The goal of the NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation (SRE) series is to contribute to the direction of research efforts and the calibration of technical capabilities of text independent speaker recognition. The overarching objective of the evaluations has always been to drive the technology forward, to measure the state-of-the-art, and to find the most promising algorithmic approaches.
To this end, NIST has been coordinating Speaker Recognition Evaluations since 1996. Since then over 70 organizations have participated in our evaluations. Each year new researchers in industry and academia are encouraged to participate. Collaboration between universities and industries is also welcomed.
Each evaluation begins with the announcement of the official evaluation plan which clearly states the tasks, data, performance metric, and participation rules involved with the evaluation. The evaluation culminates with a follow-up workshop, where NIST reports the official results along with analyses of performance, and researchers share and discuss their findings with NIST and one another.