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Speech Interaction



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SS 2018 - WS 2018/19

Fakultät IV

TEL 18

Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik

34355300 FG S-Professur Quality and Usability

Möller, Sebastian

Jettkowski, Tobias

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
70180 30023 Speech Interaction

Learning Outcomes

Students gain - Understanding of the most important principels of acoustical human-computer interaction. - Basic knowledge of the production, transmission and perception of speech signals. - Basic knowledge of the transmission and coding of speech and audio signals - Basic knowledge of speech-technological systems (speech recognition, speech synthesis, spoken dialogue systems) - Basic knowledge of communication-acoustical phenomena and systems - Knowledge about the technical realisation of acoustical human-computer interfaces - Presentation and knowledge transfer skills Students will be able to - use the learned knowledge for designing exemplary acoustical human-computer interfaces


= IV Speech Communication Speech signals and phones; Human speech production; Speech signal analysis; Auditory perception; Speech signal transmission and coding; Speech and speaker recognition; Speech synthesis; Spoken dialogue systems; Multimodal dialogue systems == VL+UE Communication Acoustics Communcation acoustics consists of all areas of acoustic that deal with the communication between systems, humans or communication between a systems and humans. These are for example: auditory and speech acoustics, electroacoustics, audio technolgy, the simulation of acoustic environments, as well as all signal processing approaches that are used within these areas. Depending on the focus area of communication acoustics the lectures are part of different faculties, e.g., electrical engineering, physics and computer sience. The MOOC brings together leading scientists in the area of acoustics to create an overview on this versatile topic.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Communication Acoustics VL WS No information 2
Speech Communication IV No information 4
Communication Acoustics UE WS No information 2

Workload and Credit Points

Communication Acoustics (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)

Speech Communication (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 8.0h 120.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)

Communication Acoustics (UE):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 360.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 12 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

Lecture part: Lecture with practical presentations. Exercise part: Practical and theoretical exercises. Seminar part: Literature worked and written elaborations under guidance; Talks and discussions in the plenum

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Basic knowledge of communications engineering and digital signal processing.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
(Ergebnisprüfung) IV Sprachkommunikation: 2 Hausaufgaben à 10 Punkte 20 written 6 Programmieraufgaben als Zweiergruppe
(Lernprozessevaluation) IV Sprachkommunikation: Demonstration eines Sprachdialogsystems 8 oral 10-15 min als Gruppe
(Punktuelle Leistungsabfrage) Sprachkommunikation: 2 Schriftliche Tests je 40 min à 24 Punkte zu vermittelten Themen der ersten und letzten Hälfte des Semesters 48 written 80 min
(Punktuelle Leistungsabfrage) VL+UE Communication Accoustics: Klausur 24 written 120 min

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

== Sprachkommunikation Schriftliche Tests: Es werden zwei schriftliche Leistungsstandüberprüfungen durchgeführt (je 40min). Die erste Überprüfung wird etwa den Lernstand zur Hälfte des Semester abfragen und die zweite den Lernstand am Ende des Semesters. Hausaufgaben: Es wird die Fähigkeit überprüft erlerntes Wissen anhand von konkreten Programmieraufgaben anzuwenden. Diese werden zweimalig im Semester als einzureichende Hausaufgabe abgefragt. Demonstration eines Sprachdialogsystems: Zum Ende des Kurses wird ein Projekt durchgeführt, welches die Studierenden selbstständig erarbeiten und präsentieren == Communication Acoustics Eine schriftliche Klausur am Ende der Veranstaltung.

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 60.

Registration Procedures

Registration for the exam through QISPOS or the examination office.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  available

Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  available


Recommended literature
[1] Vary, P., Heute, U., Hess, W. (1998). Digitale Sprachsignalverarbeitung. Stuttgart: Teubner.
[2] O’Shaughnessy, Douglas (2000). Speech Communications. Human and Machine. New York: IEEE Press.
[3] Furui, Sadaoki (2001). Digital Speech Processing, Synthesis, and Recognition. New York: Marcel Dekker.
[4] Blauert, Jens, Hrsg. (2005). Communication Acoustics. Berlin: Springer.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):


Language of the modul is German, except "Communication Acoustics" in English. The topics of the module can serve as a foundation of a bachelor or master thesis in the area.