COST278 and ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop (ITRW) on Robustness Issues in Conversational Interaction

University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
August 30-31, 2004

Towards Improving the Robustness of Distributed Speech Recognition in Packet Loss

Alastair James, Ben P. Milner

School of Computing Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

This work begins with an analysis into the effect of packet loss on the temporal components of the feature vector stream and its subsequent effect on recognition accuracy. Two methods of packet loss compensation are then compared. Reconstruction methods begin with interpolation and are extended to include prior statistical knowledge of the feature vector stream in the form of MAP estimation of lost vectors. Application of missing feature theory is also used to compensate for packet loss in the decoding phase of recognition. The feature vector is considered in terms of three temporal components, static, velocity and acceleration, and the reliability of these considered individually. Finally interleaving techniques are applied to reduce the perceived average burst lengths. Experimental results are then presented on the ETSI Aurora connected digit database.

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Bibliographic reference.  James, Alastair / Milner, Ben P. (2004): "Towards improving the robustness of distributed speech recognition in packet loss", In Robust2004, paper 42.