Regarding google summer of code 2015

Abhilash Mhaisne abhilashmhaisne at
Tue Feb 17 12:59:41 UTC 2015

Oh my! Thank you Mr. Nico! :) I will pick up a smaller project for google
summer of code. However, I am too much obsessed with voice recognition
systems. But now I understand that it is not a small issue. Someday, I will
surely work on speech synthesis. As you mentioned above, it is certainly
not doable in small span of SoC. Thanks once again! :)

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 6:01 PM, Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel at> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 5:49 AM, Abhilash Mhaisne
> <abhilashmhaisne at> wrote:
> > Sir / Madam,
> >                    I am an engineering student, and gsoc aspirant. I
> want to
> > develop a easy-to-use voice recognition system, which would be capable of
> > judging even minor changes in accents, for fedora systems.
> And I'd like a pony, with pretty wings that can fly to Jupiter and
> makes cookies.
> More seriously, voice recognition is one of the great challenges of
> the last 50 years of speech analysis, approached by large and small
> companies and research labs around the world. "Judging even minor
> changes in accents" is a nightmare in real work: every commercially
> available computer microphone system for the last few decades has made
> the same basic mistake for collecting speech. They completely screw up
> "plosives", sounds like "b" and "p" that have a lot of high frequency
> information that gets completely munged by the digitization and
> undersampling. And do not get me *started* on the ongoing fallacy that
> "if we just collect more speech samples, we'll somehow be able to
> analyze them". I'm aware of companies with software patents spending
> many millions of investment money in the work, and they're still
> getting their ass handed to them in the marketplace by smaller, local
> apps that handle basic speech locally and *don't try to get fancy*.
> And in case it's not clear: I did artificial hearing research for a
> dozen years, designing electronics for cochlear implants. Every modern
> microphone=>speech analysis system screws up the plosives, for a stack
> of reasons we could discuss elsewhere.
> >                    I wish to implement this system in python, making use
> of
> > the open source CMU Sphinx system. I would love to do this under a mentor
> > for gsoc 2015.
> >
> > Regards!
> >
> > Abhilash Mhaisne
> See above. "voice recognition" and accent immunity is not a "python"
> sort of problem, it's a massive ongoing computer and speech research
> issue. Pick something *smaller*.
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