16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Detection of Cardiovascular Reactivity in Speech

Laurens van der Werff, Jón Guðnason, Kamilla Rún Jóhannsdóttir

Reykjavik University, Iceland

The feasibility of automatically detecting cardiovascular reactivity from speech was investigated. There are studies that have shown success in detecting heart rate in the speech signal before but cardiovascular reactivity has not been looked at as well. Gender-specific, speaker-independent Gaussian mixture models were trained on speech during high and low cardiovascular reactivity and classification implemented using a cosine distance scoring (ivector) approach. Using five distinct criteria to determine whether classification was meaningful, we found clear indication that cardiovascular reactivity affects the voice in a manner that makes it automatically detectable in speech. As such it may become a powerful new information source for estimating various physiological conditions from speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Werff, Laurens van der / Guðnason, Jón / Jóhannsdóttir, Kamilla Rún (2015): "Detection of cardiovascular reactivity in speech", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 1111-1115.