Audio Adversarial Examples for Robust Hybrid CTC/Attention Speech Recognition

07/21/2020 ∙ by Ludwig Kürzinger, et al. ∙ 0

Recent advances in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) demonstrated how end-to-end systems are able to achieve state-of-the-art performance. There is a trend towards deeper neural networks, however those ASR models are also more complex and prone against specially crafted noisy data. Those Audio Adversarial Examples (AAE) were previously demonstrated on ASR systems that use Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC), as well as attention-based encoder-decoder architectures. Following the idea of the hybrid CTC/attention ASR system, this work proposes algorithms to generate AAEs to combine both approaches into a joint CTC-attention gradient method. Evaluation is performed using a hybrid CTC/attention end-to-end ASR model on two reference sentences as case study, as well as the TEDlium v2 speech recognition task. We then demonstrate the application of this algorithm for adversarial training to obtain a more robust ASR model.

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