A database for analysis of speech under physical stress: detection of exercise intensity while running and talking

Khiet Phuong Truong, Arne Nieuwenhuys, Peter Beek, Vanessa Evers

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    Abstract

    One of the ways to gauge your own exercise intensity while running, is to assess your capability of talking while running: if you can still speak comfortably, you are running within the recommended intensity guidelines. This subjective way of estimating one's exercise intensity by talking (i.e. the Talk Test) motivated us to investigate how speech characteristics are affected during running and whether it is possible to develop a more objective way of estimating exercise intensity levels while running through voice analysis. To this end, we developed the Talk & Run Speech database that contains speech recorded from people before, during, and after running. We present our database and show that it is possible to detect exercise intensity below or above the anaerobic threshold in speech during running with a performance of 73.5% and 60.0% (unweighted average recall) for female and male speakers respectively.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Interspeech
    Place of PublicationBaixas, France
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    Pages3705-3709
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
    Event16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2015 - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 6 Sep 201510 Sep 2015
    Conference number: 16
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    Publication series

    NameProceedings of Interspeech
    PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
    ISSN (Print)1990-9772

    Conference

    Conference16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2015
    Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH
    CountryGermany
    CityDresden
    Period6/09/1510/09/15
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    Keywords

    • EWI-26646
    • physical stress
    • speech database
    • Speaker state analysis
    • METIS-315133
    • talk test
    • Heart rate
    • IR-98916
    • exercise intensity

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    Truong, K. P., Nieuwenhuys, A., Beek, P., & Evers, V. (2015). A database for analysis of speech under physical stress: detection of exercise intensity while running and talking. In Proceedings of Interspeech (pp. 3705-3709). (Proceedings of Interspeech). Baixas, France: International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).