Robust Speech Recognition: Analysis and Equalization of Lombard Effect in Czech Corpora (2008)
Abstract / truncated to 115 words
When exposed to noise, speakers will modify the way they speak in an effort to maintain intelligible communication. This process, which is referred to as Lombard effect (LE), involves a combination of both conscious and subconscious articulatory adjustment. Speech production variations due to LE can cause considerable degradation in automatic speech recognition (ASR) since they introduce a mismatch between parameters of the speech to be recognized and the ASR system’s acoustic models, which are usually trained on neutral speech. The main objective of this thesis is to analyze the impact of LE on speech production and to propose methods that increase ASR system performance in LE. All presented experiments were conducted on the Czech spoken ... toggle 6 keywordsautomatic speech recognition – ASR – lombard effect – feature normalization – frequency warping – model adaptation
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