Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering

Committee Member

Dr. John Gowdy

Committee Member

Dr. Robert Schalkoff

Committee Member

Dr. Carl Baum


Lip reading is the recognition of spoken words from the visual information of lips. It has been of considerable interest in the Computer Vision and Speech Recognition communities to automate this process using computer algorithms. In this thesis, we have developed a novel method involving describing visual features using fixed length descriptors called Histogram of Oriented Displacements to which we apply Support Vector Machines for recognition of spoken words. Using this method on the CUAVE database we have achieved a recognition rate of 81%.