SCAMP - Speech Creation for Automated Multilingual media Production

Status: closed
Create spoken content anywhere, at any time, without access to specialist facilities such as TV and Radio studios or even microphones
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“SCAMP” was an EU proposal to create new speech synthesis tools and capabilities - “Speech Creation for Automated Multilingual media Production”.

The proposal was led by University of Edinburgh, in a consortium with BBC News Labs, Deutsche Welle, The University of Uyo, and The University of Helsinki.

Exec Summary

The driver behind the SCAMP concept is an unmet need within many organisations to change how they create spoken content: rather than large teams of specialists (re- searchers, journalists, editors, producers, presenters, picture editors, sound engineers,. . . ), content must now be created and delivered by multi-skilled individuals using nothing more than a laptop with an internet connection. SCAMP will enable this new way of creating spoken content. Content creators will be able to work anywhere, at any time, without access to specialist facilities such as TV and Radio studios or even microphones.

SCAMP will build and deploy the technology needed for this new way of creating dynamic content, across a wide range of languages, for an array of Use Cases, in a variety of industries. Our starting point is an immediate and urgent need within multi-lingual news organisations – represented in SCAMP by the British Broadcasting Corporation and Deutsche Welle – to provide accurate and up-to-date news across many languages, whilst operating under strict resource constraints and severe time pressure.

Status

The proposal was declined by Horizon 2020. The News Labs team hope to work with the collaboration partners to seek funding elsewhere.

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Next Priorities

  1. Re-group with partners and pursue other funding opportunities.