Yannis Assael

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  • Large-Scale Visual Speech Recognition

    This work presents a scalable solution to open-vocabulary visual speech recognition. To achieve this, we constructed the largest existing visual speech recognition dataset, consisting of pairs of text and video clips of faces speaking (3,886 hours of video). In tandem, we designed and trained an integrated lipreading system, consisting of a video processing pipeline that maps raw video to stable videos of lips and sequences of phonemes, a scalable deep neural network that maps the lip videos to sequences of phoneme distributions, and a production-level speech decoder that outputs sequences of words. The proposed system achieves a word error rate (WER) of 40.9 measured on a held-out set. In comparison, professional lipreaders achieve either 86.4 types of contextual information. Our approach significantly improves on other lipreading approaches, including variants of LipNet and of Watch, Attend, and Spell (WAS), which are only capable of 89.8

    07/13/2018 ∙ by Brendan Shillingford, et al. ∙ 68 share

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  • Sample Efficient Adaptive Text-to-Speech

    We present a meta-learning approach for adaptive text-to-speech (TTS) with few data. During training, we learn a multi-speaker model using a shared conditional WaveNet core and independent learned embeddings for each speaker. The aim of training is not to produce a neural network with fixed weights, which is then deployed as a TTS system. Instead, the aim is to produce a network that requires few data at deployment time to rapidly adapt to new speakers. We introduce and benchmark three strategies: (i) learning the speaker embedding while keeping the WaveNet core fixed, (ii) fine-tuning the entire architecture with stochastic gradient descent, and (iii) predicting the speaker embedding with a trained neural network encoder. The experiments show that these approaches are successful at adapting the multi-speaker neural network to new speakers, obtaining state-of-the-art results in both sample naturalness and voice similarity with merely a few minutes of audio data from new speakers.

    09/27/2018 ∙ by Yutian Chen, et al. ∙ 2 share

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  • Speech bandwidth extension with WaveNet

    Large-scale mobile communication systems tend to contain legacy transmission channels with narrowband bottlenecks, resulting in characteristic "telephone-quality" audio. While higher quality codecs exist, due to the scale and heterogeneity of the networks, transmitting higher sample rate audio with modern high-quality audio codecs can be difficult in practice. This paper proposes an approach where a communication node can instead extend the bandwidth of a band-limited incoming speech signal that may have been passed through a low-rate codec. To this end, we propose a WaveNet-based model conditioned on a log-mel spectrogram representation of a bandwidth-constrained speech audio signal of 8 kHz and audio with artifacts from GSM full-rate (FR) compression to reconstruct the higher-resolution signal. In our experimental MUSHRA evaluation, we show that a model trained to upsample to 24kHz speech signals from audio passed through the 8kHz GSM-FR codec is able to reconstruct audio only slightly lower in quality to that of the Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband audio codec (AMR-WB) codec at 16kHz, and closes around half the gap in perceptual quality between the original encoded signal and the original speech sampled at 24kHz. We further show that when the same model is passed 8kHz audio that has not been compressed, is able to again reconstruct audio of slightly better quality than 16kHz AMR-WB, in the same MUSHRA evaluation.

    07/05/2019 ∙ by Archit Gupta, et al. ∙ 0 share

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