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Thu Dec 17 2009

Calls: Computational Ling/General Ling/Speech Communication (Jrnl)

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        1.    Bjoern Schuller, Speech Communication

Message 1: Speech Communication
Date: 16-Dec-2009
From: Bjoern Schuller <schullertum.de>
Subject: Speech Communication
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Full Title: Speech Communication

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics;General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2010

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Speech Communication on

Sensing Emotion and Affect - Facing Realism in Speech Processing

Human-machine and human-robot dialogues in the next generation will be
dominated by natural speech which is fully spontaneous and thus driven by
emotion. Systems will not only be expected to cope with affect throughout
actual speech recognition, but at the same time to detect emotional and
related patterns such as non-linguistic vocalization, e.g. laughter, and
further social signals for appropriate reaction. In most cases, this
analysis clearly must be made independently of the speaker and for all
speech that 'comes in' rather than only for pre-selected and
pre-segmented prototypical cases. In addition - as in any speech processing
task, noise, coding, and blind speaker separation artefacts, together with
transmission errors need to be dealt with. To provide appropriate
back-channelling and socially competent reaction fitting the speaker's
emotional state in time, on-line and incremental processing will be among
further concerns. Once affective speech processing is applied in real-life,
novel issues as standards, confidences, distributed analysis, speaker
adaptation, and emotional profiling are coming up next to appropriate
interaction and system design. In this respect, the Interspeech Emotion
Challenge 2009, which has been organized by the guest editors, provided the
first forum for comparison of results, obtained for exactly the same
realistic conditions. In this special issue, on the one hand, we will
summarise the findings from this challenge, and on the other hand, provide
space for novel original contributions that further the analysis of
natural, spontaneous, and thus emotional speech by late-breaking
technological advancement, recent experience with realistic data, revealing
of black holes for future research endeavours, or giving a broad overview.
Original, previously unpublished submissions are encouraged within the
following scope of topics:

* Machine Analysis of Naturalistic Emotion in Speech and Text
* Sensing Affect in Realistic Environments (Vocal Expression,
Nonlinguistic Vocalization)
* Social Interaction Analysis in Human Conversational Speech
* Affective and Socially-aware Speech User Interfaces
* Speaker Adaptation, Clustering, and Emotional Profiling
* Recognition of Group Emotion and Coping with Blind Speaker Separation
* Novel Research Tools and Platforms for Emotion Recognition
* Confidence Measures and Out-of-Vocabulary Events in Emotion Recognition
* Noise, Echo, Coding, and Transmission Robustness in Emotion Recognition
* Effects of Prototyping on Performance
* On-line, Incremental, and Real-time Processing
* Distributed Emotion Recognition and Standardization Issues
* Corpora and Evaluation Tasks for Future Comparative Challenges
* Applications (Spoken Dialog Systems, Emotion-tolerant ASR,
Call-Centers, Education, Gaming, Human-Robot Communication, Surveillance,

Composition and Review Procedures

This Special Issue of Speech Communication on Sensing Emotion and Affect -
Facing Realism in Speech Processing will consist of papers on data-based
evaluations and papers on applications. The balance between these will be
adjusted to maximize the issue's impact. Submissions will undergo the
normal review process.

Guest Editors

Bjoern Schuller, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Stefan Steidl, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Germany
Anton Batliner, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Germany

Important Dates

Submission Deadline April 1st, 2010
First Notification July 1st, 2010
Revisions Ready September 1st, 2010
Final Papers Ready November 1st, 2010
Tentative Publication Date December 1st, 2010


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