A Database for Research on Detection and Enhancement of Speech Transmitted over HF links

Konferenz: Speech Communication - 14th ITG Conference
29.09.2021 - 01.10.2021 in online

Tagungsband: ITG-Fb. 298: Speech Communication

Seiten: 5Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Heitkaemper, Jens; Schmalenstroeer, Joerg; Ullmann, Joerg; Haeb-Umbach, Reinhold (Department of Communications Engineering, Paderborn University, Germany)
Ion, Valentin (Plath GmbH, Hamburg, Germany)

In this paper we present an open database for the development of detection and enhancement algorithms of speech transmitted over HF radio channels. It consists of audio samples recorded by various receivers at different locations across Europe, all monitoring the same single-sideband modulated transmission from a base station in Paderborn, Germany. Transmitted and received speech signals are precisely time aligned to offer parallel data for supervised training of deep learning based detection and enhancement algorithms. For the task of speech activity detection two exemplary baseline systems are presented, one based on statistical methods employing a multi-stage Wiener filter with minimum statistics noise floor estimation, and the other relying on a deep learning approach.