Finding the WHO, WHAT & WHEN in audio
Oxford Wave Research (OWR) is a leading R&D company based in Oxford, UK, specialising in audio and speech processing, voice biometrics and deep learning-related product development. Our team has many years of experience developing solutions for law enforcement, military as well as other agencies both in the UK and around the world.
OWR at IAFPA 2021
We're attending IAFPA 2021!
Team work makes dream work!
Oxford Wave Research staff are very excited to be attending the upcoming virtual IAFPA Conference, organised this year by Philipps-Universität Marburg. We are delighted to have a number of papers representing the results of our latest research in the field of voice biometrics and audio processing, accepted for presentation at the conference Just to give a sneak peek of what you will be seeing, here is a list of the presentations co-authored by the OWR researchers in collaboration with distinguished academicians and forensic scientists:
- “A WYRED connection: x-vectors and forensic speech data” by Anil Alexander, Finnian Kelly and Erica Gold
- “How does the perceptual similarity of the relevant population to a questioned speaker affect the likelihood ratio?” by Linda Gerlach, Tom Coy, Finnian Kelly, Kirsty McDougall and Anil Alexander
- “How do Automatic Speaker Recognition systems 'perceive' voice similarity? Further exploration of the relationship between human and machine voice similarity ratings.” by Linda Gerlach, Kirsty McDougall, Finnian Kelly and Anil Alexander
- “Speaker-informed speech enhancement and separation” by Bence Mark Halpern, Finnian Kelly, and Anil Alexander
- “Exploring the impact of face coverings on x-vector speaker recognition using VOCALISE” by Tom Iszatt, Ekrem Malkoc, Finnian Kelly, and Anil Alexander
OWR at EAFS 2022
We're exhibiting at EAFS Stockholm 2022!
The European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) is doing it once more!
European Academy of Forensic Science Conference, EAFS 2022, being organised by Swedish National Forensic Centre (NFC), will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 30 – June 3, 2022.
We look forward to sharing the latest exciting research developments in the field of forensic speaker recognition and audio processing . We will also be showcasing our product range, including the most recent updates and features of our flagship software VOCALISE forensic speaker recognition software at one of the largest and most prestigious European forensic events.
#IAFPA2021 Day 2 at @Uni_MR is already halfway through! Our next presentation on "How do Automatic Speaker Recognition systems 'perceive' voice similarity?" by Linda Gerlach, Kirsty McDougall, Finnian Kelly and Anil Alexander, has just started!@IAFPAtweets pic.twitter.com/vdebI0ixkL— Oxford Wave Research (@OxfordWave) August 24, 2021
Bounga Singapore Collaboration
Bounga Informatics Pte Ltd appointed as exclusive Oxford Wave Research dealer in Singapore
Oxford Wave Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Bounga Informatics Pte Ltd as our exclusive dealer in Singapore. Bounga Informatics is a well established and respected provider of Forensic products in Singapore and nearby South East Asian countries and we are delighted to have their support for the increased interest in our products, including our flagship VOCALISE, Forensic voice biometric software, in Singapore. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with Bounga Informatics in the months and years to come.
Inclusive security using voice biometrics and Microsoft Identity
Inclusive security for the visually impaired, those with difficulty reading or understanding a language, or don’t have access to a dedicated personal device
This is the fascinating use case for which our partner WhoIAM has been using our voice biometrics technology. This has just been featured in the latest edition of the Microsoft Azure Identity partner integration video that uses our speaker biometrics-based authentication to make identity security design more inclusive. We at Oxford Wave Research support this laudable goal all the way!
As Ajith Alexander, head of product management at WhoIAM, writes in the Microsoft Azure AD identity blog:
“Using voice biometrics for verification is also a powerful tool for implementing inclusive security. Human voices are readily available, can be recorded in a contactless way, and do not require specialized hardware. Our voice carries an imprint of our identity that comes through regardless of what we’re saying, what language we’re speaking, or where we’re speaking from. This makes voice biometrics an ideal choice for catering to users who are visually impaired, have difficulty reading or understanding a language, don’t have access to a dedicated personal device (residents at assisted-living communities, shift-workers), or live in less developed areas that rely on fixed phone lines. …Creatively solving for flexible, inclusive user verification ensures we can log in previously marginalized customers securely without identity verification being a frustrating experience.”Ajith Alexander, Head of Product Management, WhoIAM
Selwyn PhD student Linda Gerlach and Fellow Kirsty McDougall are both presenting talks online at the International Association for Forensic Phonetics Association (IAFPA) 2021 conference this week. @CamLangSci @ivipproject @OxfordWave @IAFPAtweets pic.twitter.com/TSgZa1Zx92— Selwyn College (@Selwyn1882) August 23, 2021