Analysis of Visual Features for Continuous Lipreading in Spanish

David Gimeno-Gómez, Carlos-D. Martínez-Hinarejos

During a conversation, our brain is responsible for combining information obtained from multiple senses in order to improve our ability to understand the message we are perceiving. Different studies have shown the importance of presenting visual information in these situations. Nevertheless, lipreading is a complex task whose objective is to interpret speech when audio is not available. By dispensing with a sense as crucial as hearing, it will be necessary to be aware of the challenge that this lack presents. In this paper, we propose an analysis of different speech visual features with the intention of identifying which of them is the best approach to capture the nature of lip movements for natural Spanish and, in this way, dealing with the automatic visual speech recognition task. In order to estimate our system, we present an audiovisual corpus compiled from a subset of the RTVE database, which has been used in the Albayzı́n evaluations. We employ a traditional system based on Hidden Markov Models with Gaussian Mixture Models. Results show that, although the task is difficult, in restricted conditions we obtain recognition results which determine that using eigenlips in combination with deep features is the best visual approach.

doi: 10.21437/IberSPEECH.2021-47

Gimeno-Gómez, D, Martínez-Hinarejos, C (2021) Analysis of Visual Features for Continuous Lipreading in Spanish. Proc. IberSPEECH 2021, 220-224, doi: 10.21437/IberSPEECH.2021-47.