Introduction to the Special Issue “Speaker and Language Characterization and Recognition: Voice Modeling, Conversion, Synthesis and Ethical Aspects”

Abstract : Welcome to this special issue on Speaker and Language Characterization which features, among other contributions, some of the most remarkable ideas presented and discussed at Odyssey 2018: the Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, held in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, in June 2018. This issue perpetuates the series proposed by ISCA Speaker and language Characterization Special Interest Group in coordination with ISCA Speaker Odyssey workshops [1, 2, 3]. Voice is one of the most casual modalities for natural and intuitive interactions between humans as well as between humans and machines. Voice is also a central part of our identity. Voice-based solutions are currently deployed in a growing variety of applications, including person authentication through automatic speaker verification (ASV). A related technology concerns digital cloning of personal voice characteristics for text-to-speech (TTS) and voice conversion (VC). In the last years, the impressive advancements of the VC/TTS field opened the way for numerous new consumer applications. Especially, VC is offering new solutions for privacy protection. However, VC/TTS also brings the possibility of misuse of the technology in order to spoof ASV systems (for example presentation attacks implemented using voice conversion). As a direct consequence, spoofing countermeasures raises a growing interest during the past years. Moreover, voice is a central part of our identity and is also bringing other
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Jean-François Bonastre, Tomi Kinnunen, Anthony Larcher, Junichi Yamagishi. Introduction to the Special Issue “Speaker and Language Characterization and Recognition: Voice Modeling, Conversion, Synthesis and Ethical Aspects”. Computer Speech & Language, 2019, pp.101021. ⟨10.1016/j.csl.2019.101021⟩. ⟨hal-02280130⟩

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