Deep Speech Factorization-2

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Speech signals involve complex factors, each contributing in an unknown and secrete way. Recent developed deep learning methods have built up some interesting tools for discovering these latent factors. These tools include various unsupervised models such as VAE, GAN, supervised learning methods such as multi-task learning, knowledge distillation, etc. These tools allow us to decipher secretes of speech signal, based on big data, rather than hypothesis.

These will lead to an unprecedented breakthrough in speech information processing. Some of the signals for this breakthrough includes:

  • In speaker recognition, speaker factors can be learned within a very small speech segment.
  • In speech synthesis, speaking styles can be learned as latent variables and discovered in an unsupervised way, and speaker factors can be used to change the speaker trait.
  • In speech recognition, learning multiple tasks in a collaborative way has shown to be successful.

In previous studies (Phase 1), we have found that using cascade learning, speech signals can be factorized into content, speaker and emotion at the frame level. In this Phase 2, we will try to answer the following questions:

  • Can we factorize speech signals in an unsupervised way?
  • How supervised and unsupervised factorizations are integrated?
  • How to deal with language discrepancy in factorization?
  • How to discover optimal factorization architectures?


Dong Wang, Yunqi Cai, Haoran Sun, Zhiyuan Tang, Lantian Li

Research direction

Basic research

  • Collaborative learning with AutoML
  • VAE/dVAE factorization
  • Supervised VAE for factorization
  • ASR + TTS cycle training

Applied reseach

  • Pretraining for ASR, SID, EMD (BERT in speech)
  • Low-resource ASR, TTS
  • Signal compression, cleaning up, etc.

Related publications

  1. Yang Zhang and Lantian Li and Dong Wang, "VAE-based regularization for deep speaker embedding", Interspeech 2019
  2. Lantian Li, Yixiang Chen, Ying Shi, Zhiyuan Tang, and Dong Wang, “Deep speaker feature learning for text-independent speaker verification,”, Interspeech 2017.
  3. Lantian Li, Dong Wang, Yixiang Chen, Ying Shing, Zhiyuan Tang,
  5. Zhiyuan Thang, Lantian Li, Dong Wang, Ravi Vipperla "Collaborative Joint Training with Multi-task Recurrent Model for Speech and Speaker Recognition", IEEE Trans. on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, vol. 25, no.3, March 2017.
  6. Dong Wang,Lantian Li,Ying Shi,Yixiang Chen,Zhiyuan Tang., "Deep Factorization for Speech Signal",

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