Synthetic voice is now able to read Kazakh text – a new development of NU scientists

A computer voice will now be able to read Kazakh text. This was made possible thanks to a new project of scientists from the Institute of Smart Systems and Artificial Intelligence (ISSAI) of Nazarbayev University. They have developed a Kazakh language speech synthesis project, or in other words the Kazakh text-to-speech conversion. Text-to-speech conversion is the artificial production of human speech which allows a computer to read any text in a voice that is as close to natural as possible.

“In Kazakhstan this technology can be used for people with special needs, virtual assistants, and the public services where text-to-speech conversion is necessary. This technology is an essential component in many applications such as interactive smart assistant systems, navigation systems, announcement systems where computer voice-over of the Kazakh text is required. The technology can also be useful for visually impaired people, as it will allow to establish human-robot interaction by converting Kazakh text into audio”, – says ISSAI postdoctoral student Yerbolat Khasanov,“One of the main goals of our project was to develop the use of the Kazakh language in the digital sphere. Before, we did not meet such ready-made Kazakh speech synthesis projects”.

Scientists have created two versions of the computer voice – male and female, which can voice Kazakh text with the correct intonation and tempo.

Worldwide, this technology is widely used in such industries as healthcare, e-learning, and voice assistants.

Scientists share the collected database, pretrained models and project code in an open-source format. With this, any organization or company will be able to create their own projects related to Kazakh text-to-speech conversion.

Demo version of the kazakh text-to-speech technology can be tested via the link:

Videos with male and female voices are available via the link: