SPSC Lab

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In 2000, the Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory (SPSC Lab) of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) was founded as a research and education center in nonlinear signal processing and computational intelligence, algorithm engineering, as well as circuits & systems modeling and design. It covers applications in wireless communications, speech/audio communication, and telecommunications.

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The Research of SPSC Lab addresses fundamental and applied research problems in five scientific areas:

 

Result of the Month October 2018

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In this work, we address the problem of estimating the a priori SNR for single-channel speech enhancement. Similar to the decision-directed (DD) approach we linearly combine the maximum likelihood estimate of the current a priori SNR with an estimate obtained from the previous frame. Based on the harmonic model for voiced speech we propose to smooth the a priori SNR estimate along harmonic trajectories instead of fixed discrete Fourier transform frequency bins. We interpolate from fixed DFT frequencies to harmonic frequencies by using a pitch-adaptive zero-padding in the time domain. The resulting pitch-adaptive decision-directed (PADDi) method increases the noise attenuation compared to the classical decision-directed approach and outperforms benchmark methods in terms of speech enhancement performance for several noise types at different SNRs, quantified by objective evaluation criteria.