8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Multi-Modal User Authentication from Video for Mobile or Variable-Environment Applications

Timothy J. Hazen, Daniel Schultz


In this study, we apply a combination of face and speaker identification techniques to the task of multi-modal (i.e., multi-biometric) user authentication for mobile or variable-environment applications. Audio-visual data was collected using a web camera connected to a laptop computer in three different environments: a quiet indoor office, a busy indoor cafe, and near a noisy outdoor street intersection. Experiments demonstrated the benefits that may be obtained from using a multi-modal approach, even when both input modalities suffer from difficult environmental conditions or a poor match between training and testing conditions. Over twelve different training and testing conditions, user authentication equal error rates were reduced an average of 19% from the best individual biometric in each condition, and 36% from an audio-only system.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Hazen, Timothy J. / Schultz, Daniel (2007): "Multi-modal user authentication from video for mobile or variable-environment applications", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1246-1249.