Speaker tracking system using speaker boundary detection
Tutor / director / evaluatorHernando Pericás, Francisco Javier
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
This thesis is about a research conducted in the area of Speaker Recognition. The application is concerned to the automatic detection and tracking of target speakers in meetings, conferences, telephone conversations and in radio and television broadcasts. A Speaker Tracking system is developed here, in collaboration with the Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP) in UPC. The main objective of this Speaker Tracking system is to answer the question: When the target speaker speaks? The system uses training speech data for the target speaker in the pre-enrollment stage. Three main modules have been designed for this Speaker Tracking system. In the first module an energy based Speech Activity Detection is applied to select the speech parts of the audio. In the second module the audio is segmented according to the speaker turning points. In the last module a Speaker Verification is implemented in which the target speakers are verified and tracked. Two different approaches are applied in this last module. In the first approach for Speaker Verification, the target speakers and the segments are modeled using the state-of-the-art, Gaussian Mixture Models (GMM). In the second approach for Speaker Verification, the identity vectors (i-vectors) representation is applied for the target speakers and the segments. Finally, the performance of both these approaches is compared for the results evaluation.