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FDT3315 Speech Communication Theory, basic course 15.0 credits

The goal of this course is to provide a general understanding of linguistics, phonetics and information theory as a theoretical basis for the speech communication process. Special emphasis is placed on the implications of these theories for the development and applications of technological systems employing speech synthesis, automatic speech recognition and multimodal spoken dialogue systems. The course also includes a review of scientific methods used in investigation of spoken communication. 

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FDT3315 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

1. Linguistic, phonetic and information theories in relationship to speech communication

2. Relationship between theoretical approaches to speech communication and the development and application of speech technological systems

3. Computational models of speech communication 

4. Review of scientific methods used in investigating speech communication

Intended learning outcomes

1. Describe the theoretical basis for the speech communication process in terms of linguistics, phonetics and information theory. 

2. Account for the implications of speech communication theories in speech synthesis, automatic speech recognition and multimodal spoken dialogue systems.

3. Describe current scientific methods used in investigating speech communication processes.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted as doctoral student

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge equivalent to the course Speech Technology, DT2112. Linguistic interest and experience of acoustics and signal processing.


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Relevant research articles are to be chosen in cooperation with the doctoral student’s supervisors.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Exam, 15.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written and oral reports approved by the doctoral student’s supervisors.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Speech, Music and Hearing