A VARIANCE MODELING FRAMEWORK BASED ON VARIATIONAL AUTOENCODERS FOR SPEECH ENHANCEMENT
2018 IEEE 28th International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP)
In this paper we address the problem of enhancing speech signals in noisy mixtures using a source separation approach. We explore the use of neural networks as an alternative to a popular speech variance model based on supervised non-negative matrix factorization (NMF). More precisely, we use a variational autoencoder as a speaker-independent supervised generative speech model, highlighting the conceptual similarities that this approach shares with its NMF-based counterpart. In order to be free
... In order to be free of generalization issues regarding the noisy recording environments, we follow the approach of having a supervised model only for the target speech signal, the noise model being based on unsupervised NMF. We develop a Monte Carlo expectation-maximization algorithm for inferring the latent variables in the variational autoencoder and estimating the unsupervised model parameters. Experiments show that the proposed method outperforms a semi-supervised NMF baseline and a state-of-the-art fully supervised deep learning approach.