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Localization guided speech separation

Sunit Sivasankaran 1
1 MULTISPEECH - Speech Modeling for Facilitating Oral-Based Communication
Inria Nancy - Grand Est, LORIA - NLPKD - Department of Natural Language Processing & Knowledge Discovery
Abstract : Voice based personal assistants are part of our daily lives. Their performance suffers in the presence of signal distortions, such as noise, reverberation, and competing speakers. This thesis addresses the problem of extracting the signal of interest in such challenging conditions by first localizing the target speaker and using the location to extract the target speech. In a first stage, a common situation is considered when the target speaker utters a known word or sentence such as the wake-up word of a distant-microphone voice command system. A method that exploits this text information in order to improve the speaker localization performance in the presence of competing speakers is proposed. The proposed solution uses a speech recognition system to align the wake-up word to the corrupted speech signal. A model spectrum representing the aligned phones is used to compute an identifier which is then used by a deep neural network to localize the target speaker. Results on simulated data show that the proposed method reduces the localization error rate compared to the classical GCC-PHAT method. Similar improvements are observed on real data. Given the estimated location of the target speaker, speech separation is performed in three stages. In the first stage, a simple delay-and-sum (DS) beamformer is used to enhance the signal impinging from that location which is then used in the second stage to estimate a time-frequency mask corresponding to the localized speaker using a neural network. This mask is used to compute the second-order statistics and to derive an adaptive beamformer in the third stage. A multichannel, multispeaker, reverberated, noisy dataset --- inspired from the famous WSJ0-2mix dataset --- was generated and the performance of the proposed pipeline was investigated in terms of the word error rate (WER). To make the system robust to localization errors, a Speaker LOcalization Guided Deflation (SLOGD) based approach which estimates the sources iteratively is proposed. At each iteration the location of one speaker is estimated and used to estimate a mask corresponding to that speaker. The estimated source is removed from the mixture before estimating the location and mask of the next source. The proposed method is shown to outperform Conv-TasNet. Finally, we consider the problem of explaining the robustness of neural networks used to compute time-frequency masks to mismatched noise conditions. We employ the so-called SHAP method to quantify the contribution of every time-frequency bin in the input signal to the estimated time-frequency mask. We define a metric that summarizes the SHAP values and show that it correlates with the WER achieved on separated speech. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first known study on neural network explainability in the context of speech separation.
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Sunit Sivasankaran. Localization guided speech separation. Machine Learning [cs.LG]. Université de Lorraine, 2020. English. ⟨NNT : 2020LORR0078⟩. ⟨tel-02961882⟩



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