This paper addresses the problem of voice activity detection for distant-talking speech recognition in noisy and reverberant environment. The proposed algorithm is based on the same Cross-power Spectrum Phase analysis that is used for talker location and tracking purposes. A normalized feature is derived, which is shown to be more effective than an energy-based one. The algorithm exploits that feature by dynamically updating the threshold as a non-linear average value computed during the preceding pause. Given a real multichannel database, recorded with the speaker at 2.5 meter distance from the microphones, experiments show that the proposed algorithm provides a relevant relative error rate reduction.

Use of a CSP-based voice activity detector for distant-talking ASR

Armani, Luca;Matassoni, Marco;Omologo, Maurizio;Svaizer, Piergiorgio
2003

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This paper addresses the problem of voice activity detection for distant-talking speech recognition in noisy and reverberant environment. The proposed algorithm is based on the same Cross-power Spectrum Phase analysis that is used for talker location and tracking purposes. A normalized feature is derived, which is shown to be more effective than an energy-based one. The algorithm exploits that feature by dynamically updating the threshold as a non-linear average value computed during the preceding pause. Given a real multichannel database, recorded with the speaker at 2.5 meter distance from the microphones, experiments show that the proposed algorithm provides a relevant relative error rate reduction.
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