Improving auditory attention decoding performance of linear and non-linear methods using state-space model

2 Apr 2020  ·  Ali Aroudi, Tobias de Taillez, Simon Doclo ·

Identifying the target speaker in hearing aid applications is crucial to improve speech understanding. Recent advances in electroencephalography (EEG) have shown that it is possible to identify the target speaker from single-trial EEG recordings using auditory attention decoding (AAD) methods. AAD methods reconstruct the attended speech envelope from EEG recordings, based on a linear least-squares cost function or non-linear neural networks, and then directly compare the reconstructed envelope with the speech envelopes of speakers to identify the attended speaker using Pearson correlation coefficients. Since these correlation coefficients are highly fluctuating, for a reliable decoding a large correlation window is used, which causes a large processing delay. In this paper, we investigate a state-space model using correlation coefficients obtained with a small correlation window to improve the decoding performance of the linear and the non-linear AAD methods. The experimental results show that the state-space model significantly improves the decoding performance.

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