Blind Amplitude Estimation of Early Room Reflections Using Alternating Least Squares

Tom Shlomo, Boaz Rafaely

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Estimation of the properties of early room reflections is an important task in audio signal processing, with applications in beamforming, source separation, room geometry inference, and spatial audio. While methods exist to blindly estimate the direction of arrival and delay of the early reflections, the blind estimation of reflection amplitudes remains an open problem. This work presents a preliminary attempt to blindly estimate reflection amplitudes. An iterative estimator is suggested, based on maximum likelihood and alternating least squares. We discuss some fundamental scaling ambiguities of the problem, and show connections between the proposed method and raking beamformers. A simulation study demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)476-480
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Event2021 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2021 - Virtual, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 6 Jun 202111 Jun 2021


  • Microphone array
  • Rake beamforming
  • Room impulse response
  • Room reflections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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