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Presentation #9
Session:Speaker Recognition/Verification
Location:Kallirhoe Hall
Session Time:Thursday, December 20, 10:00 - 12:00
Presentation Time:Thursday, December 20, 10:00 - 12:00
Presentation: Poster
Topic: Speaker/language recognition:
Paper Title: Detection and calibration of whisper for speaker recognition
Authors: Finnian Kelly, John H.L. Hansen, The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
Abstract: Whisper is a commonly encountered form of speech that differs significantly from modal speech. As speaker recognition technology becomes more ubiquitous, it is important to assess the abilities and limitations of systems in the presence of variability such as whisper. In this paper, a comparative evaluation of whispered speaker recognition performance across two independent datasets is presented. Whisper-neutral speech comparisons are observed to consistently degrade performance relative to both neutral-neutral and whisper-whisper comparisons. An i-vector-based approach to whisper detection is introduced, and is shown to perform accurately across datasets even at short durations. The output of the whisper detector is subsequently used to select score calibration parameters for whispered speech comparisons, leading to a reduction in global calibration and discrimination error.