STC speaker recognition systems for the NIST SRE 2021

by   Anastasia Avdeeva, et al.

This paper presents a description of STC Ltd. systems submitted to the NIST 2021 Speaker Recognition Evaluation for both fixed and open training conditions. These systems consists of a number of diverse subsystems based on using deep neural networks as feature extractors. During the NIST 2021 SRE challenge we focused on the training of the state-of-the-art deep speaker embeddings extractors like ResNets and ECAPA networks by using additive angular margin based loss functions. Additionally, inspired by the recent success of the wav2vec 2.0 features in automatic speech recognition we explored the effectiveness of this approach for the speaker verification filed. According to our observation the fine-tuning of the pretrained large wav2vec 2.0 model provides our best performing systems for open track condition. Our experiments with wav2vec 2.0 based extractors for the fixed condition showed that unsupervised autoregressive pretraining with Contrastive Predictive Coding loss opens the door to training powerful transformer-based extractors from raw speech signals. For video modality we developed our best solution with RetinaFace face detector and deep ResNet face embeddings extractor trained on large face image datasets. The final results for primary systems were obtained by different configurations of subsystems fusion on the score level followed by score calibration.


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