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This paper describes a method based on a sequence-to-sequence learning (Seq2Seq) with attention and context preservation mechanism for voice conversion (VC) tasks. Seq2Seq has been outstanding at numerous tasks involving sequence modeling such as speech synthesis and recognition, machine translation, and image captioning.


Voice-controlled house-hold devices, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, face the problem of performing speech recognition of device- directed speech in the presence of interfering background speech, i.e., background noise and interfering speech from another person or media device in proximity need to be ignored. We propose two end-to-end models to tackle this problem with information extracted from the “anchored segment”.


Robustness to errors produced by automatic speech recognition (ASR) is essential for Spoken Language Understanding (SLU). Traditional robust SLU typically needs ASR hypotheses with semantic annotations for training. However, semantic annotation is very expensive, and the corresponding ASR system may change frequently. Here, we propose a novel unsupervised ASR-error adaptation method, obviating the need of annotated ASR hypotheses.


In this paper, we present a novel deep multimodal framework to predict human emotions based on sentence-level spoken language. Our architecture has two distinctive characteristics. First, it extracts the high-level features from both text and audio via a hybrid deep multimodal structure, which considers the spatial information from text, temporal information from audio, and high-level associations from low-level handcrafted features.


Bidirectional long short term memory (BLSTM) recurrent neural networks (RNNs) have recently outperformed other state-of-the-art approaches, such as i-vector and deep neural networks (DNNs) in automatic language identification (LID), particularly when testing with very short utterances (∼3s). Mismatches conditions between training and test data, e.g. speaker, channel, duration and environmental noise, are a major source of performance degradation for LID.


Vanishing long-term gradients are a major issue in training standard recurrent neural networks (RNNs), which can be alleviated by long short-term memory (LSTM) models with memory cells. However, the extra parameters associated with the memory cells mean an LSTM layer has four times as many parameters as an RNN with the same hidden vector size. This paper addresses the vanishing gradient problem using a high order RNN (HORNN) which has additional connections from multiple previous time steps.


Accurate prosodic phrase prediction can improve
the naturalness of speech synthesis. Predicting the prosodic
phrase can be regarded as a sequence labeling problem and
the Conditional Random Field (CRF) is typically used to
solve it. Mongolian is an agglutinative language, in which
massive words can be formed by concatenating these stems
and suffixes. This character makes it difficult to build a
Mongolian prosodic phrase predictions system, based on
CRF, that has high performance. We introduce a new