EEND-SS: Joint End-to-End Neural Speaker Diarization and Speech Separation for Flexible Number of Speakers

31 Mar 2022  ·  Soumi Maiti, Yushi Ueda, Shinji Watanabe, Chunlei Zhang, Meng Yu, Shi-Xiong Zhang, Yong Xu ·

In this paper, we present a novel framework that jointly performs three tasks: speaker diarization, speech separation, and speaker counting. Our proposed framework integrates speaker diarization based on end-to-end neural diarization (EEND) models, speaker counting with encoder-decoder based attractors (EDA), and speech separation using Conv-TasNet. In addition, we propose a multiple 1x1 convolutional layer architecture for estimating the separation masks corresponding to a flexible number of speakers and a fusion technique for refining the separated speech signal with obtained speaker diarization information to improve the joint framework. Experiments using the LibriMix dataset show that our proposed method outperforms the single-task baselines in both diarization and separation metrics for fixed and flexible numbers of speakers and improves speaker counting performance for flexible numbers of speakers. All materials will be open-sourced and reproducible in ESPnet toolkit.

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