EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Use of Real and Contaminated Speech for Training of a Hands-Free In-Car Speech Recognizer

M. Matassoni, M. Omologo, P. Svaizer

ITC-Irst, Italy

A database of in-car speech for the Italian language was collected under the European projects SpeechDatCar and VODIS II. It consists of 600 sessions recorded under various noise and driving conditions and includes close-talk signals and far microphone signals for hands-free interaction. This paper describes some recognition experiments on two tasks conceived on a portion of this database: connected digit sequences and isolated command words. Recognition rate achieved by means of HMMs trained on real in-car speech is compared with that accomplished by a speech contamination approach, which aims at simulating in-car data starting from a clean speech corpus. Recognition performance is also analyzed as a function of the different noise conditions and of the consequent SNR at the far microphones. Finally, the effect of HMM adaptation is investigated in order to tune the recognizer on the conditions of the various sessions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Matassoni, M. / Omologo, M. / Svaizer, P. (2001): "Use of real and contaminated speech for training of a hands-free in-car speech recognizer", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 1569-1572.