The Hurricane Challenge

October 8, 2012 0 By admin
Do you have an algorithm for the modification of natural or synthetic speech which improves intelligibility in known noise conditions? If so, you are invited to take part in the Hurricane Challenge, a co-ordinated international evaluation of the intelligibility of modified speech.

You will be provided with a corpus of recorded sentences along with separate noise signals at a number of signal-to-noise ratios. Your task is to modify the speech only in such a way to promote its intelligibility. Modifications will be expected to meet constraints on changes in RMS level as well as durational constraints. Modified speech signals will be evaluated centrally by a large listener sample.

Results of the Challenge will be disseminated either at a Special Session of Interspeech 2013 or at a satellite workshop. Results will be returned to participants well before the Interspeech 2013 paper deadline.

The deadline for expressing your intention to participate is 31st October 2012.

For more details, see the Challenge website:

Martin Cooke, Ikerbasque
Catherine Mayo, University of Edinburgh
Bastian Sauert, Aachen University
Yannis Stylianou, FORTH Institute of Computer Science, Crete
Cassia Valentini-Botinhao, University of Edinburgh
Yan Tang, University of the Basque Country