SRI Authors: Aaron Lawson, Mitchell McLaren
This paper proposes two novel frontends for robust language identification (LID) using a convolutional neural network (CNN) trained for automatic speech recognition (ASR). In the CNN/i-vector frontend, the CNN is used to obtain the posterior probabilities for i-vector training and extraction instead of a universal background model (UBM). The CNN/posterior frontend is somewhat similar to a phonetic system in that the occupation counts of (tied) triphone states (senones) given by the CNN are used for classification. They are compressed to a low dimensional vector using probabilistic principal component analysis (PPCA). Evaluated on heavily degraded speech data, the proposed front ends provide significant improvements of up to 50% on average equal error rate compared to a UBM/i-vector baseline. Moreover, the proposed frontends are complementary and give significant gains of up to 20% relative to the best single system when combined.