Multi-channel transformer: A transformer-based model for multi-speaker speech recognition

The Seventh Conference on Software Engineering and Information Management (SEIM-2022)

Most of the modern approaches to multi-speaker speech recognition are either not applicable in case of overlapping speech or require a lot of time to run, which can be critical, for example, in case of real-time speech recognition. In this paper, a transformer-based end-to-end model for overlapping speech recognition is presented. It is implemented by using a generalization of the standard approach to speech recognition. The introduced model achieves results comparable in quality to modern state-of-the-art models, but requires less model calls, which speeds up the inference. In addition, a procedure for generating synthetic data for model training is described. This procedure allows to compensate for the lack of real multi-speaker speech training data by creating a stream of data from the initial collection.