Impulse Response Data Augmentation and Deep Neural Networks For Blind Room Acoustic Parameter Estimation

IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP)

Publication date: May 4, 2020

Nicholas J. Bryan

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The reverberation time (T60) and the direct-to-reverberant ratio (DRR) are commonly used to characterize room acoustic environments. Both parameters can be measured from an acoustic impulse response (AIR) or using blind estimation methods that perform estimation directly from speech. When neural networks are used for blind estimation, however, a large realistic dataset is needed, which is expensive and time consuming to collect. To address this, we propose an AIR augmentation method that can parametrically control the T60 and DRR, allowing us to expand a small dataset of real AIRs into a balanced dataset orders of magnitude larger. Using this method, we train a previously proposed convolutional neural network (CNN) and show we can outperform past single-channel state-of-the-art methods. We then propose a more efficient, straightforward baseline CNN that is 4-5x faster, which provides an additional improvement and is better or comparable to all previously reported single- and multi-channel state-of-the-art methods.

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