Speech Library and Speech Recognition Demos

Intel® distributions of OpenVINO toolkit for Linux* OS and Windows* OS provide a set of libraries and demos to demonstrate end-to-end speech recognition, as well as new acoustic and language models that can work with these demos. The libraries are designed for preprocessing (feature extraction) to get a feature vector from a speech signal, as well as postprocessing (decoding) to produce text from scores. Together with OpenVINO -based neural-network speech recognition, these libraries provide an end-to-end pipeline converting speech to text. This pipeline is demonstrated by the end-to-end demos:


Note that the OpenVINO package also includes an automatic speech recognition sample demonstrating acoustic model inference based on Kaldi* neural networks. The sample works with Kaldi ARK files only, so it does not cover an end-to-end speech recognition scenario (speech to text),requiring additional preprocessing (feature extraction) to get a feature vector from a speech signal, as well as postprocessing (decoding) to produce text from scores:


The main purpose of the sample is to demonstrate a variety of features and options provided by OpenVINO for speech recognition neural networks.

Find new libraries, demos, and models at <INSTALL_DIR>/data_processing/audio/speech_recognition.


These components are installed only if you select the Inference Engine Runtime for Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator component during installation. However, the Speech Library and speech recognition demos do not require the GNA accelerator. See Hardware support for details.

Package Components

The package contains the following components:

Additionally, new acoustic and language models are available in the OpenVINO storage.

Run Speech Recognition Demos with Pre-trained Models

To download pre-trained models and build all dependencies:

  • On Linux* OS, use the shell script <INSTALL_DIR>/deployment_tools/demo/demo_speech_recognition.sh

  • On Windows* OS, use the batch file <INSTALL_DIR>\deployment_tools\demo\demo_speech_recognition.bat

The script follows the steps below:

  1. Downloads US English models trained on the LibriSpeech dataset prepared for direct usage by the Inference Engine

  2. Installs the required components

  3. Runs the command line offline demo

  4. Runs live speech recognition application with graphical interface

If you are behind a proxy, set the following environment variables in a console session before running the script:

  • On Linux* OS:

export http_proxy=http://{proxyHost}:{proxyPort}
export https_proxy=https://{proxyHost}:{proxyPort}
  • On Windows* OS:

set http_proxy=http://{proxyHost}:{proxyPort}
set https_proxy=https://{proxyHost}:{proxyPort}

Hardware Support

The provided acoustic models have been tested on a CPU, graphics processing unit (GPU), and Intel Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (Intel GNA), and you can switch between these targets in offline and live speech recognition demos.


Intel GNA is a specific low-power coprocessor, which offloads some workloads, thus saving power and CPU resources. If you use a processor supporting the GNA, such as Intel Core i3-8121U and Intel Core i7-1065G7, you can notice that CPU load is much lower when GNA is selected. If you selected GNA as a device for inference, and your processor does not support GNA, then execution is performed in the emulation mode (on CPU) because GNA_AUTO configuration option is used. See the GNA plugin documentation for more information.

Speech Library provides a highly optimized implementation of preprocessing and postprocessing (feature extraction and decoding) on CPU only.

Custom Models Requirements

Before running demonstration applications with custom models, follow the steps below:

  1. Build the Speech Library and demonstration application using the demo_speech_recognition.sh/.bat file mentioned in Run Speech Recognition Demos with Pre-trained Models

  2. Train acoustic and statistical language models using the Kaldi framework (if required)

  3. Convert the acoustic model using Model Optimizer for Kaldi

  4. Convert the language model using the Kaldi toolkit and provided converter

  5. Create a configuration file that lists all the models required for recognition

  6. Copy configuration file to {OpenVINO build folder}/data_processing/audio/speech_recognition/models/{LANG}. The demo models are trained for US English, so use en-us for the {LANG} folder name.

Then you can use new models in the live speech recognition demo. To perform speech recognition using a new model and the command-line application, provide the path to the new configuration file as an input argument of the application.

Convert Acoustic Model with OpenVINO Model Optimizer for Kaldi*

In order to convert acoustic models, the following Kaldi files are required:

  • Acoustic model file, final.nnet – RAW neural network without topology information

  • Counts file, pdf.counts (if used)

  • Feature transformation file, final.feature_transform (if used)

For conversion steps, follow Converting a Kaldi* Model.


Set the path to the XML file with the converted model in the configuration file.

Convert Language Model with Provided Converter

In order to convert language models, the following Kaldi files are required:

  • Acoustic model with the Hidden Markov Model (HMM) topology, final.mdl

  • Language model Weighted Finite-State Transducers (WFST) graph, HCLG.wfst

  • Label symbol file, words.txt.

All these files are required to create resources for demo applications.

Model conversion from Kaldi requires the following steps:

  1. Save HCLG WFST as the openFST const type:

    $KALDI_ROOT/tools/openfst/bin/fstconvert --fst_type=const HCLG.fst HCLG.const_fst
  2. Generate transition ID information using phones.txt and final.mdl :

    $KALDI_ROOT/src/bin/show-transitions phones.txt final.mdl > transitions.txt
  3. Convert HCLG WFST using resource conversion executable:

    kaldi_slm_conversion_tool HCLG.const_fst transitions.txt words.txt cl.fst labels.bin


Put the paths to cl.fst and labels.bin files in the configuration file to use them with the Live Speech Recognition Demo Application.

See the offline speech recognition demo documentation to learn about the configuration file format.

See Kaldi* Statistical Language Model Conversion Tool for more information on the conversion tool.