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Message from a current student

WANG, Xin

WANG, Xing

2015 Completed Master's Course at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
2015 Enrolled in the three-year Ph.D. course, main supervisor: Assoc. Prof. YAMAGISHI, Junichi

My research topic is on text-to-speech synthesis, a technology that enables the machine to read aloud in human-like voices. One approach of text-to-speech is to use various machine learning methods to figure out the mapping from the text to speech. Although the synthesized speech from this approach is natural sounding, its quality is still imperfect. Possible reasons may be the various inappropriate assumptions researchers made on the statistical models. My work is to find better statistical models and revise those assumptions. With the improved model and thus synthetic speech, I hope that text-to-speech technology can better serve the society, particularly during the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Message from an alumnus

SUZUKI, Takahisa

SUZUKI, Takahisa

2010-2015 Five-year Ph.D. course, Department of Informatics, SOKENDAI
2015-2016 Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2016-2017 Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Comprehensive Policy Development, Tsuda College
2017-present Associate Lecturer, College of Policy Studies, Tsuda University

I first heard SOKENDAI when I planned my academic path after master's program. At that time, I studied the data mining targeting web data, and the visualization of network data. While engaging those studies, my interest had been shifting to that how these technologies effect on human behaviors and societies. Then I had been looking for the laboratory where I could study with these themes. As a result, I found out Kobayashi Lab at Department of Informatics, SOKENDAI.

At SOKENDAI I studied the conditions that human reputation extend the networks about cooperative exchanges. The possibility to maintain cooperative exchanges by reputation had been indicated by the many disciplines such as biology, sociology, economy, psychology. Recently, these mechanisms have been implemented on the online auction systems. However, there was not enough verification about these efficiencies. In this problem, because it was significant to take account of psychological aspects and behavioral aspects, the approach used by multiple methods was needed. For that reason, Department of Informatics SOKENDAI, which covers not only information engineering as well as humanities and social sciences, is suitable for me.

The followings are the unique features of SOKENDAI. Because there are many professors comparing students, they could minutely discuss about their works and there are a lot of opportunity for students to participate in professor's works. This is an advantage to acquire research skills and knowledges.

Nothing to say that there were antiquarian bookshops and various kind of restaurants,

Jimbocho was good location. Not only there were various kind of antiquarian bookshops and restaurants, Jimbocho gave us easy access to any places in Tokyo. Thanks to that, many SOKENDAI students attended lectures at another departments and universities. I often used the library at Meiji University which was available SOKENDAI students and was also in Jimbocho.

Moreover, we could receive economic supports from both of SOKENDAI and NII. I joined in the summer program at University of Michigan in US for one month with the help of SOKENDAI Short-Stay Study Abroad Program. We could get the salary from the Research Assistant (RA), so the burden of living expenses would be lightened. Because SOKENDAI and NII founded the research awards respectively, there were the great opportunities to apply.

These are unique advantages of SOKENDAI, which enable students to focus on one's studies.

SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)School of Multidisciplinary Sciences,Department of Informatics

国立大学法人 総合研究大学院大学 大学共同利用機関法人 情報・システム研究機構 国立情報学研究所 / National Institute of Informatics