End-to-End Domain-Adversarial Voice Activity Detection

Marvin Lavechin, Marie-Philippe Gill, Ruben Bousbib, Hervé Bredin, Leibny Paola Garcia-Perera


Voice activity detection is the task of detecting speech regions in a given audio stream or recording. First, we design a neural network combining trainable filters and recurrent layers to tackle voice activity detection directly from the waveform. Experiments on the challenging DIHARD dataset show that the proposed end-to-end model reaches state-of-the-art performance and outperforms a variant where trainable filters are replaced by standard cepstral coefficients. Our second contribution aims at making the proposed voice activity detection model robust to domain mismatch. To that end, a domain classification branch is added to the network and trained in an adversarial manner. The same DIHARD dataset, drawn from 11 different domains is used for evaluation under two scenarios. In the in-domain scenario where the training and test sets cover the exact same domains, we show that the domain-adversarial approach does not degrade performance of the proposed end-to-end model. In the out-domain scenario where the test domain is different from training domains, it brings a relative improvement of more than 10%. Finally, our last contribution is the provision of a fully reproducible open-source pipeline than can be easily adapted to other datasets.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2285

Cite as: Lavechin, M., Gill, M., Bousbib, R., Bredin, H., Garcia-Perera, L.P. (2020) End-to-End Domain-Adversarial Voice Activity Detection. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 3685-3689, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2285.


@inproceedings{Lavechin2020,
  author={Marvin Lavechin and Marie-Philippe Gill and Ruben Bousbib and Hervé Bredin and Leibny Paola Garcia-Perera},
  title={{End-to-End Domain-Adversarial Voice Activity Detection}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={3685--3689},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2285},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-2285}
}