Recent Advances in Voice Identification Technology

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Acoustics and Vibrations".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021) | Viewed by 564

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK
Interests: the relationships between individual bio-physical characteristics of the head, throat, and larynx; acoustic aspects of speech and auditory perceptions of voices

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Institute for Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: rhythm, tempo, pitch, and other aspects of speech prosody; human and machine communication with speech; speaker-specific (indexical) information; voice recognition.

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Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, Heslington, York YO0 5DD, UK
Interests: automatic speaker recognition; human perception of synthetic speech; authentication of audio recordings; authentication of recordings; audio enhancement; speaker comparison; acoustic crime scene reconstructions

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Department of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich, CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: understanding the indexical cues modification in different speaking styles and their implications for human and machine perceptions; automatic speaker recognition techniques; x-vectors; speech synthesis techniques; deep-fake and voice conversion; neural aspects of infants’ voice recognition abilities.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent years have seen wide deployment of Automatic Speaker Recognition systems (ASRs) for ensuring information security, for accessing and transferring finance, and in the forensic sector. The greater confidence in, and acceptance of, the technology has in large part arisen from improvements to its accuracy and to its robustness when operating in less-than-ideal conditions. The focus of this Special Issue of Applied Sciences will be on these advances.

We call for research papers on, but not confined to, the following topics:

  • advances in the architecture of ASR technology, improvements to algorithms, and development of x-vectors, deep neural networks (DNNs) and beyond;
  • relationships between the features utilised by ASRs and those used in more ‘traditional’ voice/speaker comparison casework;
  • testing of ASRs to establish performance levels under different operating conditions: levels of noise, reverberation, limited frequency bandwidth speech input, short speech samples, and different voice types;
  • use of reference populations of voices and the creation and organisation of voice data-banks; and
  • surveys/reviews concerning the use of ASRs in banking and forensic domains.

In addition to the empirical research papers, we would consider including one, or at most two, brief papers addressing ethical and/or legal issues surrounding the use of ASR technology.

Potential authors may, in the first instance, wish to contact the editors directly to discuss their proposed contributions.

Prof. Dr. Peter French
Prof. Dr. Volker Dellwo
Dr. Philip Harrison
Dr. Thayabaran Kathiresan
Guest Editors

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  • automatic speaker recognition systems (ASRs)
  • voice identification
  • advances in technology
  • x-vectors
  • deep neural networks (DNNs)
  • resilience to potential inhibitors
  • performance testing
  • reference populations
  • voice data-banks
  • banking and forensic applications
  • ethical and legal aspects

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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