Selective Hearing through Lip-reading

Speaker extraction algorithm emulates human's ability of selective attention to extract the target speaker's speech from a multi-talker scenario. It requires an auxiliary stimulus to form the top-down attention towards the target speaker. It has been well studied to use a reference speech as the auxiliary stimulus. Visual cues also serve as an informative reference for human listening. They are particularly useful in the presence of acoustic noise and interference speakers. We believe that the temporal synchronization between speech and its accompanying lip motion is a direct and dominant audio-visual cue. In this work, we aim to emulate human's ability of visual attention for speaker extraction based on speech-lip synchronization. We propose a self-supervised pre-training strategy, to exploit the speech-lip synchronization in a multi-talker scenario. We transfer the knowledge from the pre-trained model to a speaker extraction network. We show that the proposed speaker extraction network outperforms various competitive baselines in terms of signal quality and perceptual evaluation, achieving state-of-the-art performance.
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