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Deep model with built-in self-attention alignment for acoustic echo cancellation

by   Evgenii Indenbom, et al.

With recent research advances, deep learning models have become an attractive choice for acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) in real-time teleconferencing applications. Since acoustic echo is one of the major sources of poor audio quality, a wide variety of deep models have been proposed. However, an important but often omitted requirement for good echo cancellation quality is the synchronization of the microphone and far end signals. Typically implemented using classical algorithms based on cross-correlation, the alignment module is a separate functional block with known design limitations. In our work we propose a deep learning architecture with built-in self-attention based alignment, which is able to handle unaligned inputs, improving echo cancellation performance while simplifying the communication pipeline. Moreover, we show that our approach achieves significant improvements for difficult delay estimation cases on real recordings from AEC Challenge data set.


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