A two stage adaptation towards automatic speech recognition system for children

Mumtaz Begum, M. and Siti Salwah, S. and Feizal Dani, R. (2016) A two stage adaptation towards automatic speech recognition system for children. In: International Conference on Text, Speech and Dialogue (ICTSD), 03 - 04 March 2016, Singapore.

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Recently, Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) systems were used to assist children in language acquisition as it has the ability to detect human speech signal. Despite the benefits offered by the ASR system for children, there is a lack of ASR systems for Malay-speaking children. One of the contributing factors for this is the lack of continuous speech database for Malay-speaking children. Though cross-lingual adaptation is a common solution for developing ASR systems for under-resourced language, it is not viable for children as there are very limited children's speech databases as a source model. In this research, we are proposing a two-stage adaptation using a very limited database of Malay-speaking children for the development of the children ASR system. The two stage adaptation comprises the cross-lingual adaptation (first stage) and cross-age adaptation. For the first stage, a well-known speech database that is phonetically rich and balanced, is adapted to the medium-sized Malay adults using supervised MLLR. The second stage adaptation uses the speech acoustic model generated from the first adaptation, and the target database is a small-sized database of Malay-speaking children. We have measured the performance of the proposed technique using word error rate, and then compare them with the conventional benchmark adaptation. The two stage adaptation proposed in this research has better recognition accuracy as compared to the benchmark adaptation in recognizing children's speech.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automatic speech recognition system, children speech, adaptation, Malay
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Safri
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2016 02:25
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 02:25
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/15793

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