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D.A. Balan (Dragos)

Researcher

About Me

I am working in collaboration with Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld & Geluid (National Institute for Sound & Vision) on the Oral History - Stories at the Museum around Artworks (OH-SMArt) project. OH-SMArt is a long term initiative to significantly improve the digital research chain around using Oral History and spoken narratives, with research into artworks and museums as a use case. My role within this project is to evaluate state-of-the-art speech recognition models such as Whisper and XLS-R and propose and implement one of the models as an automatic transcriber within the infrastructure of the project which can be used as a tool by researchers working with digital media archives to automatically transcribe Oral History interviews.

As about my background, I studied the Bachelor of Computer Science & Engineering at TU Delft and the Voice Technology Master at University of Groningen - Campus Fryslân. My master's thesis topic is using state-of-the-art models (mainly XLS-R) for Frisian Automatic Speech Recognition.

My general interests are speech technology-related, focusing on speech recognition for low-resource contexts (languages, groups of speakers, etc.).

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Citadel (building no. 09), room H234
Hallenweg 15
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Citadel  H234
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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Working from home Mon, in Hilversum @ Beeld & Geluid Tue & Thu, and in office Wed & Fri.

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