We propose a simple method for automatic speech recognition (ASR) by fine-tuning BERT, which is a language model (LM) trained on large-scale unlabeled text data and can generate rich contextual representations. Our assumption is that given a history context sequence, a powerful LM can narrow the range of possible choices and the speech signal can be used as a simple clue. Hence, comparing to conventional ASR systems that train a powerful acoustic model (AM) from scratch, we believe that speech recognition is possible by simply fine-tuning a BERT model. As an initial study, we demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed idea on the AISHELL dataset and show that stacking a very simple AM on top of BERT can yield reasonable performance.
The majority of existing speech emotion recognition models are trained and evaluated on a single corpus and a single language setting. These systems do not perform as well when applied in a cross-corpus and cross-language scenario. This paper presents results for speech emotion recognition for 4 languages in both single corpus and cross corpus setting. Additionally, since multi-task learning (MTL) with gender, naturalness and arousal as auxiliary tasks has shown to enhance the generalisation capabilities of the emotion models, this paper introduces language ID as another auxiliary task in MTL framework to explore the role of spoken language on emotion recognition which has not been studied yet.
Depression is a common mental disorder worldwide which causes a range of serious outcomes. The diagnosis of depression relies on patient-reported scales and psychiatrist interview which may lead to subjective bias. In recent years, more and more researchers are devoted to depression recognition in speech , which may be an effective and objective indicator. This study proposes a new speech segment fusion method based on decision tree to improve the depression recognition accuracy and conducts a validation on a sample of 52 subjects (23 depressed patients and 29 healthy controls). The recognition accuracy are 75.8% and 68.5% for male and female respectively on gender-dependent models. It can be concluded from the data that the proposed decision tree model can improve the depression classification performance.
This paper introduces the performance evaluation of statistical approaches for TextIndependent speaker recognition system using source feature. Linear prediction LP residual is used as a representation of excitation information in speech. The speaker-specific information in the excitation of voiced speech is captured using statistical approaches such as Gaussian Mixture Models GMMs and Hidden Markov Models HMMs. The decrease in the error during training and recognizing speakers during testing phase close to 100 percent accuracy demonstrates that the excitation component of speech contains speaker-specific information and is indeed being effectively captured by continuous Ergodic HMM than GMM. The performance of the speaker recognition system is evaluated on GMM and 2 state ergodic HMM with different mixture components and test speech duration. We demonstrate the speaker recognition studies on TIMIT database for both GMM and Ergodic HMM.
This technical report describes the methods and results of a three-week sprint to produce deployable speech recognition models for 31 under-served languages of the Common Voice project. We outline the preprocessing steps, hyperparameter selection, and resulting accuracy on official testing sets. In addition to this we evaluate the models on multiple tasks: closed-vocabulary speech recognition, pre-transcription, forced alignment, and key-word spotting. The following experiments use Coqui STT, a toolkit for training and deployment of neural Speech-to-Text models.
This work presents a scalable solution to open-vocabulary visual speech recognition. To achieve this, we constructed the largest existing visual speech recognition dataset, consisting of pairs of text and video clips of faces speaking (3,886 hours of video). In tandem, we designed and trained an integrated lipreading system, consisting of a video processing pipeline that maps raw video to stable videos of lips and sequences of phonemes, a scalable deep neural network that maps the lip videos to sequences of phoneme distributions, and a production-level speech decoder that outputs sequences of words. The proposed system achieves a word error rate (WER) of 40.9% as measured on a held-out set. In comparison, professional lipreaders achieve either 86.4% or 92.9% WER on the same dataset when having access to additional types of contextual information. Our approach significantly improves on other lipreading approaches, including variants of LipNet and of Watch, Attend, and Spell (WAS), which are only capable of 89.8% and 76.8% WER respectively.
In this paper, we propose a domain adversarial training (DAT) algorithm to alleviate the accented speech recognition problem. In order to reduce the mismatch between labeled source domain data ("standard" accent) and unlabeled target domain data (with heavy accents), we augment the learning objective for a Kaldi TDNN network with a domain adversarial training (DAT) objective to encourage the model to learn accent-invariant features. In experiments with three Mandarin accents, we show that DAT yields up to 7.45% relative character error rate reduction when we do not have transcriptions of the accented speech, compared with the baseline trained on standard accent data only. We also find a benefit from DAT when used in combination with training from automatic transcriptions on the accented data. Furthermore, we find that DAT is superior to multi-task learning for accented speech recognition.
Recent analysis on speech emotion recognition has made considerable advances with the use of MFCCs spectrogram features and the implementation of neural network approaches such as convolutional neural networks (CNNs). Capsule networks (CapsNet) have gained gratitude as alternatives to CNNs with their larger capacities for hierarchical representation. To address these issues, this research introduces a text-independent and speaker-independent SER novel architecture, where a dual-channel long short-term memory compressed-CapsNet (DC-LSTM COMP-CapsNet) algorithm is proposed based on the structural features of CapsNet. Our proposed novel classifier can ensure the energy efficiency of the model and adequate compression method in speech emotion recognition, which is not delivered through the original structure of a CapsNet. Moreover, the grid search approach is used to attain optimal solutions. Results witnessed an improved performance and reduction in the training and testing running time. The speech datasets used to evaluate our algorithm are: Arabic Emirati-accented corpus, English speech under simulated and actual stress corpus, English Ryerson audio-visual database of emotional speech and song corpus, and crowd-sourced emotional multimodal actors dataset. This work reveals that the optimum feature extraction method compared to other known methods is MFCCs delta-delta. Using the four datasets and the MFCCs delta-delta, DC-LSTM COMP-CapsNet surpasses all the state-of-the-art systems, classical classifiers, CNN, and the original CapsNet. Using the Arabic Emirati-accented corpus, our results demonstrate that the proposed work yields average emotion recognition accuracy of 89.3% compared to 84.7%, 82.2%, 69.8%, 69.2%, 53.8%, 42.6%, and 31.9% based on CapsNet, CNN, support vector machine, multi-layer perceptron, k-nearest neighbor, radial basis function, and naive Bayes, respectively.
The way that humans encode their emotion into speech signals is complex. For instance, an angry man may increase his pitch and speaking rate, and use impolite words. In this paper, we present a preliminary study on various emotional factors and investigate how each of them impacts modern emotion recognition systems. The key tool of our study is the SpeechFlow model presented recently, by which we are able to decompose speech signals into separate information factors (content, pitch, rhythm). Based on this decomposition, we carefully studied the performance of each information component and their combinations. We conducted the study on three different speech emotion corpora and chose an attention-based convolutional RNN as the emotion classifier. Our results show that rhythm is the most important component for emotional expression. Moreover, the cross-corpus results are very bad (even worse than guess), demonstrating that the present speech emotion recognition model is rather weak. Interestingly, by removing one or several unimportant components, the cross-corpus results can be improved. This demonstrates the potential of the decomposition approach towards a generalizable emotion recognition.
Emotion recognition has become a popular topic of interest, especially in the field of human computer interaction. Previous works involve unimodal analysis of emotion, while recent efforts focus on multi-modal emotion recognition from vision and speech. In this paper, we propose a new method of learning about the hidden representations between just speech and text data using convolutional attention networks. Compared to the shallow model which employs simple concatenation of feature vectors, the proposed attention model performs much better in classifying emotion from speech and text data contained in the CMU-MOSEI dataset.