Abigail A. Kressner

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Many developers of audio signal processing strategies rely on objective measures of quality for initial evaluations of algorithms. As such, objective measures should be robust, and they should be able to predict quality accurately regardless of the dataset or testing conditions. Kates and Arehart have developed the Hearing Aid Speech Quality Index (HASQI)(More)
Objective measures of speech quality have been the subject of significant prior work, particularly in the areas of speech codecs and communication channels for normal-hearing listeners. One of the primary concerns of researchers in this area is how these metrics generalize to datasets or listener studies which are “unknown” to the measures.(More)
Although requiring prior knowledge makes the ideal binary mask an impractical algorithm, substantial increases in measured intelligibility make it a desirable benchmark. While this benchmark has been studied extensively, many questions remain about the factors that influence the intelligibility of binary-masked speech with non-ideal masks. To date,(More)
While current inference methods can decompose audio signals, they require the entire signal upfront and are therefore ill-suited for real-time applications requiring causal processing. We propose a neurally-inspired, causal, sparse inference scheme based on the Locally Competitive Algorithm (LCA) over a temporal-spectral neighborhood. We demonstrate that(More)
To date, the most commonly used outcome measure for assessing ideal binary mask estimation algorithms is based on the difference between the hit rate and the false alarm rate (H-FA). Recently, the error distribution has been shown to substantially affect intelligibility. However, H-FA treats each mask unit independently and does not take into account how(More)
It has been shown that intelligibility can be improved for cochlear implant (CI) recipients with the ideal binary mask (IBM). In realistic scenarios where prior information is unavailable, however, the IBM must be estimated, and these estimations will inevitably contain errors. Although the effects of both unstructured and structured binary mask errors have(More)
While most single-channel noise reduction algorithms fail to improve speech intelligibility, the ideal binary mask (IBM) has demonstrated substantial intelligibility improvements. However, this approach exploits oracle knowledge. The main objective of this paper is to introduce a novel binary mask estimator based on a simple sparse approximation algorithm.(More)
The goal of computational speech segregation systems is to automatically segregate a target speaker from interfering maskers. Typically, these systems include a feature extraction stage in the front-end and a classification stage in the back-end. A spectrotemporal integration strategy can be applied in either the frontend, using the so-called delta(More)