Machine learning for audio-visual kinship verification

Thesis event information

Date and time of the thesis defence

Place of the thesis defence

Auditorium IT116, Linnanmaa

Topic of the dissertation

Machine learning for audio-visual kinship verification

Doctoral candidate

Master of Science Xiaoting Wu

Faculty and unit

University of Oulu Graduate School, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis (CMVS)

Subject of study

Computer Science and Engineering


Professor Karen Eguiazarian, Tampere University


Associate Professor Miguel Bordallo López, University of Oulu

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Machine learning for audio-visual kinship verification

Human faces implicitly indicate the family linkage, showing the perceived facial resemblance in people who are biologically related. Psychological studies found that humans have the ability to discriminate the parent-child pairs from unrelated pairs, just by observing facial images. Inspired by this finding, automatic facial kinship verification has emerged in the field of computer vision and pattern recognition, and many advanced computational models have been developed to assess the facial similarity between kinship pairs. Compared to human perception ability, automatic kinship verification methods can effectively and objectively capture subtle kin similarities such as shape and color. While many efforts have been devoted to improving the verification performance from human faces, multimodal exploration of kinship verification has not been properly addressed.

This thesis proposes, for the first time, the combination of human faces and voices to verify kinship, which is referred to as audio-visual kinship verification, establishing the first comprehensive audio-visual kinship datasets, which consist of multiple videos of kin-related people speaking to the camera. Extensive experiments on these newly collected datasets are conducted, detailing the comparative performance of both audio and visual modalities and their combination using novel deep-learning fusion methods. The experimental results indicate the effectiveness of the proposed methods and that audio (voice) information is complementary and useful for the kinship verification problem.
Last updated: 23.1.2024