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STARSS23: An Audio-Visual Dataset of Spatial Recordings of Real Scenes with Spatiotemporal Annotations of Sound Events

Kazuki Shimada

Archontis Politis*

Parthasaarathy Sudarsanam*

Daniel Krause*

Kengo Uchida

Sharath Adavann*

Aapo Hakala*

Yuichiro Koyama*

Naoya Takahashi

Shusuke Takahashi*

Tuomas Virtanen*

Yuki Mitsufuji

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NeurIPS 2023

2023

Abstract

While direction of arrival (DOA) of sound events is generally estimated from multichannel audio data recorded in a microphone array, sound events usually derive from visually perceptible source objects, e.g., sounds of footsteps come from the feet of a walker. This paper proposes an audio-visual sound event localization and detection (SELD) task, which uses multichannel audio and video information to estimate the temporal activation and DOA of target sound events. Audio visual SELD systems can detect and localize sound events using signals from a microphone array and audio-visual correspondence. We also introduce an audio visual dataset, Sony-TAu Realistic Spatial Soundscapes 2023 (STARSS23), which consists of multichannel audio data recorded with a microphone array, video data, and spatiotemporal annotation of sound events. Sound scenes in STARSS23 are recorded with instructions, which guide recording participants to ensure adequate activity and occurrences of sound events. STARSS23 also serves human-annotated temporal activation labels and human-confirmed DOA labels, which are based on tracking results of a motion capture system. Our benchmark results show that the audio-visual SELD system achieves lower localization error than the audio-only system. The data is available at https://zenodo.org/record/7880637.

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