Speech Recognition

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The most challenging aspects of speech recognition are the ones related to processing speech in widely different domains, spoken in a variety of dialects, and potentially adverse environments, and dealing with the characteristics of spontaneous speech: no punctuation, disfluencies, emotions, and overlapping turns. In this context, L2F’s activities have been recently concentrated in two research strands:

  • Recognition in adverse environments

The field of robust speech recognition is relatively new at L2F. We are currently working on speech enhancement techniques using beam forming for a multi-user speaker environment. Our approach has a single array of 64 linearly spaced microphones.

  • Recognition of spontaneous speech

This line of research is also recent at L2F. It started within the scope of broadcast news recognition, where spontaneous speech segments are characterized by a much higher word error rate, and progressed in two other totally different domains: the meeting domain (public meetings of university councils), and the classroom domain (EEC courses, national project LECTRA). The emphasis so far has been on processing disfluencies [Trancoso 2006].