tangible" (PDF) is linked. (November 13, 2014)
- Matlab source codes, presentation and a demonstration movie of "Temporally static group delay representation" are
link to the supplemental page to Interspeech2014) (17/Sept./2014)
- Presented "Temporally variable multi-aspect N-way morphing" at APSIPA 2013 ASC. (31/October/2013)
(My presentation at APSIPA 2013 (pdf))
- Presented a new F0 extractor (again!) and important "Take home message" at ICASSP2013. Please
check my presentation at ICASSP2013. (30/May/2013)
- Presented an invited talk
at PPRU-Workshop VII,
Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany (2013.4.26)
- Presentation at Interspeech 2012. (10/Sept./2012)
- Presented an invited talk at
LISTA workshop 2012 Edinburgh, 2-3 May 2012 .
- Organized a special session
(SS-L9: Advances in singing-voice synthesis, transformation, and application) in
ICASSP2012 (25-30 March 2012, Kyoto)
(My ICASSP presentation is now available: 6/April/2012)
- Invited talk on Signal processing challenge for singing vice texture was presented at the SIGMUS94
special event on Singing information processing
(USTREAM video: in Japanese) using
( interactive iBook: in Japanese ) (3/Feb./2012)
- A new instantaneous frequency calculation method was presented at ICASSP2011 (
Demo movies and
Movie visualizations on how TANDEM-STRAIGHT works
are accessible now. Detailed descriptions on them were presented as a tutorial session in
- An introduction and operation manual for TANDEM-STRAIGHT with GUI is
[accessible online through APSIPA proceedings page](Oct, 2009)
- An extended framework of morphing is formulated and presented at ICASSP2009.
[presentation slides (pdf)](April, 2009)
It is shown for the first time that adaptation to nonlinguistic information in voices
elicits systematic auditory aftereffects.
(Current Biology 18, 684-688, May 6, 2008)
DOI link to the article
- A completely new reformulation of STRAIGHT (TANDEM-STRAIGHT) was presented at ICASSP2008.
[presentation slides (pdf)](April, 2008)
- Invited talk on "STRAIGHT as a research tool for L2 study:
How to manipulate segmental and supra-segmental features" (organized by
Jared C. Bernstein and Reiko Akahane-Yamada)
at Fourth Joint Meeting of ASA and ASJ (Decemter 2006).
[presentation slides (pdf)]
[morphed synthetic R/L continuum (wmv)]
[morphed natural R/L continuum (wmv)]
- Lay language paper
on "Voice quality of artistic expression in Noh:
An analysis-synthesis study on source-related parameters"
was presented at Fourth Joint Meeting of ASA and ASJ (Decemter 2006).
- Auditory morphing demonstrations on emotional speech. (Flash movie)
This demonstration was on display at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation Tokyo
from 23 April to 15 August 2006. The title of the special event was
"Love stories - Why you are not alone.".
The interface was designed by Takashi Yamaguchi and
auditory morphing sounds were synthesized by Hideki Kawahara using
STRAIGHT-based morphing algorithm.
- STRAIGHT: A very high-quality speech manipulation system
(Publicly accessible STRAIGHT trial version)
(The latest version of STRAIGHT (STRAIGHTV40) is available to the registered users.)(20 Sept. 2005)
- STRAIGHT based TTS (Text To Speech) system won the first place in the Blizzard challange and reported at
INTERSPEECH2005. (Sept. 2005).
- "Temporal media design project" supported by CREST (Aka CrestMuse project)
(2005 to 2010: PI is Prof. Katayose and I will take part) uses STRAIGHT as one of key components. (Sept. 2005).
- Invited talk on "Manipulating the pulse rate and resonance scale in speech and animal calls",
at the special session "Size information in speech and animal calls" (organized by
at the 149th ASA meeting in Vancouver, Canada. (May 2005).
A STRAIGHT-generated chorus won the first place in blindfold listening test of synthetic vocal systems conducted
by RENCON'04, (June 2004).
: Wakayama workshop on Auditory and Vocal rEsearch (April 2004)
- e-Society project (primary investigator of a subgroup on flexible speech synthesis software)
- "Auditory brain project" by CREST (primary investigator,1997-2002)
(CMAP-CREST workshop 2002)
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