Multipath-enabled Private Audio with Noise

Anadi Chaman, Yu Jeh Liu, Jonah Casebeer, Ivan Dokmanic

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Abstract

We address the problem of privately communicating audio messages to multiple listeners in a reverberant room using a set of loudspeakers. We propose two methods based on emitting noise. In the first method, the loudspeakers emit noise signals that are appropriately filtered so that after echoing along multiple paths in the room, they sum up and descramble to yield distinct meaningful audio messages only at specific focusing spots, while being incoherent everywhere else. In the second method, adapted from wireless communications, we project noise signals onto the nullspace of the MIMO channel matrix between the loudspeakers and listeners. Loudspeakers reproduce a sum of the projected noise signals and intended messages. Again because of echoes, the MIMO nullspace changes across different locations in the room. Thus, the listeners at focusing spots hear intended messages, while the acoustic channel of an eavesdropper at any other location is jammed. We show, using both numerical and real experiments, that with a small number of speakers and a few impulse response measurements, audio messages can indeed be communicated to a set of listeners while ensuring negligible intelligibility elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages685-689
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479981311
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019
Event44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: May 12 2019May 17 2019

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2019-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period5/12/195/17/19

Keywords

  • Private audio communication
  • multi-channel convolutional synthesis
  • speech intelligibility
  • speech privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Chaman, A., Liu, Y. J., Casebeer, J., & Dokmanic, I. (2019). Multipath-enabled Private Audio with Noise. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Proceedings (pp. 685-689). [8683045] (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings; Vol. 2019-May). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2019.8683045