Joint Multi-Channel Dereverberation and Noise Reduction Using a Unified Convolutional BeamformerWith Sparse Priors

Conference: Speech Communication - 14th ITG Conference
09/29/2021 - 10/01/2021 at online

Proceedings: ITG-Fb. 298: Speech Communication

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Gode, Henri; Tammen, Marvin; Doclo, Simon (Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, University of Oldenburg, Germany)

Recently, the convolutional weighted power minimization distortionless response (WPD) beamformer was proposed, which unifies multi-channel weighted prediction error dereverberation and minimum power distortionless response beamforming. To optimize the convolutional filter, the desired speech component is modeled with a timevarying Gaussian model, which promotes the sparsity of the desired speech component in the short-time Fourier transform domain compared to the noisy microphone signals. In this paper we generalize the convolutional WPD beamformer by using an lp-norm cost function, introducing an adjustable shape parameter which enables to control the sparsity of the desired speech component. Experiments based on the REVERB challenge dataset show that the proposed method outperforms the conventional convolutional WPD beamformer in terms of objective speech quality metrics.