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EMOTION-Workshop

Third International Workshop on EMOTION (satellite of LREC): CORPORA FOR RESEARCH ON EMOTION AND AFFECT. Sunday, 23rd May 2010, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta Malta. In Association with 7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND EVALUATION (LREC 2010)

Third International Workshop on EMOTION (satellite of LREC):
CORPORA FOR RESEARCH ON EMOTION AND AFFECT


http://emotion-research.net/sigs/speech-sig/emotion-workshop
Sunday, 23rd May 2010
Mediterranean Conference Centre
Valletta Malta


In Association with
7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE RESOURCES AND EVALUATION
LREC2010 http://www.lrec-conf.org/lrec2010/
Main Conference 19th-21st May 2010


Call for Papers.



Recognition of emotion in speech has recently matured to one of the key disciplines in speech analysis serving next generation human-machine and –robot communication and media retrieval systems. However, compared to automatic speech and speaker recognition, where several hours of speech of a multitude of speakers in a great variety of different languages are available, sparseness of resources has accompanied emotion research to the present day: genuine emotion is hard to collect, ambiguous to annotate, and tricky to distribute due to privacy preservation.

The few available corpora suffer from a number of issues owing to the peculiarity of this young field: as in no related task, different forms of modelling reaching from discrete over complex to continuous emotions exist, and ground truth is never solid due to the often highly different perception of the mostly very few annotators. Given by the data sparseness – most widely used corpora feature below 30 min of speech – cross-validation without strict test, development, and train partitions, and without strict separation of speakers throughout partitioning are the predominant evaluation strategy, which is obviously sub-optimal. Acting of emotions was often seen as a solution to the desperate need for data, which often resulted in further restrictions such as little variation of spoken content or few speakers. As a result, many interesting potentially progressing ideas cannot be addressed, as clustering of speakers or the influence of languages, cultures, speaker health state, etc..

Previous LREC workshops on Corpora for research on Emotion and Affect (at LREC 2006 and 2008) have helped to consolidate the field, and in particular there is now growing experience of not only building databases but also using them to build systems (for both synthesis and detection). This workshop aims to continue the process, and lays particular emphasis on showing how databases can be or have been used for system building.

Papers were invited in the area of corpora for research on emotion and affect. Topics included, but were not limited to:
  • Novel corpora of affective speech in audio and multimodal data – in particular with high number of speakers and high diversity (language, age, speaking style, health state, etc.)
  • Case studies of the way databases have been or can be used for system building
  • Measures for quantitative corpus quality assessment
  • Standardisation of corpora and labels for cross-corpus experimentation
  • Mixture of emotions (i.e. complex or blended emotions)
  • Real-life applications
  • Long-term recordings for intra-speaker variation assessment
  • Rich and novel annotations and annotation types
  • Communications on testing protocols
  • Evaluations on novel or multiple corpora

ORGANISING COMMITEE


Laurence Devillers / Björn Schuller
LIMSI-CNRS, France

Roddy Cowie / Ellen Douglas-Cowie
Queen's University, UK

Anton Batliner
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Contact: Laurence Devillers and Björn Schuller, lrec-emotion@limsi.fr

IMPORTANT DATES



Deadline for 1500-2000 words abstract submission    1st March 2010 (passed)
Notification of acceptance 15th March 2010 (passed)
Final version of accepted paper 25th March 2010 (passed)
Workshop full-day 23rd May 2010

PROGRAMME


09:00 Welcome (10 min)
New Emotion Corpora (Chair: L. Devillers)
09:10 AFFECTIVE LINKS IN A CHILD-ROBOT INTERACTION
Agnes Delaborde, Marie Tahon and Laurence Devillers

09:35 SPEECH IN MINIMAL INVASIVE SURGERY - TOWARDS AN AFFECTIVE LANGUAGE RESOURCE OF REAL-LIFE MEDICAL OPERATIONS
Björn Schuller, Florian Eyben, Salman Can and Hubertus Feussner

10:00 A CORPUS FOR IDENTIFICATION OF SPEAKERS AND THEIR EMOTIONS
Marie Tahon, Agnes Delaborde, Claude Barras and Laurence Devillers

10:25 COFFEE BREAK (20 min)
Linguistics and Emotion (Chair: A. Batliner)
10:45 INTERFACING WORDNET-AFFECT WITH OCC MODEL OF EMOTIONS
Alessandro Valitutti and Carlo Strapparava

11:10 LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE, NARRATIVE STRUCTURE AND EMOTIONAL INTENSITY
Tibor Pólya and Kata Gábor

11:35 ONLINE TEXTUAL COMMUNICATIONS ANNOTATED WITH GRADES OF EMOTION STRENGTH
Georgios Paltoglou, Mike Thelwall and Kevan Buckley

12:00 LUNCH (90 min)
Multimodal Emotion Corpora (Chair: R. Cowie)
13:30 MULTIMODAL RUSSIAN CORPUS (MURCO): STUDYING EMOTIONS
Elena Grishina

13:55 THE ROVERETO EMOTION AND COOPERATION CORPUS
Federica Cavicchio and Massimo Poesio

14:20 THE EMOTIONAL AND COMMUNICATIVE SIGNIFICANCE OF HEAD NODS AND SHAKES IN A NATURALISTIC DATABASE
Roddy Cowie, Hatice Gunes, Gary McKeown, Lena Vaclau-Schneider, Jayne Armstrong and Ellen Douglas-Cowie

Annotation and Similarity of Emotion Corpora (Chair: E. Douglas-Cowie)
14:55 ANNOTATION OF THE AFFECTIVE INTERACTION IN REAL-LIFE DIALOGS COLLECTED IN A CALL CENTER
Christophe Vaudable, Nicolas Rollet and Laurence Devillers

15:20 PRESENTING THE VENEC CORPUS: DEVELOPMENT OF A CROSS-CULTURAL CORPUS OF VOCAL EMOTION EXPRESSIONS AND A NOVEL METHOD OF ANNOTATING EMOTION APPRAISALS
Petri Laukka, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Wanda Chui, Nutankumar S. Thingujam, Frederick K. Iraki, Thomas Rockstuhl and Jean Althoff

15:45 TOWARDS MEASURING SIMILARITY BETWEEN EMOTIONAL CORPORA
Mátyás Brendel, Riccardo Zaccarelli, Björn Schuller and Laurence Devillers

16:10 COFFEE BREAK (40 min)
Extended and Multiple Emotion Corpora (Chair: B. Schuller)
16:50 INDUCED DISGUST, HAPPINESS AND SURPRISE: AN ADDITION TO THE MMI FACIAL EXPRESSION DATABASE
Michel F. Valstar and Maja Pantic

17:15 COMPLEMENTING DATASETS FOR RECOGNITION AND ANALYSIS OF AFFECT IN SPEECH
Tal Sobol-Shikler

17:40 CROSS-CORPUS CLASSIFICATION OF REALISTIC EMOTIONS - SOME PILOT EXPERIMENTS
Florian Eyben, Anton Batliner, Björn Schuller, Dino Seppi and Stefan Steidl

18:05 Closing Discussion (25 min)
18.30 End of workshop (followed by an informal dinner)

SUBMISSIONS



The workshop consisted of single track paper presentations.
Proceedings of the workshop were printed by the LREC Local Organising Committee.

Submitted papers underwent peer-review.

TIME SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION FEE



The workshop consisted of a full-day session, and there was time for collective discussions including a panel discussion.

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