A Regression Model of Recurrent Deep Neural Networks for Noise Robust Estimation of the Fundamental Frequency Contour of Speech

Akihiro Kato, Tomi Kinnunen


The fundamental frequency (F0) contour of speech is a key aspect to represent speech prosody that finds use in speech and spoken language analysis such as voice conversion and speech synthesis as well as speaker and language identification. This work proposes new methods to estimate the F0 contour of speech using deep neural networks (DNNs) and recurrent neural networks (RNNs). They are trained using supervised learning with the ground truth of F0 contours. The latest prior research addresses this problem first as a frame-by-frame-classification problem followed by sequence tracking using deep neural network hidden Markov model (DNN-HMM) hybrid architecture. This study, however, tackles the problem as a regression problem instead, in order to obtain F0 contours with higher frequency resolution from clean an noisy speech. Experiments using PTDB-TUG corpus contaminated with additive noise (NOISEX-92) show the proposed method improves gross pitch error (GPE) by more than 25 % at signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) between -10 dB and +10 dB as compared with one of the most noise-robust F0 trackers, PEFAC. Furthermore, the performance on fine pitch error (FPE) is improved by approximately 20 % against a state-of-the-art DNN-HMM-based approach.


 DOI: 10.21437/Odyssey.2018-39

Cite as: Kato, A., Kinnunen, T. (2018) A Regression Model of Recurrent Deep Neural Networks for Noise Robust Estimation of the Fundamental Frequency Contour of Speech. Proc. Odyssey 2018 The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop, 275-282, DOI: 10.21437/Odyssey.2018-39.


@inproceedings{Kato2018,
  author={Akihiro Kato and Tomi Kinnunen},
  title={A Regression Model of Recurrent Deep Neural Networks for Noise Robust Estimation of the Fundamental Frequency Contour of Speech},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. Odyssey 2018 The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop},
  pages={275--282},
  doi={10.21437/Odyssey.2018-39},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Odyssey.2018-39}
}