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Deep Neural Network Based Blind Estimation of Reverberation Time Based on Multi-channel Microphones

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Reverberation causes a performance degradation in distinct speech processing. For this reason, quantitatively estimating the amount of reverberation from the signal received by the microphone has been an important task for characterizing room acoustics and compensating for degradation due to an algorithm. In this paper, a novel method that estimates the reverberation time (T 60) based on multi-channel microphones using a deep neural network (DNN) is proposed. Each channel's distribution of the decay rates for each frequency and the generalized cross-correlation with phase transform (GCC-PHAT) between the microphones are adopted as the input feature vectors for DNN training. Those refined features enable the DNN composed of multiple nonlinear hidden layers to learn the nonlinear relationship that labels the reverberation time from the input features, which is known to be challenging with low-order features. The proposed algorithm is evaluated with extensive noisy conditions, and the results show the advantage of employing multi-channel signals with spatial features when compared with conventional methods.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2018

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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