FAAVSP - The 1st Joint Conference on Facial Analysis, Animation, and
Auditory-Visual Speech Processing

Vienna, Austria
September 11-13, 2015

The Stability of Mouth Movements for Multiple Talkers over Multiple Sessions

Chris Davis, Jeesun Kim, Vincent Aubanel, Greg Zelic, Yatin Mahajan

1 The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia

To examine the stability of visible speech articulation (a potentially useful biometric) we examined the degree of similarity of a speaker’s mouth movements when uttering the same sentence on six different occasions. We tested four speakers of differing language background and compared within- and across speaker variability. We obtained mouth motion data using an inexpensive 3D close range sensor and commercial face motion capture software. These data were exported as c3d files and the analysis was based on guided principal components derived from custom Matlab scripts. We showed that within-speaker repetitions were more similar than between speaker ones; that language background did not affect the stability of the utterances and that the patterns of articulation from different speakers were relatively distinctive. Index Terms: biometrics, speech articulation, mouth motion; 3D face motion capture

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Bibliographic reference.  Davis, Chris / Kim, Jeesun / Aubanel, Vincent / Zelic, Greg / Mahajan, Yatin (2015): "The stability of mouth movements for multiple talkers over multiple sessions", In FAAVSP-2015, 99-102.