Wed-SS-1-12-7 The INTERSPEECH 2020 Deep Noise Suppression Challenge: Datasets, Subjective Testing Framework, and Challenge Results

Chandan Karadagur Ananda Reddy(Microsoft), Vishak Gopal(Senior Software Engineer), Ross Cutler(Microsoft), Ebrahim Beyrami(Microsoft Corporation), Roger Cheng(Senior Software Engineer), Harishchandra Dubey(Microsoft Corporation), Sergiy Matusevych(Principal Data Scientist), Robert Aichner(Principal Program Manager), Ashkan Aazami(Senior Data Scientist), Sebastian Braun(Senior Researcher), Puneet Rana(Senior Software Engineer), Sriram Srinivasan(Principal Software Engineering Manager) and Johannes Gehrke(Technical Fellow)
Abstract: The INTERSPEECH 2020 Deep Noise Suppression (DNS) Challenge is intended to promote collaborative research in real-time single-channel Speech Enhancement aimed to maximize the subjective (perceptual) quality of the enhanced speech. A typical approach to evaluate the noise suppression methods is to use objective metrics on the test set obtained by splitting the original dataset. While the performance is good on the synthetic test set, often the model performance degrades significantly on real recordings. Also, most of the conventional objective metrics do not correlate well with subjective tests and lab subjective tests are not scalable for a large test set. In this challenge, we open-sourced a large clean speech and noise corpus for training the noise suppression models and a representative test set to real-world scenarios consisting of both synthetic and real recordings. We also open-sourced an online subjective test framework based on ITU-T P.808 for researchers to reliably test their developments. We evaluated the results using P.808 on a blind test set. The results and the key learnings from the challenge are discussed. The datasets and scripts can be found here for quick access
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