ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021

A Study into Pre-Training Strategies for Spoken Language Understanding on Dysarthric Speech

Pu Wang, Bagher BabaAli, Hugo Van hamme

End-to-end (E2E) spoken language understanding (SLU) systems avoid an intermediate textual representation by mapping speech directly into intents with slot values. This approach requires considerable domain-specific training data. In low-resource scenarios this is a major concern, e.g., in the present study dealing with SLU for dysarthric speech. Pretraining part of the SLU model for automatic speech recognition targets helps but no research has shown to which extent SLU on dysarthric speech benefits from knowledge transferred from other dysarthric speech tasks. This paper investigates the efficiency of pre-training strategies for SLU tasks on dysarthric speech. The designed SLU system consists of a TDNN acoustic model for feature encoding and a capsule network for intent and slot decoding. The acoustic model is pre-trained in two stages: initialization with a corpus of normal speech and finetuning on a mixture of dysarthric and normal speech. By introducing the intelligibility score as a metric of the impairment severity, this paper quantitatively analyzes the relation between generalization and pathology severity for dysarthric speech.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1720

Cite as: Wang, P., BabaAli, B., Van hamme, H. (2021) A Study into Pre-Training Strategies for Spoken Language Understanding on Dysarthric Speech. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 36-40, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1720

@inproceedings{wang21_interspeech,
  author={Pu Wang and Bagher BabaAli and Hugo {Van hamme}},
  title={{A Study into Pre-Training Strategies for Spoken Language Understanding on Dysarthric Speech}},
  year=2021,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2021},
  pages={36--40},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1720}
}