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Clustering of ad-hoc microphone arrays for robust blind beamforming

Himawan, Ivan, McCowan, Iain, & Sridharan, Sridha (2010) Clustering of ad-hoc microphone arrays for robust blind beamforming. In Douglas, Scott (Ed.) Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing 2010, IEEE Xplore, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, Texas, 2814 -2817 .

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Abstract

This paper proposes a clustered approach for blind beamfoming from ad-hoc microphone arrays. In such arrangements, microphone placement is arbitrary and the speaker may be close to one, all or a subset of microphones at a given time. Practical issues with such a configuration mean that some microphones might be better discarded due to poor input signal to noise ratio (SNR) or undesirable spatial aliasing effects from large inter-element spacings when beamforming. Large inter-microphone spacings may also lead to inaccuracies in delay estimation during blind beamforming. In such situations, using a cluster of microphones (ie, a sub-array), closely located both to each other and to the desired speech source, may provide more robust enhancement than the full array. This paper proposes a method for blind clustering of microphones based on the magnitude square coherence function, and evaluates the method on a database recorded using various ad-hoc microphone arrangements.

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ID Code: 31619
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Array Signal Processing, Speech Enhancement
DOI: 10.1109/ICASSP.2010.5496201
ISBN: 9781424442966
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Signal Processing (090609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
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Deposited On: 06 Apr 2010 08:46
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