ESSV Konferenz Elektronische Sprachsignalverarbeitung

Title: A Robust Voice Activity Detection for Real-Time Automatic Speech Recognition

Authors: Omid Ghahabi, Wei Zhou, Volker Fischer


Voice Activity Detection (VAD), locating speech segments within an au- dio recording, is a main part of most speech technology applications. Non-speech segments, e.g., silence, noise, and music, usually do not carry any interesting infor- mation in speech recognition applications and they even degrade the performance of the recognition system in terms of both the accuracy and computational cost. Various VAD techniques have been developed, but not all of them are appropriate for a real-time application where the robustness, accuracy, and the processing time are the main keys. In this paper, we propose a fast and robust VAD for a real-time Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) task. The main goal is to efficiently filter out the non-speech segments before processing the speech segments of the audio signal by the decoder. The proposed technique is a hybrid supervised/unsupervised model based on zero-order Baum-Welch statistics obtained from a Universal Back- ground Model (UBM).We will show that not only the processing time for the whole speech recognition task is decreased by 39%, but also the Word Error Rate (WER) is reduced by about 1.9% relative.

Year: 2018
In session: Poster
Pages: 85 to 91