R. Jaiswal, S. R. Yeduri and L. R. Cenkeramaddi, “Single-Channel Speech Enhancement Using Implicit Wiener Filter for High-Quality Speech Communication” has been accepted for publication in the Springer International Journal of Speech Technology (2022).
Keywords: Edge computing, Non-stationary noise ,Raspberry Pi ,Spectral subtraction, Speech analysis,Stationary Noise ,Wiener filtering
Abstract:Speech enables easy human-to-human communication as well as human-to-machine interaction. However, the quality of speech degrades due to background noise in the environment, such as drone noise embedded in speech during search and rescue operations. Similarly, helicopter noise, airplane noise, and station noise reduce the quality of speech. Speech enhancement algorithms reduce background noise, resulting in a crystal clear and noise-free conversation. For many applications, it is also necessary to process these noisy speech signals at the edge node level. Thus, we propose implicit Wiener filter-based algorithm for speech enhancement using edge computing system. In the proposed algorithm, a first order recursive equation is used to estimate the noise. The performance of the proposed algorithm is evaluated for two speech utterances, one uttered by a male speaker and the other by a female speaker. Both utterances are degraded by different types of non-stationary noises such as exhibition, station, drone, helicopter, airplane, and white Gaussian stationary noise with different signal-to-noise ratios. Further, we compare the performance of the proposed speech enhancement algorithm with the conventional spectral subtraction algorithm. Performance evaluations using objective speech quality measures demonstrate that the proposed speech enhancement algorithm outperforms the spectral subtraction algorithm in estimating the clean speech from the noisy speech. Finally, we implement the proposed speech enhancement algorithm, in addition to the spectral subtraction algorithm, on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, which is a low power edge computing device.
More details: https://hdl.handle.net/11250/3013314