8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

A Robust Mel-Scale Subband Voice Activity Detector for a Car Platform

A. Álvarez, R. Martínez, P. Gómez, V. Nieto, V. Rodellar

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Voice-controlled devices provide a smart solution to operate add-on appliances in a car. Although, speech recognition appears as a key technology to produce useful end-user interfaces, the amount of acoustic disturbances existing in automotive platforms usually prevents satisfactory results. In most of the cases, noise reduction techniques involving a Voice Activity Detector (VAD) are required. Through this paper, a robust method for speech detection under the influence of noise and reverberation in an automobile environment is proposed. This method determines a consistent speech/non-speech discrimination by means of a set of Order-Statistics Filters (OSFs) applied to the log-energies associated to a mel-scale based subband division. The paper also includes an extensive performance evaluation of the algorithm using AURORA3 database recordings. According to our simulation results, the proposed algorithm shows on average a significantly better performance than standard VADs such as ITU-G.729B, GSM-AMR or ETSI-AFE, and other recently reported methods.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Álvarez, A. / Martínez, R. / Gómez, P. / Nieto, V. / Rodellar, V. (2007): "A robust mel-scale subband voice activity detector for a car platform", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 226-229.