Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Speech Activity Detection Fusing Acoustic Phonetic and Energy Features

Etienne Marcheret, Karthik Visweswariah, Gerasimos Potamianos

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

With the wider deployment of automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems, the importance of robust speech activity detection has been elevated both as a means of reducing bandwidth in client/server ASR and for overall system stability from barge-in through the recognition process. In this paper we investigate a novel technique for speech activity detection, that we have found to be effective in handling non-stationary noise events without negatively impacting the recognition process. This technique is based on combining acoustic phonetic likelihood based features with energy features extracted from the signal waveform. Reported results on two speech activity detection tasks demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms techniques which rely solely on acoustic or energy features.

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Bibliographic reference.  Marcheret, Etienne / Visweswariah, Karthik / Potamianos, Gerasimos (2005): "Speech activity detection fusing acoustic phonetic and energy features", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 241-244.