Odyssey 2020

The Speaker and Language Recognition Workshop

Speaker Detection in the Wild: Lessons Learned from JSALT 2019

Leibny Paola Garcia Perera, Jesus Villalba, Herve Bredin, Jun Du, Diego Castan, Alejandrina Cristia, Latane Bullock, Ling Guo, Koji Okabe, Phani Sankar Nidadavolu, Saurabh Kataria, Sizhu Chen, Leo Galmant, Marvin Lavechin, Lei Sun, Marie-Philippe Gill, Bar Ben-Yair, Sajjad Abdoli, Xin Wang, Wassim Bouaziz, Hadrien Titeux, Emmanuel Dupoux, Kong Aik Lee, Najim Dehak
This paper presents the problems and solutions addressed at theJSALT workshop when using a single microphone for speaker detection in adverse scenarios. The main focus was to tackle a wide range of conditions that go from meetings to wild speech. We describe the research threads we explored and a set of modules that was successful for these scenarios. The ultimate goal was to explore speaker detection; but our first finding was that an effective diarization improves detection, and not having a diarization stage impoverishes the performance. All the different configurations of our research agree on this fact and follow a main backbone that includes diarization asa previous stage. With this backbone, we analyzed the following problems: voice activity detection, how to deal with noisy signals, domain mismatch, how to improve the clustering; and the overall impact of previous stages in the final speaker detection. In this pa-per, we show partial results for speaker diarizarion to have a better understanding of the problem and we present the final results for speaker detection