A novel, data-driven approach to voice activity detection is presented. The approach is based on Long Short-Term Memory Recurrent Neural Networks trained on standard RASTA-PLP frontend features. To approximate real-life scenarios, large amounts of noisy speech instances are mixed by using both read and spontaneous speech from the TIMIT and Buckeye corpora, and adding real long term recordings of diverse noise types. The approach is evaluated on unseen synthetically mixed test data as well as a real-life test set consisting of four full-length Hollywood movies. A frame-wise Equal Error Rate (EER) of 33.2% is obtained for the four movies and an EER of 9.6% is obtained for the synthetic test data at a peak SNR of 0 dB, clearly outperforming three state-of-the-art reference algorithms under the same conditions.
Real-Life Voice Activity Detection with LSTM Recurrent Neural Networks and application to Holliwood Movies / Florian, Eyben; Felix, Weninger; Squartini, Stefano; Björn, Schuller. - 2013:(2013), pp. 483-487. (Intervento presentato al convegno ICASSP 2013 tenutosi a Vancouver, BC, Canada nel 26-31 May 2013) [10.1109/ICASSP.2013.6637694].