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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Germany

The Institute for Pattern Recognition at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg has been working for over 25 years in the area of speech analysis. The Institute is part of the Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Technology, and consists of a scientific staff of 24 persons, one assistant professor, two associate professors and one full professor. The Institute has a strong record in speech analysis and was centrally involved in the major European Vermobil project. Verbmobil was the first complete speech understanding system which demonstrated the benefit of prosodic information, and the Institute implemented the prosody module. The Institute also developed a shallow semantic analysis module (dialogue act segmentation and classification) within the Verbmobil project. Based on the technology of the Sundial project (ESPRIT project P 2218) members also presented the first conversational dialogue system worldwide hooked up to the public telephone system. Staff are currently working on the detection of emotion: Within the SmartKom project and the EU-project PF-STAR, they are carrying out research on the detection of the emotion of the user, using prosodic/linguistic information as well as facial expression.

Dr. Elmar Nöth obtained his `Diplom' in Computer Science and his doctoral degree at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1985 and 1990, respectively. Since 1990 he is an assistant professor and the head of the speech group at the Institute for Pattern Recognition (Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5) at the same university. His current research activities concern prosody, the linguistic processing and knowledge representation in automatic speech understanding systems, and the automatic recognition of emotion. He is the author or co-author of one book and more than 150 technical articles.

Dr. Anton Batliner obtained his M.A. in Scandinavian languages in 1973 and his Dr. phil. in Phonetics in 1978, both at the University of Munich. He is a member of the research staff of the Institute for Pattern Recognition (Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5) at the university of Erlangen-Nuremberg, working within the speech group on the use of prosodic information in automatic speech understanding; since 1997, some of his main research topics have been the design and annotation of spontaneous emotional speech databases, and the recognition of emotional states. He is co-editor of one book and author/co-author of more than 100 technical articles. In the EU-project PF-STAR, he is responsible for the work package on speech and emotion.

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