INTERSPEECH 2008
9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

The Interspeech 2008 Consonant Challenge

Martin Cooke (1), Odette Scharenborg (2)

(1) University of Sheffield, UK; (2) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Listeners outperform automatic speech recognition systems at every level, including the very basic level of consonant identification. What is not clear is where the human advantage originates. Does the fault lie in the acoustic representations of speech or in the recognizer architecture, or in a lack of compatibility between the two? Many insights can be gained by carrying out a detailed human-machine comparison. The purpose of the Interspeech 2008 Consonant Challenge is to promote focused comparisons on a task involving intervocalic consonant identification in noise, with all participants using the same training and test data. This paper describes the Challenge, listener results and baseline ASR performance.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cooke, Martin / Scharenborg, Odette (2008): "The interspeech 2008 consonant challenge", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1765-1768.