ワークショップ (国際) A Study of Transducer Based End-to-End ASR with ESPnet: Architecture, Auxiliary Loss and Decoding Strategies

Florian Boyer (Airudit, University of Bordeaux), Yusuke Shinohara, Takaaki Ishii, Hirofumi Inaguma (Kyoto University), Shinji Watanabe (Carnegie Mellon University)

The 2021 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU 2021)


In this study, we present recent developments of models trained with the RNN-T loss in ESPnet. It involves the use of various architectures such as recently proposed Conformer, multi-task learning with different auxiliary criteria and multiple decoding strategies, including our own proposition. Through experiments and benchmarks, we show that our proposed systems can be competitive against other state-of-art systems on well-known datasets such as LibriSpeech and AISHELL-1. Additionally, we demonstrate that these models are promising against other already implemented systems in ESPnet in regards to both performance and decoding speed, enabling the possibility to have powerful systems for a streaming task. With these additions, we hope to expand the usefulness of the ESPnet toolkit for the research community and also give tools for the ASR industry to deploy our systems in realistic and production environments.