Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Vijay Parsa


Reverberation significantly impacts the quality and intelligibility of speech. Several dereverberation algorithms have been proposed in the literature to combat this problem. A majority of these algorithms utilize a single channel and are developed for monaural applications, and as such do not preserve the cues necessary for sound localization. This thesis describes a blind two-channel dereverberation technique that improves the quality of speech corrupted by reverberation while preserving cues that affect localization. The method is based by combining a short term (2ms) and long term (20ms) weighting function of the linear prediction (LP) residual of the input signal. The developed and other dereverberation algorithms are evaluated objectively and subjectively in terms of sound quality and localization accuracy. The binaural adaptation provides a significant increase in sound quality while removing the loss in localization ability found in the bilateral implementation.



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