5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Voice Activity Detection Using Source Separation Techniques

Nikos Doukas, Patrick Naylor, Tania Stathaki

Signal Processing Section, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, UK

A novel Voice Activity Detector is presented that is based on Source Separation techniques applied to single sensor signals. It offers very accurate estimation of the endpoints in very low Signal to Noise ratio conditions, while maintaining low complexity. Since the procedure is totally iterative, it is suitable for use in real-time applications and is capable of operating in dynamically adapting situations. Results are presented for both White Gaussian and Car Engine background noise. The performance of the new technique is compared with that of the GSM Voice Activity Detector.

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Bibliographic reference.  Doukas, Nikos / Naylor, Patrick / Stathaki, Tania (1997): "Voice activity detection using source separation techniques", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 1099-1102.