5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Plug and Play Software for Designing High-Level Speech Processing Systems

Thierry Dutoit (1), Juergen Schroeter (2)

(1) Faculte Polytechnique de Mons, Belgium
(2) AT&T Labs - Research, USA

Software engineering for research and development in the area of signal processing is by no means unimportant. For speech processing, in particular, it should be a priority: given the intrinsic complexity of text-to-speech or recognition systems, there is little hope to do state-of-the-art research without solid and extensible code. This paper describes a simple and efficient methodology for the design of maximally reusable and extensible software components for speech and signal processing. The resulting programming paradigm allows software components to be advantageously combined with each other in a way that recalls the concept of hardware plug-and-play, without the need for incorporating complex schedulers to control data flows. It has been successfully used for the design of a software library for high-level speech processing systems at AT&T Labs, as well as for several other large-scale software projects.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dutoit, Thierry / Schroeter, Juergen (1998): "Plug and play software for designing high-level speech processing systems", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0520.