Distant speech processing for smart home: comparison of ASR approaches in scattered microphone network for voice command

Distant speech processing for smart home: comparison of ASR approaches in scattered microphone... Voice command in multi-room smart homes for assisting people in loss of autonomy in their daily activities faces several challenges, one of them being the distant condition which impacts ASR performance. This paper presents an overview of multiple techniques for fusion of multi-source audio (pre, middle, post fusion) for automatic speech recognition for in-home voice command. The robustness of the models of speech is obtained by adaptation to the environment and to the task. Experi- ments are based on several publicly available realistic datasets with participants enacting activities of daily life. The corpora were recorded in natural condition, meaning background noise is sporadic, so there is no extensive background noise in the data. The smart home is equipped with one or two microphones in each room, the distance between them being larger than 1 m. An evaluation of the most suited techniques improves voice command recognition at the decoding level, by using multiple sources and model adaptation. Although Word Error Rate (WER) is between 26 and 40%, Domotic Error Rate (identical to the WER, but at the level of the voice command) is less than 5.8% for deep neural network models, the method using Feature space Maximum Likelihood Linear http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Speech Technology Springer Journals

Distant speech processing for smart home: comparison of ASR approaches in scattered microphone network for voice command

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Springer US
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Engineering; Signal,Image and Speech Processing; Social Sciences, general; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics)
ISSN
1381-2416
eISSN
1572-8110
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10772-018-9520-y
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Abstract

Voice command in multi-room smart homes for assisting people in loss of autonomy in their daily activities faces several challenges, one of them being the distant condition which impacts ASR performance. This paper presents an overview of multiple techniques for fusion of multi-source audio (pre, middle, post fusion) for automatic speech recognition for in-home voice command. The robustness of the models of speech is obtained by adaptation to the environment and to the task. Experi- ments are based on several publicly available realistic datasets with participants enacting activities of daily life. The corpora were recorded in natural condition, meaning background noise is sporadic, so there is no extensive background noise in the data. The smart home is equipped with one or two microphones in each room, the distance between them being larger than 1 m. An evaluation of the most suited techniques improves voice command recognition at the decoding level, by using multiple sources and model adaptation. Although Word Error Rate (WER) is between 26 and 40%, Domotic Error Rate (identical to the WER, but at the level of the voice command) is less than 5.8% for deep neural network models, the method using Feature space Maximum Likelihood Linear

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International Journal of Speech TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 2, 2018

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