Mobile Biometry (MOBIO) Face and Speaker Verification Evaluation

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


S. Marcel, C. McCool, S. Chakraborty, V. Balasubramanian


ICPR, Istanbul,Turkey (2010)


This paper evaluates the performance of face and speaker verification techniques in the context of a mobile environment. The mobile environment was chosen as it provides a realistic and challenging test-bed for biometric person verification techniques to operate. For instance the audio environment is quite noisy and there is limited control over the illumination conditions and the pose of the subject for the video. To conduct this evaluation, a part of a database captured during the “Mobile Biometry” (MOBIO) European Project was used. In total there were nine participants to the evaluation who submitted a face verification system and five participants who submitted speaker verification systems. The nine face verification systems all varied significantly in terms of both verification algorithms and face detection algorithms. Several systems used the OpenCV face detector while the better systems used proprietary software for the task of face detection. This ended up making the evaluation of verification algorithms challenging. The five speaker verification systems were based on one of two paradigms: a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) or Support Vector Machine (SVM) paradigm. In general the systems based on the SVM paradigm performed better than those based on the GMM paradigm.


Dr. Shayok Chakraborty

Dr. Shayok Chakraborty

Assistant Research Professor, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering; Associate Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC)

Vineeth N Balasubramanian

Vineeth N Balasubramanian

Assistant Research Professor