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Utilization of bone-conducted speech in noisy environments | 33125
Journal of Information Technology & Software Engineering

Journal of Information Technology & Software Engineering
Open Access

ISSN: 2165- 7866

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Utilization of bone-conducted speech in noisy environments


2nd Global Summit and Expo Multimedia & Applications

August 15-16, 2016 London, UK

Tetsuya Shimamura

Saitama University, Japan

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Inform Tech Softw Eng

Abstract :

In speech processing applications like hands-free communications, hearing aids and speech recognition, the technique of speech enhancement (noise reduction) is often required. This is because the speaker is often in noisy environments. During the past few decades, significant progress has been made in the development of speech enhancement algorithms. Those algorithms accomplish the purpose of reducing noise, and as a result have been successfully used. However, in severely noisy environments, those algorithms introduce waveform distortion, resulting in that the intelligibility of the resulting speech is degraded. In this talk, as an old but new technique for speech enhancement, bone-conducted speech is considered. The transmission of voice on bones is called bone conduction. When the voice waveforms are transmitted from the voice source (vocal cord) through the vocal tract wall and skull, they do not confront directly with noise. This is the reason why the boneconducted speech signal can be utilized in a noisy environment. However, it is known that the quality of bone-conducted speech is comparatively lower than that of normal speech being transmitted through air. This may be caused by the fact that the frequency components more than 1[kHz] deteriorate in bone-conducted speech. A straightforward method to improve the quality of bone-conducted speech is to emphasize the high frequency components of bone-conducted speech. However, this is not easy because the phenomenon of bone conduction is speaker dependent. Thus, in this talk, as a speaker-dependent technique, the use of an air- and bone-conduction integrated microphone is discussed. It is presented that the quality of bone-conducted speech can be significantly improved by combining adequately both the normal and bone-conducted speech signals. The goal of this kind of research is to obtain a clean speech signal even in highly noisy environments.

Biography :

Email: shima@sie.ics.saitama-u.ac.jp

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