Maarten Van Segbroeck

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Reliable automatic detection of speech/non-speech activity in degraded, noisy audio signals is a fundamental and challenging task in robust signal processing. As various speech technology applications rely on the accuracy of a Voice Activity Detection (VAD) system for their effectiveness and robustness, the problem has gained considerable research interest(More)
We show that the recognition accuracy of an MDT recog-nizer which performs well on artificially noisified data, deteriorates rapidly under realistic noisy conditions (using multiple microphone recordings from the SPEECON/SpeechDat-Car databases) and is outperformed by a commercially available recognizer which was trained using a multi-condition paradigm.(More)
This paper presents a simplified and supervised i-vector modeling framework that is applied in the task of robust and efficient speaker verification (SRE). First, by concatenating the mean supervector and the i-vector factor loading matrix with respectively the label vector and the linear classifier matrix, the traditional i-vectors are then extended to(More)
— Missing feature theory (MFT) has demonstrated great potential for improving the noise robustness in speech recognition. MFT was mostly applied in the log-spectral domain since this is also the representation in which the masks have a simple formulation. However, with diagonally structured covariance matrices in the log-spectral domain, recognition(More)
Depression is one of the most common mood disorders. Technology has the potential to assist in screening and treating people with depression by robustly modeling and tracking the complex behavioral cues associated with the disorder (e.g., speech, language, facial expressions, head movement, body language). Similarly, robust affect recognition is another(More)
We present a self-learning algorithm using a bottom-up based approach to automatically discover, acquire and recognize the words of a language. First, an unsupervised technique using non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) discovers phone-sized time–frequency patches into which speech can be decomposed. The input matrix for the NMF is constructed for static(More)
Missing data theory (MDT) has been applied to handle the problem of noise-robust speech recognition. Conventional MDT-systems require acoustic models that are expressed in the log-spectral rather than in the cepstral domain, which leads to a loss in accuracy. Therefore, we have already introduced a MDT-technique that can be applied in any feature domain(More)
The application of Missing Data Theory (MDT) has shown to improve the robustness of automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems. A crucial part in a MDT-based recognizer is the computation of the reliability masks from noisy data. To estimate accurate masks in environments with unknown, non-stationary noise statistics only weak assumptions can be made about(More)
In this paper, we propose robust features for the problem of voice activity detection (VAD). In particular, we extend the long term signal variability (LTSV) feature to accommodate multiple spectral bands. The motivation of the multi-band approach stems from the non-uniform frequency scale of speech phonemes and noise characteristics. Our analysis shows(More)
Speech and spoken language cues offer a valuable means to measure and model human behavior. Computational models of speech behavior have the potential to support health care through assistive technologies, informed intervention, and efficient long-term monitoring. The Interspeech 2013 Autism Sub-Challenge addresses two developmental disorders that manifest(More)