Thu-1-5-5 Quantification of Transducer Misalignment in Ultrasound Tongue Imaging

Tamás Gábor Csapó(Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics) and Kele Xu(National University of Defense Technology)
Abstract: In speech production research, different imaging modalities have been employed to obtain accurate information about the movement and shaping of the vocal tract. Ultrasound is an affordable and non-invasive imaging modality with relatively high temporal and spatial resolution to study the dynamic behavior of tongue during speech production. However, a long-standing problem for ultrasound tongue imaging is the transducer misalignment during longer data recording sessions. In this paper, we propose a simple, yet effective, misalignment quantification approach. The analysis employs MSE distance and two similarity measurement metrics to identify the relative displacement between the chin and the transducer. We visualize these measures as a function of the timestamp of the utterances. Extensive experiments are conducted on a Hungarian and Scottish English child dataset. The results suggest that large values of Mean Square Error (MSE) and small values of Structural Similarity Index (SSIM) and Complex Wavelet SSIM indicate corruptions or issues during the data recordings, which can either be caused by transducer misalignment or lack of gel.
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