Comprehensive modulation representation for automatic speech recognition

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Conference Proceeding

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We present a new feature representation for speech recognition based on both amplitude modulation spectra (AMS) and frequency modulation spectra (FMS). A comprehensive modulation spectral (CMS) approach is defined and analyzed based on a modulation model of the band-pass signal. The speech signal is processed first by a bank of specially designed auditory band-pass filters. CMS are extracted from the output of the filters as the features for automatic speech recognition (ASR). A significant improvement is demonstrated in performance on noisy speech. On the Aurora 2 task the new features result in an improvement of 23.43% relative to traditional mel-cepstrum front-end features using a 3 GMM HMM back-end. Although the improvements are relatively modest, the novelty of the method and its potential for performance enhancement warrants serious attention for future-generation ASR applications.

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9th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

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