Mayumi Ohta


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JoeyS2T: Minimalistic Speech-to-Text Modeling with JoeyNMT
Mayumi Ohta | Julia Kreutzer | Stefan Riezler
Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing: System Demonstrations

JoeyS2T is a JoeyNMT extension for speech-to-text tasks such as automatic speech recognition and end-to-end speech translation. It inherits the core philosophy of JoeyNMT, a minimalist NMT toolkit built on PyTorch, seeking simplicity and accessibility. JoeyS2T’s workflow is self-contained, starting from data pre-processing, over model training and prediction to evaluation, and is seamlessly integrated into JoeyNMT’s compact and simple code base. On top of JoeyNMT’s state-of-the-art Transformer-based Encoder-Decoder architecture, JoeyS2T provides speech-oriented components such as convolutional layers, SpecAugment, CTC-loss, and WER evaluation. Despite its simplicity compared to prior implementations, JoeyS2T performs competitively on English speech recognition and English-to-German speech translation benchmarks. The implementation is accompanied by a walk-through tutorial and available on