Luciana Ferrer

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MetaCyc ( is a universal database of metabolic pathways and enzymes from all domains of life. The pathways in MetaCyc are curated from the primary scientific literature, and are experimentally determined small-molecule metabolic pathways. Each reaction in a MetaCyc pathway is annotated with one or more well-characterized enzymes. Because MetaCyc(More)
We propose a novel framework for speaker recognition in which extraction of sufficient statistics for the state-of-the-art i-vector model is driven by a deep neural network (DNN) trained for automatic speech recognition (ASR). Specifically, the DNN replaces the standard Gaussian mixture model (GMM) to produce frame alignments. The use of an ASR-DNN system(More)
We explore the use of adaptation transforms employed in speech recognition systems as features for speaker recognition. This approach is attractive because, unlike standard framebased cepstral speaker recognition models, it normalizes for the choice of spoken words in text-independent speaker verification. Affine transforms are computed for the Gaussian(More)
We describe a novel approach to modeling idiosyncratic prosodic behavior for automatic speaker recognition. The approach computes various duration, pitch, and energy features for each estimated syllable in speech recognition output, quantizes the features, forms N-grams of the quantized values, and models normalized counts for each feature N-gram using(More)
We examine the problem of end-of-utterance (EOU) detection for real-time speech recognition, particularly in the context of a human-computer dialog system. Current EOU detection algorithms use only a simple pause threshold for making this decision, leading to two problems. First, especially as speech-driven interfaces become more natural, users often pause(More)
We present a new modeling approach for speaker recognition that uses the maximum-likelihood linear regression (MLLR) adaptation transforms employed by a speech recognition system as features for support vector machine (SVM) speaker models. This approach is attractive because, unlike standard frame-based cepstral speaker recognition models, it normalizes for(More)
In previous work we showed that state-of-the-art end-of-utterance detection (as used, for example, in dialog systems) can be improved significantly by making use of prosodic and/or language models that predict utterance endpoints, based on word and alignment output from a speech recognizer. However, using a recognizer in endpointing might not be practical(More)
Conventional speaker recognition systems identify speakers by using spectral information from very short slices of speech. Such systems perform well (especially in quiet conditions), but fail to capture idiosyncratic longer-term patterns in a speaker’s habitual speaking style, including duration and pausing patterns, intonation contours, and the use of(More)
This paper proposes two novel frontends for robust language identification (LID) using a convolutional neural network (CNN) trained for automatic speech recognition (ASR). In the CNN/i-vector frontend, the CNN is used to obtain the posterior probabilities for i-vector training and extraction instead of a universal background model (UBM). The CNN/posterior(More)
The Speakers in the Wild (SITW) speaker recognition database contains hand-annotated speech samples from open-source media for the purpose of benchmarking text-independent speaker recognition technology on single and multi-speaker audio acquired across unconstrained or “wild” conditions. The database consists of recordings of 299 speakers, with an average(More)