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Noise-Robust Detection of Whispering in Telephone Calls Using Deep Neural Networks

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication24th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
Place of PublicationBudapest, Hungary
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9928-6265-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Signal Processing Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

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ISSN (Electronic)2076-1465


ConferenceEuropean Signal Processing Conference
Period1/01/00 → …


Detection of whispered speech in the presence of high levels of background noise has applications in fraudulent behaviour recognition. For instance, it can serve as an indicator of possible insider trading. We propose a deep neural network (DNN)-based whispering detection system, which operates on both magnitude and phase features, including the group delay feature from all-pole models (APGD). We show that the APGD feature outperforms the conventional ones. Trained and evaluated on the collected diverse dataset of whispered and normal speech with emulated phone line distortions and significant amounts of added background noise, the proposed system performs with accuracies as high as 91.8%.


  • whispering, noise robustness, deep neural networks

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