The Aurora project was originally set up to establish a worldwide standard for the feature extraction software which forms the core of the front-end of a DSR (Distributed Speech Recognition) system.
The AURORA-5 database has been mainly developed to investigate the influence on the performance of automatic speech recognition for a hands-free speech input in noisy room environments. Furthermore two test conditions are included to study the influence of transmitting the speech in a mobile communication system.
The earlier three Aurora experiments had a focus on additive noise and the influence of some telephone frequency characteristics. Aurora-5 tries to cover all effects as they occur in realistic application scenarios. The focus was put on two scenarios. The first one is the hands-free speech input in the noisy car environment with the intention of controlling either devices in the car itself or retrieving information from a remote speech server over the telephone. The second one covers the hands-free speech input in a type of office or in a type of living room to control e.g. a telephone device or some audio/video equipment.
The AURORA-5 database contains the following data:
• Artificially distorted versions of the recordings from adult speakers in the TI-Digits speech database downsampled at a sampling frequency of 8000 Hz. The distortions consist of:
- additive background noise,
- the simulation of a hands-free speech input in rooms,
- the simulation of transmitting speech over cellular telephone networks.
• A subset of recordings from the meeting recorder project at the International Computer Science Institute. The recordings contain sequences of digits uttered by different speakers in hands-free mode in a meeting room.
• A set of scripts for running recognition experiments on the above mentioned speech data. The experiments are based on the usage of the freely available software package HTK where HTK is not part of this resource.
Further information is also available at the following address: http://aurora.hsnr.de
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