Robust Self-Supervised Audio-Visual Speech Recognition

5 Jan 2022  ยท  Bowen Shi, Wei-Ning Hsu, Abdelrahman Mohamed ยท

Audio-based automatic speech recognition (ASR) degrades significantly in noisy environments and is particularly vulnerable to interfering speech, as the model cannot determine which speaker to transcribe. Audio-visual speech recognition (AVSR) systems improve robustness by complementing the audio stream with the visual information that is invariant to noise and helps the model focus on the desired speaker... However, previous AVSR work focused solely on the supervised learning setup; hence the progress was hindered by the amount of labeled data available. In this work, we present a self-supervised AVSR framework built upon Audio-Visual HuBERT (AV-HuBERT), a state-of-the-art audio-visual speech representation learning model. On the largest available AVSR benchmark dataset LRS3, our approach outperforms prior state-of-the-art by ~50% (28.0% vs. 14.1%) using less than 10% of labeled data (433hr vs. 30hr) in the presence of babble noise, while reducing the WER of an audio-based model by over 75% (25.8% vs. 5.8%) on average. read more

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Audio-Visual Speech Recognition LRS3-TED AV-HuBERT Large Word Error Rate (WER) 1.4 # 1

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