World Champions at RoboCup

RoboCup 1st Place

UTS Unleashed! are the world champions in the @Home Social Standard Platform League at RoboCup 2019.

We programmed our Pepper robots to solve challenging problems in the home: working as a housekeeper, tour guide, party host and waiter.

Continue Reading (Published 8 July 2019)

Most Surprising Pronunciations

Grapheme-to-Phoneme (G2P) conversion is the process of translating written characters (e.g., "hello") into phonemes that indicate how to pronounce the word (e.g., HH AH L OW or HH EH L OW).

English has so many quirks that state-of-the-art performance has error rates as high as 20%–30%. See, for example, CMU Sphinx's g2p-seq2seq. I'm currently working on a small and embeddable G2P system.

An interesting application of G2P is finding words that have surprising pronunciations.

Just for fun, below is a list of the 250 words that my G2P system found most surprising.

Continue Reading (Published 15 May 2019)

Published 1 January 2019 by Benjamin Johnston.