14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Improving Robustness to Compressed Speech in Speaker Recognition

Mitchell McLaren (1), Victor Abrash (1), Martin Graciarena (1), Yun Lei (1), Jan Pešán (2)

(1) SRI International, USA
(2) Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

The goal of this paper is to analyze the impact of codec-degraded speech on a state-of-the-art speaker recognition system and pro- pose mitigation techniques. Several acoustic features are analyzed, including the standard Mel filterbank cepstral coefficients (MFCC), as well as the noise-robust medium duration modulation cepstrum (MDMC) and power normalized cepstral coefficients (PNCC), to determine whether robustness to noise generalizes to audio compression. Using a speaker recognition system based on i-vectors and probabilistic linear discriminant analysis (PLDA), we compared four PLDA training scenarios. The first involves training PLDA on clean data, the second included additional noisy and reverberant speech, a third introduces transcoded data matched to the evaluation conditions and the fourth, using codec-degraded speech mismatched to the evaluation conditions. We found that robustness to compressed speech was marginally improved by exposing PLDA to noisy and reverberant speech, with little improvement using trancoded speech in PLDA based on codecs mismatched to the evaluation conditions. Noise-robust features offered a degree of robustness to compressed speech while more significant improvements occurred when PLDA had observed the codec matching the evaluation conditions. Finally, we tested i-vector fusion from the different features, which increased overall system performance but did not improve robustness to codec-degraded speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  McLaren, Mitchell / Abrash, Victor / Graciarena, Martin / Lei, Yun / Pešán, Jan (2013): "Improving robustness to compressed speech in speaker recognition", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 3698-3702.