Guided Source Separation Meets a Strong ASR Backend: Hitachi/Paderborn University Joint Investigation for Dinner Party ASR

Naoyuki Kanda, Christoph Boeddeker, Jens Heitkaemper, Yusuke Fujita, Shota Horiguchi, Kenji Nagamatsu, Reinhold Haeb-Umbach


In this paper, we present Hitachi and Paderborn University’s joint effort for automatic speech recognition (ASR) in a dinner party scenario. The main challenges of ASR systems for dinner party recordings obtained by multiple microphone arrays are (1) heavy speech overlaps, (2) severe noise and reverberation, (3) very natural conversational content, and possibly (4) insufficient training data. As an example of a dinner party scenario, we have chosen the data presented during the CHiME-5 speech recognition challenge, where the baseline ASR had a 73.3% word error rate (WER), and even the best performing system at the CHiME-5 challenge had a 46.1% WER. We extensively investigated a combination of the guided source separation-based speech enhancement technique and an already proposed strong ASR backend and found that a tight combination of these techniques provided substantial accuracy improvements. Our final system achieved WERs of 39.94% and 41.64% for the development and evaluation data, respectively, both of which are the best published results for the dataset. We also investigated with additional training data on the official small data in the CHiME-5 corpus to assess the intrinsic difficulty of this ASR task.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1167

Cite as: Kanda, N., Boeddeker, C., Heitkaemper, J., Fujita, Y., Horiguchi, S., Nagamatsu, K., Haeb-Umbach, R. (2019) Guided Source Separation Meets a Strong ASR Backend: Hitachi/Paderborn University Joint Investigation for Dinner Party ASR. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 1248-1252, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1167.


@inproceedings{Kanda2019,
  author={Naoyuki Kanda and Christoph Boeddeker and Jens Heitkaemper and Yusuke Fujita and Shota Horiguchi and Kenji Nagamatsu and Reinhold Haeb-Umbach},
  title={{Guided Source Separation Meets a Strong ASR Backend: Hitachi/Paderborn University Joint Investigation for Dinner Party ASR}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={1248--1252},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1167},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1167}
}