Odyssey 2010: The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Brno, Czech Republic
28 June 1 July 2010

Current developments in forensic speaker identification

Michael Jessen

Department of Speech and Audio Analysis (KT54), Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden

The presentation will provide an overview of current tasks, methods and problems in forensic speaker identification. After giving brief introductions to speaker profiling and voice line-ups, special attention will be given to the forensic task of voice comparison. Most forensic labs and practitioners have approached this task using methods derived from phonetics and linguistics. Some of the corresponding speaker parameters that are commonly used in forensic speaker comparison, as well as the relevant research will be discussed. More recently, some labs have added automatic speaker recognition to their set of methods. Experience with this method as well as challenges deriving from limited duration and technical quality along with stylistic and technical mismatch will be illustrated.

Bibliographic reference.  Jessen, Michael (2010): "Current developments in forensic speaker identification", In Odyssey-2010, paper 001 (abstract).