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Section: Research Program

Speech in its environment

The themes covered by this research axis correspond to the acoustic environment analysis, to speech enhancement and noise robustness, and to linguistic and semantic processing.

Acoustic environment analysis

Audio scene analysis is key to characterize the environment in which spoken communication may take place. We will investigate audio event detection methods that exploit both strongly/weakly labeled and unlabeled data, operate in real-world conditions, can discover novel events, and provide a semantic interpretation. We will keep working on source localization in the presence of nearby acoustic reflectors. We will also pursue our effort at the interface of room acoustics to blindly estimate room properties and develop acoustics-aware signal processing methods. Beyond spoken communication, this has many applications to surveillance, robot audition, building acoustics, and augmented reality.

Speech enhancement and noise robustness

We will pursue speech enhancement methods targeting several distortions (echo, reverberation, noise, overlapping speech) for both speech and speaker recognition applications, and extend them to ad-hoc arrays made of the microphones available in our daily life using multi-view learning. We will also continue to explore statistical signal models beyond the usual zero-mean complex Gaussian model in the time-frequency domain, e.g., deep generative models of the signal phase. Robust acoustic modeling will be achieved by learning domain-invariant representations or performing unsupervised domain adaptation on the one hand, and by extending our uncertainty-aware approach to more advanced (e.g., nongaussian) uncertainty models and accounting for the additional uncertainty due to short utterances on the other hand, with application to speaker and language recognition “in the wild”.

Linguistic and semantic processing

We will seek to address robust speech recognition by exploiting word/sentence embeddings carrying semantic information and combining them with acoustical uncertainty to rescore the recognizer outputs. We will also combine semantic content analysis with text obfuscation models (similar to the label noise models to be investigated for weakly supervised training of speech recognition) for the task of detecting and classifying (hateful, aggressive, insulting, ironic, neutral, etc.) hate speech in social media.