- Anastasia Kuznetsova, Aswin Sivaraman, and Minje Kim, “The Potential of Neural Speech Synthesis-Based Data Augmentation for Personalized Speech Enhancement,” in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Rhodes Island, Greece, June 4-10, 2023 [pdf].
With the advances in deep learning, speech enhancement systems benefited from large neural network architectures and achieved state- of-the-art quality. However, speaker-agnostic methods are not always desirable, both in terms of quality and their complexity, when they are to be used in a resource-constrained environment. One promising way is personalized speech enhancement (PSE), which is a smaller and easier speech enhancement problem for small models to solve, because it focuses on a particular test-time user. To achieve the personalization goal, while dealing with the typical lack of personal data, we investigate the effect of data augmentation based on neural speech synthesis (NSS). In the proposed method, we show that the quality of the NSS system’s synthetic data matters, and if they are good enough the augmented dataset can be used to improve the PSE system that outperforms the speaker-agnostic baseline. The proposed PSE systems show significant complexity reduction while preserving the enhancement quality.