Saeid Safavi

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Three isolates of the entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana along with one strain of Metarhizium anisopliae were cultured on seven media with different carbon/nitrogen (C/N) ratios. The effect of nutrition on virulence of the isolates was evaluated via measurement of colony growth, spore yield, germination speed, conidial C/N ratio and Pr1 (a serine protease)(More)
This paper presents results on Speaker Recognition (SR) for children’s speech, using the OGI Kids corpus and GMM-UBM and GMM-SVM SR systems. Regions of the spectrum containing important speaker information for children are identified by conducting SR experiments over 21 frequency bands. As for adults, the spectrum can be split into four regions, with the(More)
This letter presents an experimental study investigating the effect of frequency sub-bands on regional accent identification (AID) and speaker identification (SID) performance on the ABI-1 corpus. The AID and SID systems are based on Gaussian mixture modeling. The SID experiments show up to 100% accuracy when using the full 11.025 kHz bandwidth. The best(More)
This paper presents results on age-group identification (AgeID) for children’s speech, using the OGI Kids corpus and GMM-UBM, GMM-SVM and i-vector systems. Regions of the spectrum containing important age information for children are identified by conducting Age-ID experiments over 21 frequency sub-bands. Results show that the frequencies above 5.5 kHz are(More)
This paper presents results on gender identification (GI) for children’s speech, using the OGI Kids corpus and GMM-UBM and GMM-SVM systems. Regions of the spectrum containing important gender information for children are identified by conducting GI experiments over 21 frequency sub-bands. Results show that the frequencies below 1.8 kHz and above 3.8 kHz are(More)
This paper investigates techniques to compensate for the effects of regional accents of British English on automatic speech recognition (ASR) performance. Given a small amount of speech from a new speaker, is it better to apply speaker adaptation, or to use accent identification (AID) to identify the speaker's accent followed by accent-dependent ASR? Three(More)
The para-linguistic information in a speech signal includes clues to the geographical and social background of the speaker. This paper is concerned with recognition of the 14 regional accents of British English. For Accent Identification (AID), acoustic methods exploit differences between the distributions of sounds, while phonotactic approaches exploit the(More)
Although speaker verification is an established area of speech technology, previous studies have been restricted to adult speech. This paper investigates speaker verification for children’s speech, using the PF-STAR children’s speech corpus. A contemporary GMM-based speaker verification system, using MFCC features and maximum score normalization, is applied(More)
Entomopathogenic fungi produce secondary metabolites which may bioactively help fungus in its virulence toward insect hosts. Beauveria bassiana produces several toxic low molecular compounds in vitro as well as in vivo, the most important of them is Beauvericin. The BEH isolate of the fungus was selected for Beauvericin assay. Beauvericin was obtained from(More)