Synchronising Audio and Ultrasound by Learning Cross-Modal Embeddings

Aciel Eshky, Manuel Sam Ribeiro, Korin Richmond, Steve Renals


Audiovisual synchronisation is the task of determining the time offset between speech audio and a video recording of the articulators. In child speech therapy, audio and ultrasound videos of the tongue are captured using instruments which rely on hardware to synchronise the two modalities at recording time. Hardware synchronisation can fail in practice, and no mechanism exists to synchronise the signals post hoc. To address this problem, we employ a two-stream neural network which exploits the correlation between the two modalities to find the offset. We train our model on recordings from 69 speakers, and show that it correctly synchronises 82.9% of test utterances from unseen therapy sessions and unseen speakers, thus considerably reducing the number of utterances to be manually synchronised. An analysis of model performance on the test utterances shows that directed phone articulations are more difficult to automatically synchronise compared to utterances containing natural variation in speech such as words, sentences, or conversations.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1804

Cite as: Eshky, A., Ribeiro, M.S., Richmond, K., Renals, S. (2019) Synchronising Audio and Ultrasound by Learning Cross-Modal Embeddings. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 4100-4104, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1804.


@inproceedings{Eshky2019,
  author={Aciel Eshky and Manuel Sam Ribeiro and Korin Richmond and Steve Renals},
  title={{Synchronising Audio and Ultrasound by Learning Cross-Modal Embeddings}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={4100--4104},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1804},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1804}
}