Abstract

In this thesis, we explore several novel data augmentation methods for improving the performance of automatic speech recognition (ASR) on low-resource languages. Using a 100-hour subset of English LibriSpeech to simulate a low-resource setting, we compare the well-known SpecAugment augmentation approach to these new methods, along with several other competitive baselines. We then apply the most promising combinations of models and augmentation methods to three genuinely under-resourced languages using the 40-hour Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu datasets from the 2021 Interspeech Low Resource Automatic Speech Recognition Challenge for Indian Languages. Our data augmentation approaches, coupled with state-of-the-art acoustic model architectures and language models, yield reductions in word error rate over SpecAugment and other competitive baselines for the LibriSpeech-100 dataset, showing a particular advantage over prior models for the ``other'', more challenging, dev and test sets. Extending this work to the low-resource Indian languages, we see large improvements over the baseline models and results comparable to large multilingual models.

Publication Date

10-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Computer Science (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Computer Science (GCCIS)

Advisor

Christopher M. Homan

Advisor/Committee Member

Raymond Ptucha

Advisor/Committee Member

Emily Prud'hommeaux

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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