SRU++: PIONEERING FAST RECURRENCE WITH ATTENTION FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION

Jing Pan, Tao Lei, Kwangyoun Kim, Kyu J. Han, Shinji Watanabe

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Abstract

The Transformer architecture has been well adopted as a dominant architecture in most sequence transduction tasks including automatic speech recognition (ASR), since its attention mechanism excels in capturing long-range dependencies. While models built solely upon attention can be better parallelized than regular RNN, a novel network architecture, SRU++, was recently proposed. By combining the fast recurrence and attention mechanism, SRU++ exhibits strong capability in sequence modeling and achieves near-state-of-the-art results in various language modeling and machine translation tasks with improved compute efficiency. In this work, we present the advantages of applying SRU++ in ASR tasks by comparing with Conformer across multiple ASR benchmarks and study how the benefits can be generalized to long-form speech inputs. On the popular LibriSpeech benchmark, our SRU++ model achieves 2.0%/4.7% WER on test-clean/test-other, showing competitive performances compared with the state-of-the-art Conformer encoder under the same set-up. Specifically, SRU++ can surpass Conformer on long-form speech input with a large margin, based on our analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2022 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages7872-7876
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781665405409
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event47th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2022 - Virtual, Online, Singapore
Duration: 2022 May 232022 May 27

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2022-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference47th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2022
Country/TerritorySingapore
CityVirtual, Online
Period22/5/2322/5/27

Keywords

  • SRU++
  • attention
  • recurrent neural network
  • speech recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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