Christine Evers

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Enhancement of an unknown signal from distorted observations is an extremely important Engineering problem. In addition to noise, the observation space often contains a degrading filter component. A typical example is blind speech enhancement, where a reverberant channel between a stationary source and the receiver can be modeled as a static infinite(More)
—This paper focuses on speaker tracking in robot audition for human-robot interaction. Using only acoustic signals, speaker tracking in enclosed spaces is subject to missing detections and spurious clutter measurements due to speech inactivity, reverberation and interference. Furthermore, many acoustic localization approaches estimate speaker direction,(More)
Room reverberation leads to reduced intelligibility of audio signals. Enhancement is thus crucial for high-quality audio and scene analysis applications. This paper proposes to directly and optimally estimate the source signal and acoustic channel from the distorted observations. The remaining model parameters are sampled from a particle filter,(More)
Acoustic scene mapping creates a representation of positions of audio sources such as talkers within the surrounding environment of a microphone array. By allowing the array to move, the acoustic scene can be explored in order to improve the map. Furthermore, the spatial diversity of the kinematic array allows for estimation of the source-sensor distance in(More)
—High-order spherical microphone arrays offer many practical benefits including relatively fine spatial resolution in all directions and rotation invariant processing using eigenbeams. Spatial filtering can reduce interference from noise and reverberation but in even moderately reverberant environments the beam pattern fails to suppress reverberation to a(More)