Dual Channel Echo Postfiltering for Hands-Free Mobile Terminals

Konferenz: IWAENC 2012 - International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement
04.09.2012-06.09.2012 in Aachen, Germany

Tagungsband: IWAENC 2012

Seiten: 4Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Yemdji, Christelle; Idrissa, Moctar Mossi; Evans, Nicholas (EURECOM, Multimedia Department, Sophia-Antipolis, France)
Beaugeant, Christophe (Intel, Mobile Comunications Group, Sophia-Antipolis, France)
Vary, Peter (Institute of Communication Systems and Data Processing (IND), RWTH Aachen, Germany)

In mobile communications, speech is often degraded by ambient noise and acoustic echo. Both problems have attracted a high level of research interest over the last decades. Recently dual channel solutions for noise reduction have been investigated and can yield better performance than single channel solutions. This paper presents an analysis of the echo problem based on recordings with a handsfree dual channel mock-up phone and proposes a novel residual echo power spectral density (PSD) estimator that uses two microphone signals instead of one. The proposed PSD estimate is compared to an existing single channel residual echo PSD estimator before being assessed within an echo postfilter. Our experiments show that the proposed dual-channel echo PSD outperforms the single channel postfilter, especially at low signal to echo ratios. Index Terms — echo postfiltering, dual channel, relative transfer function