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Ph.D. Proposal Oral Exam - Sicheng Wang

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

10:00am - 12:00pm

Room 5234, Centergy

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Title:  An Indirect Speech Enhancement Framework Through Intermediate Noisy Speech Targets


Dr. Lee, Advisor  

Dr. Anderson, Chair

Dr. Moore


The objective of the proposed research is to develop an indirect approach to single-channel speech enhancement by converting difficult noisy speech to an intermediate representation and subsequent refinement. The research is motivated by observations that a considerable performance gap exists among enhancement results of speech in different types of background noise. In order to improve the performance of speech in challenging noise conditions, we seek to replace the background with noise types that are easier to handle. The indirect approach to speech enhancement requires identification of an appropriate conversion target, a conversion technique, and a refinement procedure. In order to identify the conversion target, we discussed the properties of noise signals that interact with a DNN-based enhancement system. We developed some qualitative guidelines of selecting intermediate targets from empirical knowledge. Three conversion techniques were compared and each one had its own usage depending on the availability of training data. Lastly, we explored potential network adaptation techniques that could be applied to the converted speech.

Last revised November 26, 2019