Multiple Source Direction of Arrival Estimations Using Relative Sound Pressure Based MUSIC

Yonggang Hu*, Thushara D. Abhayapala, Prasanga N. Samarasinghe

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    Subspace approach of MUSIC (multiple signal classication) has become one of the most popular multi-source direction of arrival (DOA) estimations due to its easy implementation in practice. However, its localization accuracy is vulnerable to noise. This paper develops a novel MUSIC algorithm, more suitable in noisy environments, using the relative sound pressure measurements of a higher order microphone array. This proposed MUSIC approach is also decomposed into the spherical harmonics domain where a frequency smoothing technique is allowed to de-correlate the coherent source signals for improved localization accuracy. The proposed algorithm is also capable of estimating the number of active sound sources, which is pre-requisite knowledge for the traditional MUSIC approach. Extensive experimental results in diverse environments using both simulated and real recordings show advantages of the proposed algorithm over the traditional MUSIC method as well as another recently proposed multi-source localization approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number9265268
    Pages (from-to)253-264
    Number of pages12
    JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio Speech and Language Processing
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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