16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Using Audio and Visual Information for Single Channel Speaker Separation

Faheem Khan, Ben Milner

University of East Anglia, UK

This work proposes a method to exploit both audio and visual speech information to extract a target speaker from a mixture of competing speakers. The work begins by taking an effective audio-only method of speaker separation, namely the soft mask method, and modifying its operation to allow visual speech information to improve the separation process. The audio input is taken from a single channel and includes the mixture of speakers, and a separate set of visual features is extracted from each speaker. This allows modification of the separation process to include not only the audio speech but also visual speech from each speaker in the mixture. Experimental results are presented that compare the proposed audio-visual speaker separation with audio-only and visual-only methods using both speech quality and speech intelligibility metrics.

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Bibliographic reference.  Khan, Faheem / Milner, Ben (2015): "Using audio and visual information for single channel speaker separation", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 1517-1521.