11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Noise Robust Voice Activity Detection Using Features Extracted from the Time-Domain Autocorrelation Function

Houman Ghaemmaghami, Brendan Baker, Robert Vogt, Sridha Sridharan

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

This paper presents a method of voice activity detection (VAD) for high noise scenarios, using a noise robust voiced speech detection feature. The developed method is based on the fusion of two systems. The first system utilises the maximum peak of the normalised time-domain autocorrelation function (MaxPeak). The second system uses a novel combination of cross-correlation and zero-crossing rate of the normalised autocorrelation to approximate a measure of signal pitch and periodicity (CrossCorr) that is hypothesised to be noise robust. The score outputs by the two systems are then merged using weighted sum fusion to create the proposed autocorrelation zero-crossing rate (AZR) VAD. Accuracy of AZR was compared to state-of-the-art and standardised VAD methods and was shown to outperform the best performing system with an average relative improvement of 24.8% in half-total error rate (HTER) on the QUT-NOISE-TIMIT database created using real recordings from high-noise environments.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ghaemmaghami, Houman / Baker, Brendan / Vogt, Robert / Sridharan, Sridha (2010): "Noise robust voice activity detection using features extracted from the time-domain autocorrelation function", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 3118-3121.