Causal System Identification based Compensation for Reverberation-Robust DOA Estimation

Li He, Wei Xue

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One big challenge of direction of arrival (DOA) estimation is reverberation, since the spatial cues of the source and its reflections cannot be well distinguished. In this paper we propose a DOA compensation factor based on the mean squared error (MSE) of system identification (SI), and used it to adjust the DOA cost function values of conventional methods, such that the robustness of DOA estimation to reverberation can be improved. By analysing the relationship between the beamforming outputs towards different DOAs and the signal captured by the microphone, we show that the observed signal can be more accurately predicted by the signal from beamforming towards the direct-path, than from other directions. This is indicated by a small MSE of SI, and is exploited to calculate a DOA compensation factor. The proposed compensation factor can be easily applied to conventional DOA estimation methods, regardless of the number of microphones and the type of algorithms. Experiments show that the proposed method outperforms baseline methods in various reverberant conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 29th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789082797060
ISBN (Print)9781665409001
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2021
Event29th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2021 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 23 Aug 202127 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
ISSN (Print)2219-5491
ISSN (Electronic)2076-1465


Conference29th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2021
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User-Defined Keywords

  • direction of arrival
  • reverberation
  • beamforming
  • system identification
  • compensation factor


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