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The Airbus Air Traffic Control speech recognition 2018 challenge: towards ATC automatic transcription and call sign detection

Pellegrini, Thomas and Farinas, Jérome and Delpech, Estelle and Lancelot, François The Airbus Air Traffic Control speech recognition 2018 challenge: towards ATC automatic transcription and call sign detection. (2019) In: 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2019), 15 September 2019 - 19 September 2019 (Graz, Austria).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1962


In this paper, we describe the outcomes of the challenge organized and run by Airbus and partners in 2018 on Air Traffic Control (ATC) speech recognition. The challenge consisted of two tasks applied to English ATC speech: 1) automatic speech-to-text transcription, 2) call sign detection (CSD). The registered participants were provided with 40 hours of speech along with manual transcriptions. Twenty-two teams submitted predictions on a five hour evaluation set. ATC speech processing is challenging for several reasons: high speech rate, foreign-accented speech with a great diversity of accents, noisy communication channels. The best ranked team achieved a 7.62% Word Error Rate and a 82.41% CSD F1-score. Transcribing pilots' speech was found to be twice as harder as controllers' speech. Remaining issues towards solving ATC ASR are also discussed in the paper.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:ISCA : International Speech Communication Association https://www.isca-speech.org/archive/Interspeech_2019/abstracts/1962.html
HAL Id:hal-02419437
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
AIRBUS Commercial Aircraft, Toulouse (France) - ENAC : Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (France) - IRIT : Institut de Recherche en Infor-matique de Toulouse (France) - SAFETY DATA-CFH, Toulouse (France)
Deposited On:09 Dec 2019 09:11

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