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Developing a culturally-congruent speech emotion recognition framework for te reo Māori


   Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering

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About the Project

We are seeking applications for a PhD position on the topic of developing a culturally-congruent speech emotion recognition framework for te reo Māori. The aim of the project is to develop the first speech emotion recognition framework for te reo Māori. This study will be the first of its kind looking into emotions in te reo Māori speech, paving way to emotional speech studies in Māori and potentially other Pacific languages. The project involves:

  1. Identifying the common social emotions in te reo Māori.
  2. Collecting emotional speech data in te reo Māori.
  3. Acoustic analysis of the emotional speech data.
  4. Develop a speech emotion recognition system for te reo Māori.

The project will have special emphasis on adhering to Māori data sovereignty, with the wider aim to develop a framework that will be beneficial for future research in this space.

A suitable candidate should have:

  • Knowledge of te reo Māori/ Knowledge and appreciation of languages
  • An Electrical/Computer Systems/Software/Biomedical/Mechanical (or related) Engineering or Computer Science Bachelors/Masters Degree, or related.
  • Good coding skills
  • Strong interest in te reo Māori, speech technology and signal processing
  • Enthusiasm to learn, explore, research and contribute to the society via co-developing technology with the society.

This is a kaupapa Māori (Māori principles) project, jointly funded by SfTI (Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge) and Te Hiku Media, New Zealand and the student will be hosted at the University of Auckland.


Funding Notes

Funding bodies:SfTI (Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge) and Te Hiku Media
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