Ego-Noise Reduction Using a Motor Data-Guided Multichannel Dictionary

Abstract : We address the problem of ego-noise reduction, i.e., suppressing the noise a robot causes by its own motions. Such noise degrades the recorded microphone signal massively such that the robot’s auditory capabilities suffer. To suppress it, it is intuitive to use also motor data, since it provides additional information about the robot’s joints and thereby the noise sources. We propose to fuse motor data to a recently proposed multichannel dictionary algorithm for ego-noise reduction. At training, a dictionary is learned that captures spatial and spectral characteristics of ego-noise. At testing, nonlinear classifiers are used to efficiently associate the current robot’s motor state to relevant sets of entries in the learned dictionary. By this, computational load is reduced by one third in typical scenarios while achieving at least the same noise reduction performance. Moreover, we propose to train dictionaries on different microphone array geometries and use them for egonoise reduction while the head to which the microphones are mounted is moving. In such scenarios, the motor guided approach results in significantly better performance values.
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Alexander Schmidt, Antoine Deleforge, Walter Kellermann. Ego-Noise Reduction Using a Motor Data-Guided Multichannel Dictionary. International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016, IEEE/RSJ, Oct 2016, Daejon, South Korea. pp.1281-1286. ⟨hal-01415723⟩

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