Second Workshop on Child, Computer and Interaction (WOCCI 2009)

Cambridge, MA, USA
November 5, 2009

Towards a Language-Independent Intelligibility Assessment of Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

Tobias Bocklet (1), Andreas Maier (2), Korbinian Riedhammer (1), Elmar Nöth (1)

(1) Chair of Pattern Recognition; (2) Department of Pedaudiology and Phoniatrics
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany

We describe a novel evaluation system for the intelligibility assessment of children with CLP on standardized tests. The system is solely based on standard cepstral features in form of MFCCs. No other information like word alignments is used. So the system can be easily adapted to other languages. For each child one GMM is created by adaptation of a UBM to the speaker-specific MFCCs. The components of this GMM are concatenated in order to create a so-called GMM supervector. These GMM supervectors are then used as meta features for an SVR. We evaluated our languageindependent system on two different datasets of children suffering from CLP. One dataset contains recordings of 35 German children, where the children named different pictograms. The other dataset contains recordings of 14 Italian speaking children, who repeated standardized sentences. On both datasets we achieved high correlations: up to 0.81 for the German dataset and 0.83 for the Italian dataset.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bocklet, Tobias / Maier, Andreas / Riedhammer, Korbinian / Nöth, Elmar (2009): "Towards a language-independent intelligibility assessment of children with cleft lip and palate", In WOCCI-2009, 23-26.