Patents by Inventor Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico

Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10453479
    Abstract: A system-effected method for synthesizing speech, or recognizing speech including a sequence of expressive speech utterances. The method can be computer-implemented and can include system-generating a speech signal embodying the sequence of expressive speech utterances. Other possible steps include: system-marking the speech signal with a pitch marker indicating a pitch change at or near a first zero amplitude crossing point of the speech signal following a glottal closure point, at a minimum, at a maximum or at another location; system marking the speech signal with at least one further pitch marker; system-aligning a sequence of prosodically marked text with the pitch-marked speech signal according to the pitch markers; and system outputting the aligned text or the aligned speech signal, respectively. Computerized systems, and stored programs for implementing method embodiments of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LESSAC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico, Brian Mottershead, Rattima Nitisaroj, Michael Baumgartner, John B. Reichenbach, Gary A. Marple
  • Patent number: 10453442
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically analyzing, predicting, and/or modifying acoustic units of prosodic human speech utterances for use in speech synthesis or speech recognition. Possible steps include: initiating analysis of acoustic wave data representing the human speech utterances, via the phase state of the acoustic wave data; using one or more phase state defined acoustic wave metrics as common elements for analyzing, and optionally modifying, pitch, amplitude, duration, and other measurable acoustic parameters of the acoustic wave data, at predetermined time intervals; analyzing acoustic wave data representing a selected acoustic unit to determine the phase state of the acoustic unit; and analyzing the acoustic wave data representing the selected acoustic unit to determine at least one acoustic parameter of the acoustic unit with reference to the determined phase state of the selected acoustic unit. Also included are systems for implementing the described and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: LESSAC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nishant Chandra, Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico, Rattima Nitisaroj, Brian Mottershead, Gary A. Marple, John B. Reichenbach
  • Publication number: 20170011733
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically analyzing, predicting, and/or modifying acoustic units of prosodic human speech utterances for use in speech synthesis or speech recognition. Possible steps include: initiating analysis of acoustic wave data representing the human speech utterances, via the phase state of the acoustic wave data; using one or more phase state defined acoustic wave metrics as common elements for analyzing, and optionally modifying, pitch, amplitude, duration, and other measurable acoustic parameters of the acoustic wave data, at predetermined time intervals; analyzing acoustic wave data representing a selected acoustic unit to determine the phase state of the acoustic unit; and analyzing the acoustic wave data representing the selected acoustic unit to determine at least one acoustic parameter of the acoustic unit with reference to the determined phase state of the selected acoustic unit. Also included are systems for implementing the described and related methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: Nishant CHANDRA, Reiner WILHELMS-TRICARICO, Rattima NITISAROJ, Brian MOTTERSHEAD, Gary A. MARPLE, John B. REICHENBACH
  • Publication number: 20130262096
    Abstract: A system-effected method for synthesizing speech, or recognizing speech including a sequence of expressive speech utterances. The method can be computer-implemented and can include system-generating a speech signal embodying the sequence of expressive speech utterances. Other possible steps include: system-marking the speech signal with a pitch marker indicating a pitch change at or near a first zero amplitude crossing point of the speech signal following a glottal closure point, at a minimum, at a maximum or at another location; system marking the speech signal with at least one further pitch marker; system-aligning a sequence of prosodically marked text with the pitch-marked speech signal according to the pitch markers; and system outputting the aligned text or the aligned speech signal, respectively. Computerized systems, and stored programs for implementing method embodiments of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: LESSAC TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reiner WILHELMS-TRICARICO, Brian MOTTERSHEAD, Rattima NITISAROJ, Michael BAUMGARTNER, John B. REICHENBACH, Gary A. MARPLE
  • Patent number: 8401849
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically analyzing, predicting, and/or modifying acoustic units of prosodic human speech utterances for use in speech synthesis or speech recognition. Possible steps include: initiating analysis of acoustic wave data representing the human speech utterances, via the phase state of the acoustic wave data; using one or more phase state defined acoustic wave metrics as common elements for analyzing, and optionally modifying, pitch, amplitude, duration, and other measurable acoustic parameters of the acoustic wave data, at predetermined time intervals; analyzing acoustic wave data representing a selected acoustic unit to determine the phase state of the acoustic unit; and analyzing the acoustic wave data representing the selected acoustic unit to determine at least one acoustic parameter of the acoustic unit with reference to the determined phase state of the selected acoustic unit. Also included are systems for implementing the described and related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lessac Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishant Chandra, Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico, Rattima Nitisaroj, Brian Mottershead, Gary A. Marple, John B. Reichenbach
  • Publication number: 20100161327
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for automatically analyzing, predicting, and/or modifying acoustic units of prosodic human speech utterances for use in speech synthesis or speech recognition. Possible steps include: initiating analysis of acoustic wave data representing the human speech utterances, via the phase state of the acoustic wave data; using one or more phase state defined acoustic wave metrics as common elements for analyzing, and optionally modifying, pitch, amplitude, duration, and other measurable acoustic parameters of the acoustic wave data, at predetermined time intervals; analyzing acoustic wave data representing a selected acoustic unit to determine the phase state of the acoustic unit; and analyzing the acoustic wave data representing the selected acoustic unit to determine at least one acoustic parameter of the acoustic unit with reference to the determined phase state of the selected acoustic unit. Also included are systems for implementing the described and related methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Nishant CHANDRA, Reiner Wilhelms-Tricarico, Rattima Nitisaroj, Brian Mottershead, Gary A. Marple, John B. Reichenbach