Dr Febe de Wet
De Wet’s research interests lie in the development of speech and language resources and technology for South Africa’s 11 official languages.
De Wet joined the CSIR's human language technology research group in 2011. Her PhD research focused on robust automatic speech recognition (ASR) in adverse acoustic conditions. Subsequent to her PhD, De Wet conducted research on ASR-enhanced computer-assisted language learning and computer-assisted pronunciation training, mobile-assisted language learning, automatic accent identification in South African English, developing large vocabulary ASR systems for South African English and Afrikaans (transcribed speech corpora, pronunciation dictionaries, language modelling data, acoustic modelling), speech resource development for South Africa's indigenous languages, using text-to-speech (TTS) technology in applications for early literacy development, voice adaptation for child TTS and using audiobooks to create TTS voices in under-resourced languages.
Expertise: Human language technology
- BEng (Electric and Electronic Engineering), Stellenbosch University, 1993
- Postgraduate Diploma (Clinical Engineering), University of Cape Town, 1994
- MEng (Electric and Electronic Engineering), University of Pretoria, 1998
- PhD (Digital Signal Processing), Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2003
Dr Febe de Wetfdwet@csir.co.za