Graduate School and Research Center in Digital Sciences

Nicholas EVANS

Nicholas EVANS
Nicholas EVANS
Eurecom - Digital Security 
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Current research topics

  • Speaker recognition
  • Anti-spoofing
  • Presentation attack detection
  • Privacy preservation
  • Biometrics

Current research interests

  • His current research interests include : speaker recognition, anti-spoofing, presentation attack detection, privacy preservation, biometrics

  • Over recent years he has participated, with notable success, in the internationally competitive Rich Transcription Evaluations in speaker diarization that are administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST) in the US.

  • He coordinated work in speaker recognition for the EU FP7 "TABULA RASA" project (grant agreement number 257289) and the joint-national "Adaptable Ambient Living Assistant" (ALIAS) project, co-funded by the EU and the national French Research Agency (ANR) through the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) program (ref: AAL-2009-2-049)

Current research memberships

  • Co-founder of the ASVspoof initiative, the Automatic Speaker Verification Spoofing and Countermeasures Challenge (
  • He is a member of AFCP, ISCA, EURASIP, IEEE and its Signal Processing Society (SPS) and currently serves on its "Speech and Language Technical Committee".
  • He is the lead guest editor for the "IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security" special issue on Biometric Spoofing and Countermeasures and the "IEEE Signal Processing Magazine" special issue on Biometric Security and Privacy, both due for publication in 2015.
  • He currently serves as an associate editor for the "EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech and Music Processing", was co-chair for IWAENC 2014 and is technical program co-chair for EUSIPCO 2015.

Selected publications



  • Best System Award IberSpeech 2018 Albayzin Challenges - Speaker Diarization Open Condition with Patino, Jose; Delgado, Héctor; Yin, Ruiqing; Bredin, Hervé; Barras; Claude; Evans, Nicholas, ODESSA at Albayzin speaker diarization challenge 2018 (IBERSPEECH 2018)

  • In June 2016, he has received with his co-authors Massimiliano Todisco and Hector Delgado, the Best Paper Award for their paper "A new feature for automatic speaker verification anti-spoofing: Constant Q cepstral coefficients" (Odyssey 2016).

  • In Novembre 2013, he has received with his co-authors Xuran Zhao and Jean-Luc Dugelay, the Best Student Paper Award for the article "Unsupervised multi-view dimensionality reduction with application to audio-visual speaker retrieval".

  • He was elected to the IEEE Speech and Language Technical Committee in 2013.