ISCA Archive Odyssey 2022
ISCA Archive Odyssey 2022

The 2021 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation

Seyed Omid Sadjadi, Craig Greenberg, Elliot Singer, Lisa Mason, Douglas Reynolds

The 2021 Speaker Recognition Evaluation (SRE21) was the latest cycle of the ongoing evaluation series conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 1996. It was the second large-scale multimodal speaker/person recognition evaluation organized by NIST (the first one being SRE19). Similar to SRE19, it featured two core evaluation tracks, namely audio and audio-visual, as well as an optional visual track. In addition to offering fixed and open training conditions, it also introduced new challenges for the community, thanks to a new multimodal (i.e., audio, video, and selfie images) and multilingual (i.e., with multilingual speakers) corpus, termed WeCanTalk, collected outside North America by the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC). These challenges included: 1) trials (target and non-target) with enrollment and test segments originating from different domains (i.e., telephony versus video), and 2) trials (target and non-target) with enrollment and test segments spoken in different languages (i.e., cross-lingual trials). This paper presents an overview of SRE21 including the tasks, performance metric, data, evaluation protocol, results and system performance analyses. A total of 23 organizations (forming 15 teams) from academia and industry participated in SRE21 and submitted 158 valid system outputs. Evaluation results indicate: audio-visual fusion produce substantial gains in performance over audio-only or visual-only systems; top performing speaker and face recognition systems exhibited comparable performance under the matched domain conditions present in this evaluation; and, the use of complex neural network architectures (e.g., ResNet) along with angular losses with margin, data augmentation, as well as long duration fine-tuning contributed to notable performance improvements for the audio-only speaker recognition task.

doi: 10.21437/Odyssey.2022-45

Cite as: Sadjadi, S.O., Greenberg, C., Singer, E., Mason, L., Reynolds, D. (2022) The 2021 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation. Proc. The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop (Odyssey 2022), 322-329, doi: 10.21437/Odyssey.2022-45

  author={Seyed Omid Sadjadi and Craig Greenberg and Elliot Singer and Lisa Mason and Douglas Reynolds},
  title={{The 2021 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation}},
  booktitle={Proc. The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop (Odyssey 2022)},