Dialog-context aware end-to-end speech recognition

7 Aug 2018  ·  Suyoun Kim, Florian Metze ·

Existing speech recognition systems are typically built at the sentence level, although it is known that dialog context, e.g. higher-level knowledge that spans across sentences or speakers, can help the processing of long conversations. The recent progress in end-to-end speech recognition systems promises to integrate all available information (e.g. acoustic, language resources) into a single model, which is then jointly optimized... It seems natural that such dialog context information should thus also be integrated into the end-to-end models to improve further recognition accuracy. In this work, we present a dialog-context aware speech recognition model, which explicitly uses context information beyond sentence-level information, in an end-to-end fashion. Our dialog-context model captures a history of sentence-level context so that the whole system can be trained with dialog-context information in an end-to-end manner. We evaluate our proposed approach on the Switchboard conversational speech corpus and show that our system outperforms a comparable sentence-level end-to-end speech recognition system. read more

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