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September 2011

Incremental Learning for Ego Noise Estimation of a Robot

  • G. Ince, K. Nakadai, T. Rodemann, J. Imura, K. Nakamura, H. Nakajima,
  • in Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2011),
  • IEEE,
  • 2011,
  • pp. 131-136,
  • Conference paper

Using pre-recorded templates to estimate and suppress the ego noise of a robot is advantageous because this method is able to cope with the non-stationarity of this particular type of noise. However, standard template-based estimation requires human intervention in the offline training sessions, storage of large amounts of data and does not adapt to the dynamical changes in the environmental conditions. In this paper we investigate the feasibility of an incremental template learning system to tackle these drawbacks. Incremental learning enables the system to acquire new templates on the fly and update the older ones appropriately. Whilst allowing the system to continually increase its knowledge and enhancing its estimation performance, this learning scheme also reduces the size of the database. We evaluate the performance of the proposed noise estimation method in terms of its estimation accuracy, quality of speech signals enhanced by spectral subtraction method, and size of database. The experimental results show that our system compared to conventional singlechannel noise estimation methods achieves better performance in attaining signal quality and improving word correct rates.

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