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Tue Dec 20 2011

FYI: Call: INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge

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        1.     Björn Schuller , Call: INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge

Message 1: Call: INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge
Date: 19-Dec-2011
From: Björn Schuller <schullertum.de>
Subject: Call: INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge
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Call for Participation
Speaker Trait Challenge

Personality, Likability, Pathology


The Challenge

Whereas the first open comparative challenges in the field of
paralinguistics targeted more ''conventional'' phenomena such as
emotion, age, and gender, there still exists a multiplicity of not yet
covered, but highly relevant speaker states and traits. In the last
instalment, we focused on speaker states, namely sleepiness and
intoxication. Consequently, we now focus on speaker traits. The
INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge broadens the scope by
addressing three less researched speaker traits: the computational
analysis of personality, likability, and pathology in speech. Apart from
intelligent and socially competent future agents and robots, main
applications are found in the medical domain.

In these respects, the INTERSPEECH 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge
shall help bridging the gap between excellent research on
paralinguistic information in spoken language and low compatibility of

Three Sub-Challenges are addressed:

- In the Personality Sub-Challenge, the personality of a speaker has to
be determined based on acoustics potentially including linguistics for
the OCEAN five personality dimensions, each mapped onto two

- In the Likability Sub-Challenge, the likability of a speaker's voice has
to be determined by a learning algorithm and acoustic features. While
the annotation provides likability in multiple levels, the classification
task is binarised.

- In the Pathology Sub-Challenge, the intelligibility of a speaker has to
be determined by a classification algorithm and acoustic features.

The measures of competition will be Unweighted Average Recall of the
two classes. Transcription of the train and development sets will be
known. All Sub-Challenges allow contributors to find their own features
with their own machine learning algorithm. However, a standard feature
set will be provided per corpus that may be used. Participants will have
to stick to the definition of training, development, and test sets. They
may report on results obtained on the development set, but have only
five trials to upload their results on the test sets, whose labels are
unknown to them. Each participation will be accompanied by a paper
presenting the results that undergoes peer-review and has to be
accepted for the conference in order to participate in the Challenge.
The organisers preserve the right to re-evaluate the findings, but will
not participate themselves in the Challenge. Participants are
encouraged to compete in all Sub-Challenges.

Overall, contributions using the provided or equivalent data are sought
in (but not limited to) the following areas:

- Participation in the Personality Sub-Challenge
- Participation in the Likability Sub-Challenge
- Participation in the Pathology Sub-Challenge
- Novel features and algorithms for the analysis of speaker traits
- Unsupervised learning methods for speaker trait analysis
- Perception studies, additional annotation and feature analysis on the
given sets
- Context exploitation in speaker trait assessment

The results of the Challenge will be presented at Interspeech 2012 in
Portland, Oregon. Prizes will be awarded to the Sub-Challenge
winners. If you are interested and planning to participate in the
Speaker Trait Challenge, or if you want to be kept informed about the
Challenge, please send the organisers an e-mail to indicate your
interest and visit the homepage:



Björn Schuller (TUM, Germany)
Stefan Steidl (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Anton Batliner (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Elmar Nöth (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
Alessandro Vinciarelli (University of Glasgow, UK)
Felix Burkhardt (Deutsche Telekom, Germany)
Rob van Son (Netherlands Cancer Institute, Netherlands)

If you want to participate, please find the License Agreement at:


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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