Blizzard challenge 2009
This Blizzard Challenge has finished
- Please do not try to register for this challenge - you are too late!
- The data are no longer available
- The remainder of this page is left as a record of the Challenge
Read these first
- Download the Final announcement and call for participation for the Blizzard Challenge 2009 in PDF format. [UPDATED 21 January 2009: correction to number of syllables in Chinese database]
- Read and agree to the Blizzard Challenge 2009 Rules before participating.
Data download and license agreements
- First, you must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Then, complete license agreements for the data, which can be found here:
- UK English database:
- the data license agreement can be completed online: http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/roger_blizzard2009/
- if you want labels for the data, then you also need to complete the Unisyn lexicon license: http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/projects/unisyn/
- Mandarin database (including labels):
- download and print the license agreement from http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/iFLYTEK_blizzard2009_license.pdf
- sign it, then email a scanned copy to email@example.com (if that is not possible, fax it to Simon King on +44 131 650 6626)
- UK English database:
- Data download: You will be sent a username and password to download the data. These are the same for all downloads, and will be activated for each download after you have returned the corresponding license agreement.
- UK English database: http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/english/roger
- UK English database optional labels: http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/english/roger_festival_utterances
- Mandarin database: http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/chinese
- Development tools:
- The source code for the telephone channel simulation tool is available from http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-G.191-200509-I/en and the exact pipeline of tools to run is specified in http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/development_data.zip Many thanks to Marcel Waeltermann of Deutsche Telekom and Sebastian Moeller of TU Berlin for their help with this.
- Development data for the ES3 spoke task are provided in http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/development_data.zip and some additional data are available from http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/additional_development_data_ES3
- Download the questionnaire, complete it, and return it by the deadline given in the Timeline. http://data.cstr.ed.ac.uk/blizzard2009/system_questionnaire.txt
There is a mailing list for discussion and announcements for the challenge:
Participants must join the list by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following line in the body of the message
Once you a member you will be able to mail messages to email@example.com
The timeline shown on this web page is the offical one and supercedes those shown in announcements - it is subject to change, but we will try to follow it as closely as possible. Note that we will not consider any requests from participants to change the synthetic speech submission date or the paper submission date!
Feb 2 2009 Databases released? Apr 6 2009 Test sentences released Apr 12 2009 Deadline for submitting synthesized speech Apr 20 2009 Evaluation system goes live Jun 15 2009 End of Evaluation Jun 19 2009 Deadline for returning the participant questionnaire Jun 26 2009 Results distributed to teams Jul 24 2009 Satellite workshop papers due Aug 14 2009 Notification of acceptance Sep 4 2009 Presentation of results at the satellite workshop in Edinburgh, UK Sep 6-10 2009 Interspeech 2009, UK.
Information on the workshop is now on a separate page: Blizzard Challenge 2009 Workshop
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions