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Hands-free acquisition of speech is required in many human-machine interfaces and communication systems. The signals received by integrated microphones contain a desired speech signal, spatially coherent interfering signals, and background noise. In order to enhance the desired speech signal, state-of-the-art techniques apply data-dependent spatial filters(More)
Extracting sound sources in noisy and reverberant conditions remains a challenging task that is commonly found in modern communication systems. In this work, we consider the problem of obtaining a desired spatial response for at most L simultaneously active sound sources. The proposed spatial filter is obtained by minimizing the diffuse plus self-noise(More)
Extracting desired source signals in noisy and reverberant environments is required in many hands-free communication systems. In practical situations, where the position and number of active sources may be unknown and time-varying, conventional implementations of spatial filters do not provide sufficiently good performance. Recently, informed spatial(More)
Measuring the degree of diffuseness of a sound field is crucial in many modern parametric spatial audio techniques. In these applications, intensity-based diffuseness estimators are particularly convenient, as the sound intensity can also be used to obtain, e.g., the direction of arrival of the sound. This contribution reviews different diffuseness(More)
Flexible and efficient spatial sound acquisition and subsequent processing are of paramount importance in communication and assisted listening devices such as mobile phones, hearing aids, smart TVs, and emerging wearable devices (e.g., smart watches and glasses). In application scenarios where the number of sound sources quickly varies, sources move, and(More)
Traditional spatial sound acquisition aims at capturing a sound field with multiple microphones such that at the reproduction side a listener can perceive the sound image as it was at the recording location. Standard techniques for spatial sound acquisition usually use spaced omnidirectional microphones or coincident directional microphones. Alternatively,(More)
—We extend Tone Reservation for peak-to-average ratio reduction in MIMO-multiuser OFDM scenarios. First, we consider a multiuser BC (broadcast) situation where a precoding is applied at every carrier. This is considered to be a very demanding situation for peak-to-average ratio reduction. Tellado's Tone Reservation, however, is especially suited for this(More)
A scenario with multiple talkers and additive background noise is considered, where some talkers are active simultaneously and the activity of the talkers changes with time. We propose an MMSE-based method to blindly extract any talker using bin-wise position estimates obtained from distributed microphone arrays. In order to distinguish between different(More)
Extracting sounds that originate from a specific location, while reducing noise and interferers is required in many hands-free communications systems. We propose a spotforming approach that uses distributed microphone arrays and aims at extracting sounds that originate from a pre-defined spot of interest (SOI), while reducing background noise and sounds(More)