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SpeechXRays

Goal: The SpeechXRays project will develop and test in real-life environments a user recognition platform based on voice acoustics analysis and audio-visual identity verification. SpeechXRays will outperform state-of-the-art solutions in the following areas:
Security: high accuracy solution (cross over accuracy of 1/100 ie twice the commercial voice/face solutions)
Privacy: biometric data stored in the device (or in a private cloud under the responsibility of the data subject)
Usability: text-independent speaker identification (no pass phrase), low sensitivity to surrounding noise
Cost-efficiency: use of standard embedded microphone and cameras (smartphones, laptops)

Methods: Data Protection, Biometrics, Authentication, Face Recognition, Privacy by design

Date: 1 May 2015 - 30 April 2018

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The finalists of the SpeechXRays Spoofing Challenged organized on March 28th at the National Library of Physics, Magurele, presented their spoofing strategies in front of a jury presided by Claude BAUZOU from IDEMIA (https://www.idemia.com), coordinator of the SpeechXRays project. The five finalists were Denis Nichita, Sebastian Micluta-Campeanu, Alexandra Serban, Alexandru Michire, and Luca Mihailescu, all students of the Faculty of Physics University of Bucharest. The jury of the SpeechXRays Spoofing Challenged way impressed by the creativity and determination of the participants who tried to crack the system in countless ways, despite the timeframe of the challenge, which limited the attacks on the system to 48h. The participants in the SpeechXRays Spoofing Challenged proposed viable attacks vectors and even looked into how the spoofing countermeasures were engineered. None of the participants was able to fully spoof the system, but the finalists achieved partial success on either voice or face. Following a long deliberation, the jury of the SpeechXRays Spoofing Challenged awarded the Best Spoofing Award to Denis Nichita, while Sebastian Micluta-Campeanu, Alexandra Serban, Alexandru Michire, and Luca Mihailescu were each awarded a Honorable Mention.
 
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Tech Inspire Ltd hosted the 6th General Assembly meeting of the SpeechXRays EU 2020 project in London on the 20th & 21st of March 2017. The focus of the two-days meeting was on the progress of the project and the latest developments made by the partners towards project deliverables and milestones. During day 1 of the meeting, Tech Inspire organised a “Biometric Workshop” that addressed latest technological development in the field of Biometric security that are relevant to the SpeechXRays project. Biometric academic experts s including Professor Pam Briggs (Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK), Professor Nathan Clark (University of Plymouth, UK), Dr Richard Guest (University of Kent, UK), Mr Max Creasey (BT Security Research Labs) we invited to deliver talks at this workshop.
 
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The SpeechXRays project will develop and test in real-life environments a user recognition platform based on voice acoustics analysis and audio-visual identity verification. SpeechXRays will outperform state-of-the-art solutions in the following areas:
Security: high accuracy solution (cross over accuracy of 1/100 ie twice the commercial voice/face solutions)
Privacy: biometric data stored in the device (or in a private cloud under the responsibility of the data subject)
Usability: text-independent speaker identification (no pass phrase), low sensitivity to surrounding noise
Cost-efficiency: use of standard embedded microphone and cameras (smartphones, laptops)