8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Rapid On-line Environment Compensation for Server - Based Speech Recognition in Noisy Mobile Environments

Juan Huerta, Etienne Marcheret, Sreeram Balakrishnan

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

We present a rapid compensation technique aimed at reducing the detrimental effect of environmental noise and channel on server based mobile speech recognition. It solves two key problems for such systems: firstly how to accurately separate non-speech events (or background noise) from noise introduced by network artifacts; secondly how to reduce the latency created by the extra computation required for a codebook-based linear channel compensation technique. We address the first problem by modifying an existing energy based endpoint-detection algorithm to provide segment-type information to the compensation module. We tackle the latency issue with a codebook based scheme by employing a tree structured vector quantization technique with dynamic thresholds to avoid the computation of all codewords. Our technique is evaluated using a speech-in-car database at 3 different speeds. Our results show that our method leads to a 8.7% reduction in error rate and 35% reduction in computational cost.

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Bibliographic reference.  Huerta, Juan / Marcheret, Etienne / Balakrishnan, Sreeram (2004): "Rapid on-line environment compensation for server - based speech recognition in noisy mobile environments", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 1653-1656.