InterSpeech 2021

(3 minutes introduction)

Andros Tjandra (NAIST, Japan), Ruoming Pang (Google, USA), Yu Zhang (Google, USA), Shigeki Karita (Google, Japan)
Speech is influenced by a number of underlying factors, which can be broadly categorized into linguistic contents and speaking styles. However, collecting the labeled data that annotates both content and style is an expensive and time-consuming task. Here, we present an approach for unsupervised learning of speech representation disentangling contents and styles. Our model consists of: (1) a local encoder that captures per-frame information; (2) a global encoder that captures per-utterance information; and (3) a conditional decoder that reconstructs speech given local and global latent variables. Our experiments show that (1) the local latent variables encode speech contents, as reconstructed speech can be recognized by ASR with low word error rates (WER), even with a different global encoding; (2) the global latent variables encode speaker style, as reconstructed speech shares speaker identity with the source utterance of the global encoding. Additionally, we demonstrate a useful application from our pre-trained model, where we can train a speaker recognition model from the global latent variables and achieve high accuracy by fine-tuning with as few data as one label per speaker.