Departmental Papers (ESE)


In this paper, a new auditory-based speech processing system based on the biologically rooted property of average localized synchrony detection (ALSD) is proposed. The system detects periodicity in the speech signal at Bark-scaled frequencies while reducing the response's spurious peaks and sensitivity to implementation mismatches, and hence presents a consistent and robust representation of the formants. The system is evaluated for its formant extraction ability while reducing spurious peaks. It is compared with other auditory-based front-end processing systems in the task of vowel recognition on clean speech from the TIMIT database and in the presence of noise. The results illustrate the advantage of the ALSD system in extracting the formants and reducing the spurious peaks. They also indicate the superiority of the synchrony measures over the mean-rate in the presence of noise.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version

June 2000


Copyright 2000 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP '2000), Volume 3, pages 1623–1626.

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speech recognition, ALSD, average localized synchrony detection, Bark-scaled frequencies, auditory-based front-end processing systems, auditory-based speech processing, average localized synchrony detection, formants, mean-rate noise periodicity, speech signal, synchrony measures, vowel recognition



Date Posted: 20 October 2005

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