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Effective speech activity detection (SAD) is a necessary first step for robust speech applications. In this letter, we propose a robust and unsupervised SAD solution that leverages four different speech voicing measures combined with a perceptual spectral flux feature, for audio-based surveillance and monitoring applications. Effectiveness of the proposed technique is evaluated and compared against several commonly adopted unsupervised SAD methods under simulated and actual harsh acoustic conditions with varying distortion levels. Experimental results indicate that the proposed SAD scheme is highly effective and provides superior and consistent performance across various noise types and distortion levels.
Date of Publication: March 2013