Robust End-To-End SPEAKER recognition based on deep learning and attention models
Project Period: 1. 6. 2019 - 31. 1. 2021
Project Type: grant
Agency: European Comission EU
Program: Horizon 2020
machine learning, data mining, statistical data processing and applications, numerical analysis, simulation, optimisation, modelling tools, signal processing, neural networks, connectionist systems, fuzzy logic, complexity and cryptography, electronic security, privacy, biometrics, speaker recognition, Deep Neural Networks, Attention Models, Deep Learning, Language Recognition, Speech Processing
This project focuses on automatic speaker recognition (SID), the task of determining the identity of the speaker in a speech recording. Disentangling the speaker specific information from the rest of nuisance variability (channel, etc.) requires complex models. Deep neural networks (DNNs) have recently showed their potential for this, as the popular x-vector learnt by a DNN. Here, we aim for end-to-end SID where the system is optimized as a whole for the target task. Despite some first steps in this line, several aspects are still unexplored. We propose to explore recurrent approaches, suitable to deal with temporal signals, as well as different pooling methods to obtain a fixed-length representation from a variable length input sequence of speech, an important issue in the field. We also want to explore different flavors of attention mechanisms, which make the DNN focus on relevant parts of the input, providing a way to quantify how much evidence has been collected about the speaker identity and the uncertainty of the obtained representation, critical issue when making (Bayesian) decisions in SID. Finally, some other approaches such as using the raw signal (instead of features) or other advances that might arise will be also explored for SID and related tasks. To achieve our goals, we will start from theory, implement the proposed approaches and test on real speech data. The outcomes are intended to benefit both scientific community and speech processing industry, such as Phonexia or Nuance. The applicant Dr. Alicia Lozano-Diez is an excellent female researcher, who has done her Ph.D. at Audias (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain), a respected research lab. The host group Speech@FIT from Brno University of Technology (Czechia) has a top-class track on speech processing research. Thus, we expect the combination of both the researcher and the host to both boost the researcher career and benefit the host group (and its industrial European partners).