Speech Synthesis and Uncanny Valley

  • Jan Romportl
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8655)


The paper discusses a hypothesis relating high quality text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis in spoken dialogue systems with the concept of “uncanny valley”. It introduces a “Wizard-of-Oz” experiment with 30 volunteers engaged in conversations with two synthetic voices of different naturalness. The results of the experiment are summarized and interpreted, leading to the conclusion that the TTS uncanny valley effect in dialogue systems can probably be superseded and inverted by a positive attitude of the systems’ users toward new technologies.


text-to-speech synthesis spoken dialogue system uncanny valley experiment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Romportl
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  1. 1.Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Applied SciencesUniversity of West BohemiaPilsenCzech Republic

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