Sharon Gannot (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) “A Hybrid Approach for Speech Enhancement Using MoG Model and Neural Network Phoneme Classifier”

March 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Hackerman Hall B17
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(Joint work with Shlomo E. Chazan and Jacob Goldberger)

In this work, we propose a hybrid approach for single microphone speech enhancement, merging the generative Mixture of Gaussians (MoG) model and the discriminative deep neural network (DNN). The proposed algorithm is executed in two phases: the training phase, which does not recur, and the test phase. First, the noise-free speech log power spectral density (PSD) is modeled as a MoG, representing the phoneme-based diversity in the speech signal. A DNN is then trained with phoneme labeled database of clean speech signals for phoneme classification, with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients (MFCC) as the input features. In the test phase, a noisy utterance of an untrained speech is processed. Given the phoneme classification results of the noisy speech utterance, a speech presence probability (SPP) is obtained using a combination of the generative and discriminative models. SPP-controlled attenuation is then applied to the noisy speech while simultaneously, updating the noise statistics. The discriminative DNN maintains the continuity of the speech and the generative phoneme-based MoG preserves the speech spectral structure.

Extensive experimental study using real speech and noise signals is provided, accompanied by audio demonstrations. We show that the proposed method significantly outperforms state-of-the-art competing methods.

If time permits, we will also explore another speech enhancement framework consisting multiple DNNs. This framework comprises a set of phoneme-specific DNNs (pDNNs), one for each phoneme, together with an additional phoneme-classification DNN (cDNN). The cDNN is responsible for determining the posterior probability that a specific phoneme was uttered. Concurrently, each of the pDNNs estimates a phoneme-specific speech presence probability (pSPP). The speech presence probability (SPP) is then calculated as a weighted averaging of the phoneme-specific pSPPs, with the weights determined by the posterior phoneme probability.


Sharon Gannot received his B.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel in 1986 and the M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees from Tel-Aviv University, Israel in 1995 and 2000 respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. In 2001 he held a post-doctoral position at the department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-SISTA) at K.U.Leuven, Belgium. From 2002 to 2003 he held a research and teaching position at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Currently, he is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where he is heading the Speech and Signal Processing laboratory and the Signal Processing Track.

Prof. Gannot is the recipient of Bar-Ilan University outstanding lecturer award for 2010 and 2014. He is also a co-recipient of seven best paper awards. Prof. Gannot has served as an Associate Editor of the EURASIP Journal of Advances in Signal Processing in 2003-2012, and as an Editor of several special issues on Multi-microphone Speech Processing of the same journal. He has also served as a guest editor of ELSEVIER Speech Communication and Signal Processing journals. Prof. Gannot has served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Speech, Audio and Language Processing in 2009-2013. Currently, he is a Senior Area Chair of the same journal. He also serves as a reviewer of many IEEE journals and conferences. Prof. Gannot is a member of the Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing (AASP) technical committee of the IEEE since Jan., 2010. Since Jan. 2017, he serves as the committee chair. He is also a member of the Technical and Steering committee of the International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC) since 2005 and was the general co-chair of IWAENC held at Tel-Aviv, Israel in August 2010. Prof. Gannot has served as the general co-chair of the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA) in October 2013. Prof. Gannot was selected (with colleagues) to present tutorial sessions in ICASSP 2012, EUSIPCO 2012, ICASSP 2013 and EUSIPCO 2013. Prof. Gannot research interests include multi-microphone speech processing and specifically distributed algorithms for ad hoc microphone arrays for noise reduction and speaker separation; dereverberation; single microphone speech enhancement and speaker localization and tracking.

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