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Recent Advances in Automatic Speaker Verification

LOCATION: Auditorium 1, TEL, Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 20th floor

Date/Time: 26.10.2015, 14:15-15:00

SPEAKER: Michael Wagner (TU Berlin)


The human voice uniquely combines physical and behavioural traits of the individual. Large intra-person variance, channel and environmental variation present challenges for speaker verification, while the universality of speech and the ubiquity of the telephone make the voice a very useful biometric for authentication and forensic applications. The field has seem enormous progress in recent years with equal-error rates for clean signal having dropped to below 1% in state-of-the-art systems. Recent advances based on the UBM-GMM framework, including factor analysis, iVectors and PLDA as well as calibration and specific forensic speaker comparison issues, are presented in this talk.


Michael Wagner is an Honorary Professor at TU Berlin, Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and Managing Director of the National Centre for Biometric Studies Pty Ltd.


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