Odyssey 2020

The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Deep Speaker Embeddings for Far-Field Speaker Recognition on Short Utterances

Aleksei Gusev, Vladimir Volokhov, Tseren Andzhukaev, Sergey Novoselov, Galina Lavrentyeva, Marina Volkova, Alice Gazizullina, Andrey Shulipa, Artem Gorlanov, Anastasia Avdeeva, Artem Ivanov, Alexander Kozlov, Timur Pekhovsky, Yuri Matveev
Speaker recognition systems based on deep speakers embeddings have achieved significant performance in controlled conditions according to the results obtained for early NIST SRE (Speaker Recognition Evaluation) datasets. From the practical point of view, taking into account the increased interest in virtual assistants (such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Siri, etc.), speaker verification on short utterances in uncontrolled noisy environment conditions is one of the most challenging and highly in-demand tasks. This paper presents approaches aimed to achieve two goals: a) improve the quality of far-field speaker verification systems in the presence of environmental noise, reverberation and b) reduce the system quality degradation for short utterances. For this purposes, we considered deep neural network architectures based on TDNN (Time Delay Neural Network) and ResNet (Residual Neural Network) blocks. We experimented with state-of-the-art embedding extractors and their training procedures. Obtained results confirm that ResNet architectures outperform the standard x-vector approach in terms of the speaker verification quality for both long-time and short-time utterances. We also investigate the impact of speech activity detector, different scoring models, adaptation and score normalization techniques. The experimental results are presented for publicly available data and verification protocols for the VoxCeleb1, VoxCeleb2, and VOiCES datasets.