GPU-accelerated Guided Source Separation for Meeting Transcription

10 Dec 2022  ·  Desh Raj, Daniel Povey, Sanjeev Khudanpur ·

Guided source separation (GSS) is a type of target-speaker extraction method that relies on pre-computed speaker activities and blind source separation to perform front-end enhancement of overlapped speech signals. It was first proposed during the CHiME-5 challenge and provided significant improvements over the delay-and-sum beamforming baseline. Despite its strengths, however, the method has seen limited adoption for meeting transcription benchmarks primarily due to its high computation time. In this paper, we describe our improved implementation of GSS that leverages the power of modern GPU-based pipelines, including batched processing of frequencies and segments, to provide 300x speed-up over CPU-based inference. The improved inference time allows us to perform detailed ablation studies over several parameters of the GSS algorithm -- such as context duration, number of channels, and noise class, to name a few. We provide end-to-end reproducible pipelines for speaker-attributed transcription of popular meeting benchmarks: LibriCSS, AMI, and AliMeeting. Our code and recipes are publicly available:

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Speech Recognition LibriCSS GSS + Transducer Word Error Rate (WER) 3.30 # 2


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