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We describe a robust deconvolution algorithm for simultaneously estimating an acoustic source signal and convolutive filters associated with the acoustic room impulse responses from a pair of microphone signals. In contrast to conventional blind deconvolution techniques which rely upon a knowledge of the statistics of the source signal, our algorithm exploits the nonnegativity and sparsity structure of room impulse responses. The algorithm is formulated as a quadratic optimization problem with respect to both the source signal and filter coefficients, and proceeds by iteratively solving the optimization in two alternating steps. In the H-step, the nonnegative filter coefficients are optimally estimated within a Bayesian framework using a relevant set of regularization parameters. In the S-step, the source signal is estimated without any prior assumption on its statistical distribution. The resulting estimates converge to a relevant solution exhibiting appropriate sparseness in the filters. Simulation results indicate that the algorithm is able to precisely recover both the source signal and filter coefficients, even in the presence of large ambient noise.
Date Posted: 27 February 2006