8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Method of LP-Based Blind Restoration for Improving Intelligibility of Bone-Conducted Speech

Thang Vu Tat, Germine Seide, Masashi Unoki, Masato Akagi

JAIST, Japan

Bone-conducted (BC) speech in an extremely noisy environment is stable against surrounding noise so that it may be able to be used instead of air-conducted (AC) speech for communication. However, it has very poor sound quality and its intelligibility is degraded when transmitted through bone conduction. Therefore, voice-quality and the intelligibility of BC speech need to be blindly improved in actual speech communication and this is a challenging new topic in the speech signal-processing field. We proposed an LP-based model to restore BC speech to improve its voice-quality in a previous study. While other methods such as Long-term Fourier transform need to use numerous AC speech parameters to restore BC speech, the proposed model can blindly restore BC speech by predicting BC-LP coefficients from AC-LP coefficients. We improved the proposed model by (1) extending long-term processing to frame-basis processing, (2) using LSF coefficients on LP representation, and (3) using a recurrent neural network for predicting parameters. We evaluated the improved model in comparison with other models to find out whether the model could adequately improve voice quality and the intelligibility of BC speech, using objective measures (LSD, MCD, and LCD) and carrying out Modified Rhyme Tests (MRTs). An evaluation of these three improvements to the LP-based model proved the practicability of blind-BC restoration.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tat, Thang Vu / Seide, Germine / Unoki, Masashi / Akagi, Masato (2007): "Method of LP-based blind restoration for improving intelligibility of bone-conducted speech", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 966-969.