David A. van Leeuwen

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Emotions can be recognized by audible paralinguistic cues in speech. By detecting these paralinguistic cues that can consist of laughter, a trembling voice, coughs, changes in the intonation contour etc., information about the speaker’s state and emotion can be revealed. This paper describes the development of a gender-independent laugh detector with the(More)
This paper describes and discusses the "STBU" speaker recognition system, which performed well in the NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation 2006 (SRE). STBU is a consortium of four partners: Spescom DataVoice (Stellenbosch, South Africa), TNO (Soesterberg, The Netherlands), BUT (Brno, Czech Republic), and the University of Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch, South(More)
In the context of detecting ‘paralinguistic events’ with the aim to make classification of the speaker’s emotional state possible, a detector was developed for one of the most obvious ‘paralinguistic events’, namely laughter. Gaussian Mixture Models were trained with Perceptual Linear Prediction features, pitch&energy, pitch&voicing and modulation spectrum(More)
This Thesis is focused on the use of automatic speaker recognition systems for forensic identification, in what is called forensic automatic speaker recognition. More generally, forensic identification aims at individualization, defined as the certainty of distinguishing an object or person from any other in a given population. This objective is followed by(More)
Motivated by the success of i-vectors in the field of speaker recognition, this paper proposes a new approach for age estimation from telephone speech patterns based on i-vectors. In this method, each utterance is modeled by its corresponding ivector. Then, Support Vector Regression (SVR) is applied to estimate the age of speakers. The proposed method is(More)
In this study, we investigated automatic laughter segmentation in meetings. We first performed laughterspeech discrimination experiments with traditional spectral features and subsequently used acousticphonetic features. In segmentation, we used Gaussian Mixture Models that were trained with spectral features. For the evaluation of the laughter segmentation(More)
I4U is a joint entry of nine research Institutes and Universities across 4 continents to NIST SRE 2012. It started with a brief discussion during the Odyssey 2012 workshop in Singapore. An online discussion group was soon set up, providing a discussion platform for different issues surrounding NIST SRE’12. Noisy test segments, uneven multi-session training,(More)
In this paper, a new approach for age estimation from speech signals based on i-vectors is proposed. In this method, each utterance is modeled by its corresponding i-vector. Then, a Within-Class Covariance Normalization technique is used for session variability compensation. Finally, a least squares support vector regression (LSSVR) is applied to estimate(More)
In the evaluation of speaker recognition systems, the tradeoff between missed speakers and false alarms has always been an important diagnostic tool. NIST has defined the task of speaker detection with the associated Detection Cost Function (DCF) to evaluate performance, and introduced the DET-plot [1] as a diagnostic tool. Since the first evaluation in(More)