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.

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


Result of the Month September 2016

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Virtual Adversarial Training

We explore virtual adversarial training (VAT) applied to neural higher-order conditional random fields for sequence labeling. VAT is a recently introduced regularization method promoting local distributional smoothness: It counteracts the problem that predictions of many state-of-the-art classifiers are unstable to adversarial perturbations. Unlike random noise, adversarial perturbations are minimal and bounded perturbations that flip the predicted label. We utilize VAT to regularize neural higher-order factors in conditional random fields. These factors are for example important for phone classification where phone representations strongly depend on the context phones. However, without using VAT for regularization, the use of such factors was limited as they were prone to overfitting. In extensive experiments, we successfully apply VAT to improve performance on the TIMIT phone classification task. In particular, we achieve a phone error rate of 13.0%, exceeding the state-ofthe-art performance by a wide margin.

We will give an oral presentation at Interspeech 2016

More information can be found in our paper.