A Practical Multichannel Dereverberation Algorithm Using Multichannel DYPSA and Spatiotemporal Averaging

Speech signals for hands-free telecommunication applications are received by one or more microphones placed at some distance from the talker. In an office environment, for example, unwanted signals such as reverberation and background noise from computers and other talkers will degrade the quality of the received signal. These unwanted components have an adverse effect upon speech processing algorithms and impair intelligibility. This paper demonstrates the use of the Multichannel DYPSA algorithm to identify glottal closure instants (GCIs) from noisy, reverberant speech. Using the estimated GCIs, a spatiotemporal averaging technique is applied to attenuate the unwanted components. Experiments with a microphone array demonstrate the dereverberation and noise suppression of the spatiotemporal averaging method, showing up to a 5 dB improvement in segmental SNR and 0.33 in normalized Bark spectral distortion score.

In  Proc. IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics

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