Fernando Villavicencio

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Fernando Villavicencio
National Institute of Informatics
Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division
Job title
Project Assistant Professor
Ph.D(Pierre and Marie Curie University)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Oct 2009
Sep 2014
Research Engineer, Research & Development Division, Yamaha Corporation
Jun 2008
Sep 2009
Research Engineer / Lecturer, Music Technology Group, Pompeu Fabra University
Jan 2008
Jun 2008
Research Engineer, Sound Analysis & Synthesis Team, IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustic/Music)
Aug 2001
Jun 2002
Teaching assistant in Digital Systems, ITESM-GDL (Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey)
Aug 2000
Jun 2002
Lecturer on Analog Electronics, Autonomous University of Guadalajara


Oct 2003
Mar 2010
Ph.D. program in Informatics, Telecommunications & Electronics, IRCAM (Institute for Research and Acoustic/Music Coordination), Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI
Sep 2002
Sep 2003
Master in Signal Processing and Digital Design, ENSSAT (Advanced National School of Applied Science and Technology), University of Rennes I
Jul 1999
Aug 2002
Master in Telecommunications, CINVESTAV-GDL (Center of Research and Advanced Studies), IPN (National Polytechnic Institute)
Aug 1995
Jun 1999
Electronics and Communication Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Autonomous University of Guadalajara

Published Papers

Fernando Villavicencio, Jordi Bonada, Yuji Hisaminato
MLSP 2015      Sep 2015   [Refereed]
Voice Liveness Detection Algorithms Based on Pop Noise Caused by Human Breath for Automatic Speaker Verification
Sayaka, Shiota, Fernando Villavicencio, Junichi Yamagishi, Nobutaka Ono, Isao Echizen, Tomoko Matsui
INTERSPEECH 2015      Sep 2015   [Refereed]
Efficient Pitch Estimation on Natural Opera-Singing by a Spectral Correlation based Strategy
Fernando Villavicencio, Jordi Bonada, Junichi Yamagishi, Michel Pucher
IEICE Technical Report (IPSJ-SLP-107)   1    Jul 2015
A strategy for LF-based glottal-source & vocal-tract estimation on stationary modal singing
Fernando Villavicencio
EUSIPCO 2014 (European Signal Processing Conference)      Sep 2014   [Refereed]
Glottal source model selection for stationary singing-voice by low-band envelope matching
Fernando Villavicencio
NOLISP 2013 (International Conference in Non-Linear Speech Processing)      Jun 2013   [Refereed]
Non-parallel singing-voice conversion by phoneme-based modeling and covariance approximation
Fernando Villavicencio, Hideki Kenmochi
DAFx 2011 (International Conference on Digital Audio Effects)      Sep 2011   [Refereed]
Applying Voice Conversion to Concatenative Singing-Voice Synthesis
Fernando Villavicencio, Jordi Bonada
INTERSPEECH 2010      Sep 2010   [Refereed]
Resurrecting past singers: non-parallel singing-voice conversion
Fernando Villavicencio, Hideki Kenmochi
InterSinging Workshop      Sep 2010   [Refereed]
GMM-PCA based Speaker-Timbre Conversion on Full- Quality Speech
Fernando Villavicencio, Esteban Maestre
SSW 2010 (7th Speech Synthesis Workshop)      Aug 2010   [Refereed]
High-Quilty Voice Conversion
Fernando Villavicencio
IRCAM (Pierre & Marie Curie University)      Mar 2010   [Refereed]
Fernando Villavicencio, Axel Röbel, Xavier Rodet
ICASSP 2009 (International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing)      Apr 2009   [Refereed]
Fernando Villavicencio
ICASSP 2008 (International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing)      Apr 2008   [Refereed]
Fernando Villavicencio, Axel Röbel, Xavier Rodet
Pattern Recognition Letters, Elsevier Ed.   28(11) 1343-1350   Aug 2007   [Refereed]
Fernando Villavicencio, Axel Röbel, Xavier Rodet
ICASSP 2007 (International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing)      Apr 2007   [Refereed]
Improving LPC Spectral Envelope Extraction of Voiced Speech by True-Envelope Estimation
Fernando Villavicencio, Axel Röbel, Xavier Rodet
ICASSP 2006 (International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing)      May 2006   [Refereed]


Vivos Voco: A survey or recent research on voice transformations at IRCAM
Axel Röbel et al.
DAFx 2011 (International Conference on Digital Audio Effects)      Sep 2011

Books etc

Transformation et synthèse de la voix parlée et de la voix chantée
Xavier Rodet et al. (Part:Contributor, Parole et Musique)
Odile Jacob   2009   

Conference Activities & Talks

Advances in singing-voice synthesis, transformation and application (co-organizer, co-chair)
Fernando Villavicencio. Keiichi Tokuda, Hideki Kawahara
ICASSP 2012 (International Conference on Acoustic, Speech and Signal Processing)   29 Mar 2012   
Efficient Envelope Modeling and its application to Voice Conversion [Invited]
Fernando Villavicencio
Pompeu Fabra University; Tokyo Institute of Technology   
VOCALOID related research at Yamaha’s Speech Technology Group
Fernando Villavicencio
CSTR (Edinburgh); Google labs (London); Trinity College (Dublin); Nagoya University of Arts; Intel Mexico (Guadalajara)   
Fernando Villavicencio
Speech Processing Courses in Crete   31 Jul 2015   Yannis Stylianou


JPN063501 : Singer timbre adaptation applied to a concatenative singing-voice synthesizer
Fernando Villavicencio
JPN083722,US20120065978, EP2431967 : Non-parallel singer timbre adaptation for a concatenative singing-voice synthesizer
Fernando Villavicencio
JP2013242410, US2013311189 : Compensation filtering for Voice Conversion
Fernando Villavicencio, Jordi Bonada
(pending) : Estimation of the Voicing Frequency Contour on Speech Signals
Fernando Villavicencio
(pending) : Glottal source and vocal tract filter estimation for stationary singing voice
Fernando Villavicencio
(in process) : Fully-controllable voice source modeling for voice quality modification
Fernando Villavicencio
(in process) : Vocal-tract filter modification for vocal intensity transformation
Fernando Villavicencio

Social Contribution

[Contribution]  La Caixa  “Once upon a time... the voice!" (Érase una vez...¡el habla!)  (Spain (country wide exhibition))  2009 - 2012
Exhibition around the evolution of human communication