Medium-Duration Modulation Cepstral Feature for Robust Speech Recognition

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Mitra, V., Franco, H., Graciarena, M., & Vergyri, D. (2014, 4-9 May). Medium-duration modulation cepstral feature for robust speech recognition. Paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP’14), Florence, Italy.


Studies have shown that the performance of state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems significantly deteriorate with increased noise levels and channel degradations, when compared to human speech recognition capability. Traditionally, noise-robust acoustic features are deployed to improve speech recognition performance under varying background conditions to compensate for the performance degradations. In this paper, we present the Modulation of Medium Duration Speech Amplitude (MMeDuSA) feature, which is a composite feature capturing subband speech modulations and a summary modulation. We analyze MMeDuSA’s speech recognition performance using SRI International’s DECIPHER® large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) system, on noise and channel degraded Levantine Arabic speech distributed through the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robust Automatic Speech Transcription (RATS) program. We also analyzed MMeDuSA’s performance against the Aurora-4 noise-and-channel degraded English corpus. Our results from all these experiments suggest that the proposed MMeDuSA feature improved recognition performance under both noisy and channel degraded conditions in almost all the recognition tasks.

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