Sara Candeias

Coimbra - Lisbon

I hold two Degrees in Portuguese and Classical Languages - Scientific area (1994) and in Portuguese and Classical Languages - area of Educational Training (1995) from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, a Master's in Portuguese and Classical Languages (1999), also from the University of Coimbra, Portugal and a PhD in Linguistics (2007) from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Since January 2008 I have been Researcher in speech technology in the Institute of Telecommunications, Department of Electrical and Computers Engineering, University of Coimbra (Portugal).

I am the head researcher of a project started in February 2011, which had the classification of 'excellent' and it is funded by the Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal and co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Competitive Factors Thematic Operational Programme (ERDF). I have also been participating in projects and consortia with the team of the Signal Processing Lab since 2008.

I taught in the University of Beira Interior-Portugal, University of Coimbra-Portugal and also in the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra-Portugal.

I am author of over 40 papers on the Portuguese language, Phonetics, Text-to-Speech Conversion and Speech Recognition and I am a member of the organizational committee of the international conference on Computational Processing of the Portuguese Language.

I have been invited for talks in various academic sessions and during my academic career I have received a number of awards.

Birthplace: Portugal

Areas of expertise: Portuguese Language Processing, Speech Recognition, Applied Linguistics, Phonetics.

Current research interests: Multi-pronunciation for text-to-speech conversion, Analysis of continuous speech, Forensic phonetics, Speech technology for learning Portuguese.

Spoken Languages: Portuguese, English, French.

Studied Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Italian, Greek and Latin.

Favourite writers: Eça de Queirós, Mario Vargas Llosa

Favourite hobbies: travelling, painting, cinema, literature.