Speech Dereverberation Using Recurrent Neural Networks

Shahan Nercessian; Alexey Lukin
DAFx-2019 - Birmingham
Advances in deep learning have led to novel, state-of-the-art techniques for blind source separation, particularly for the application of non-stationary noise removal from speech. In this paper, we show how a simple reformulation allows us to adapt blind source separation techniques to the problem of speech dereverberation and, accordingly, train a bidirectional recurrent neural network (BRNN) for this task. We compare the performance of the proposed neural network approach with that of a baseline dereverberation algorithm based on spectral subtraction. We find that our trained neural network quantitatively and qualitatively outperforms the baseline approach.