Course detail

Speech Processing

FEKT-MZPRAcad. year: 2017/2018

The subject gives a comprehensive view of the present-day solution of speech processing occurring in verbal communication. First, speech production, its perception, human auditory system and process of hearing are introduced. Then segmental and suprasegmental parameters that are frequently used in speech analysis are discussed. Furthermore, all important areas of speech processing are mentioned: pattern and isolated word recognition, speech synthesis and coding and the TTS systems are described. The method of pitch analysis, prosody modelling, emotion analysis and speech watermarking are added. Attention is also paid to one-channel and multi-channel speech enhancement methods and noise suppression. In the end subjective and objective methods of assessing the quality and intelligibility of speech are introduced.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students will have a clear idea of the model of speech generation, the analysis of speech and can calculate attributes of speech. They will further be familiar with prediction analysis, spectral and cepstral analyses and speech watermarking. The students will learn the basic principles of evaluation of speech quality and intelligibility. They will program a recognition system of isolated words using the Matlab environment.


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested. Furthermore, The knowledge of digital signal processing methods and algorithms is required. Moreover, the students must be able to program in the Matlab environment.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

UHLÍŘ, J. SOVKA, P.: Digital Signal Processing (Číslicové zpracování signálů), ČVUT, Praha, 1995. (In Czech)
PSUTKA, J.: Komunikace s počítačem mluvenou řečí. ACADEMIA, Praha 1995. ISBN 80-200-0203-0
O'SHAUGNESSY, D., LI DENG: Speech Processing-A Dynamic Optimization-Oriented Approach. Marcel Dekker, New York, 2003. ISBN 0-8247-4040-8
QUATIERI, T.F.: Discrete-Time Speech Signal Processing-Principles and Practice. Prentice Hall, NJ 2002. ISBN 0-13-242942-X
DELLER, J.R., HANSEN, J.H.L., PROAKIS, J.G.: Discrete-Time Processing of Speech Signals. John Wiley, New York, 2000. ISBN 0-7803-5386-2

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

All lectures of the course are available to students on e-learning and are prepared in Power Point presentations. The lectures are supplemented with video and audio samples processed speech, which they were obtaineded while working on research projects. In laboratory exercises students propose your real system to recognize simple words. At the conclusion they have to demonstrate their knowledge in solving a given project.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Computer lab exercises are mandatory for successfully passing this course and the students have to obtain the required credits. For computer lab tests they can get 30 points of 100 points. The remaining 70 points can be obtained by successfully passing the final written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Methods of verbal communication between people, human vocal tract, formants, antiformants, parametric model of speech. Acoustic characteristics of vowels and consonant. Process of hearing and hearing field, hearing threshold, volume level, pitch. Use of masking in compression methods. Binaural hearing.
2. Areas of speech signal processing. Overview of segmental and supra-segmental attributes. Pre-processing of speech, segmentation, windowing, pre-emphasis. Narrowband and wideband spectrograms, short-term energy. Linear predictive analysis, direct and lattice implementation structures, reflection coefficients and their calculation, normal equations and their solution. Levinson-Durbin’s algorithm, order selection for LPC analysis. Perception LP coefficients and their calculation. PLP spectral coefficients. Formant estimation using LP coefficients. Cepstral analysis, complex and real cepstra, Mel’s spectral and cepstral coefficients, calculation example for MFCC.
3. Pitch signal and its frequency and period, jitter, shimmer. Overview of methods for the determination of pitch properties.
4. Pattern recognition, attribute extraction. Dynamic Time Warping (DTW). Degree of similarity, absolute difference. Euclid’s measure, Mahalanobis’s measure, Itakura’s measure, K-means algorithm. Applications: isolated word recognition, text-dependent speaker recognition. Speech therapy signals, analysis and detection of defects in speech therapy, learning system for defect removal. Analysis of biological signals for detection and treatment of various diseases which are diagnosed on the basis of human speech (Parkinson’s disease, etc.).
5. Bayesian classification, neural network, Gaussian Mixed Models (GMMs), Support Vector Machines (SVM), Hidden Markov’s Models (HMMs), Word and sentence prosody, micro-prosody. Prosody parameters: pitch variations, intensity and tempo. Fujisaki’s model, statistical and LPC modelling. Phonetic modelling according to rules (melodems).
6. Audio recordings of synthesiser illustrations, history of development. Making an inventory of speech units. Speech synthesis in the time domain and speech synthesis in the frequency domain. Vocal tract modelling (LPC and cepstral models, harmonic model). Approximation of exponential function exp(x). Text-To-Speech synthesis, text pre-processing, phonetic transcription, prosody settings.
7. Waveform coding. Source coding. The basic principle of LPC codec. Adaptive Multi-Rate Wideband (AMR-WB) system, Variable-Rate Multimode Wideband (VRM-WB) system. Speech transmission over internet.
8. Spectral subtraction method, RASTA method, mapping spectrogram method. Voice Activity Detector (VAD. Use of the wavelet transform and digital filter banks. Adaptive LMS filters. Digital filtering (dual-channel, multi-channel processing). Cocktail-party effect. Beam-forming. Blind source separation method (under-determined, determined, over-determined). Independent Component Analysis (ICA), Sparse Component Analysis (SCA).
9. Recognition of emotion from speech system. Emotion classification. System for emotion recognition from static images and videos.
10 . Evaluation of quality, intelligibility, naturalness, and acceptability of speech. Nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio scales. Sentence, word and rhyme tests, logatoms, signal-to-noise ratio measurement. Database of speech recordings, their types and classification. PESQ and PSQM methods.
11. Data and database protection, general scheme of coder and decoder. Non-perceptibility, robustness, and coder workload. Masking in the time and the frequency domains.
12. Modulation spectrum, bi-spectrum, bi-cepstrum, methods of speech quality evaluation Attributes derived from Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) and Discrete Time Wavelet Transform (DTWT) methods, etc.


The aim of the course is to give a comprehensive overview of speech communication in information and telecommunication systems. It is intended for students who want to learn the basic and advanced techniques of speech processing, analysis and synthesis, speech coding, and watermarking. Apart from the basic principles of speaker identification the students will become familiar with problems of separating speech from noisy background and with principles of automatic speech recognition. In addition, the students will analyse speech in real time in computer lab exercises.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AUDIO-P Master's

    branch P-AUD , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-TIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, optional specialized

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer