Deep Learning Based Dereverberation of Temporal Envelopes for Robust Speech Recognition

Anurenjan Purushothaman, Anirudh Sreeram, Rohit Kumar, Sriram Ganapathy


Automatic speech recognition in reverberant conditions is a challenging task as the long-term envelopes of the reverberant speech are temporally smeared. In this paper, we propose a neural model for enhancement of sub-band temporal envelopes for dereverberation of speech. The temporal envelopes are derived using the autoregressive modeling framework of frequency domain linear prediction (FDLP). The neural enhancement model proposed in this paper performs an envelop gain based enhancement of temporal envelopes and it consists of a series of convolutional and recurrent neural network layers. The enhanced sub-band envelopes are used to generate features for automatic speech recognition (ASR). The ASR experiments are performed on the REVERB challenge dataset as well as the CHiME-3 dataset. In these experiments, the proposed neural enhancement approach provides significant improvements over a baseline ASR system with beamformed audio (average relative improvements of 21% on the development set and about 11% on the evaluation set in word error rates for REVERB challenge dataset).


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2283

Cite as: Purushothaman, A., Sreeram, A., Kumar, R., Ganapathy, S. (2020) Deep Learning Based Dereverberation of Temporal Envelopes for Robust Speech Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 1688-1692, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2283.


@inproceedings{Purushothaman2020,
  author={Anurenjan Purushothaman and Anirudh Sreeram and Rohit Kumar and Sriram Ganapathy},
  title={{Deep Learning Based Dereverberation of Temporal Envelopes for Robust Speech Recognition}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={1688--1692},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2283},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2283}
}