Selective Listening by Synchronizing Speech with Lips

14 Jun 2021  ·  Zexu Pan, Ruijie Tao, Chenglin Xu, Haizhou Li ·

A speaker extraction algorithm seeks to extract the speech of a target speaker from a multi-talker speech mixture when given a cue that represents the target speaker, such as a pre-enrolled speech utterance, or an accompanying video track. Visual cues are particularly useful when a pre-enrolled speech is not available. In this work, we don't rely on the target speaker's pre-enrolled speech, but rather use the target speaker's face track as the speaker cue, that is referred to as the auxiliary reference, to form an attractor towards the target speaker. We advocate that the temporal synchronization between the speech and its accompanying lip movements is a direct and dominant audio-visual cue. Therefore, we propose a self-supervised pre-training strategy, to exploit the speech-lip synchronization cue for target speaker extraction, which allows us to leverage abundant unlabeled in-domain data. We transfer the knowledge from the pre-trained model to the attractor encoder of the speaker extraction network. We show that the proposed speaker extraction network outperforms various competitive baselines in terms of signal quality, perceptual quality, and intelligibility, achieving state-of-the-art performance.

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