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MAPTRAITS'14 — Mapping Personality Traits Challenge and Workshop 2014

Organised in conjunction with ACM ICMI'14 , 12 Nov. 2014, Istanbul/Turkey

The Mapping Personality Traits Challenge & Workshop (MAPTRAITS) series is a competition event aimed at the comparison of signal processing and machine learning methods for automatic visual, vocal and/or audio-visual analysis of traits and social dimensions. The MAPTRAITS'14 challenge aims to bring forth existing efforts and major accomplishments in modelling and analysis of personality and social traits in both discrete and continuous time and/or space, while focusing on current trends and pushing the state of the art in the field to new and novel future directions.

Program and Schedule

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

  • 09:00-09:15 Welcome & Introduction
  • 09:15-10:00 Keynote 1
    Personality Computing: How Machines Can Deal With Personality Traits
    Alessandro Vinciarelli (University of Glasgow, UK)
    Session Chair: Björn Schuller
  • 10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
  • 10:30-12:10 Session 1
    Session Chairs: Björn Schuller & Hatice Gunes
  • 10:30-10:55 MAPTRAITS 2014: The First Audio/Visual Mapping Personality Traits Challenge
    O. Celiktutan, F. Eyben, E. Sariyanidi, H. Gunes, and B. Schuller
  • 10:55-11:20 Automatic Recognition of Personality Traits: A Multimodal Approach
    Maxim Sidorov & Wolfgang Minker
  • 11:20-11:45 Continuous Mapping of Personality Traits: A Novel Challenge and Failure Conditions
    Heysem Kaya & Albert Ali Salah
  • 11:45-12:10 Acoustic Gait-based Person Identification using Hidden Markov Models
    Jürgen Geiger, Maximilian Kneißl, Björn Schuller and Gerhard Rigoll
  • 12:10-13:30 Lunch Break
  • 13:30-14:00 Keynote 2
    Modeling Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Dynamics
    Louis-Philippe Morency (CMU, USA)
    Session Chair: Hatice Gunes
  • 14:00-14:30 Session 2
    Organising Challenges: Achievements, Experiences, and the Future
    Björn Schuller & Hatice Gunes


To take part in the Challenge and to access the Challenge data, the following EULA needs to be filled, printed, signed, scanned, and emailed.

Please note that challenge participation is optional. Other papers that are relevant to the theme of personality analysis and mapping can be submitted in the form of workshop papers. Please feel free to email the organisers for any queries regarding this matter.


Hatice Gunes, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Björn Schuller, Technische Universität München, Germany / Imperial College London, UK
Oya Celiktutan, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Evangelos Sariyanidi, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Florian Eyben, Technische Universität München, Germany

Technical Program Committee

Oya Aran (IDIAP, Switzerland)
Anton Batliner (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Mohamed Chetouani (UPMC, France)
Marco Cristani (University of Verona, Italy)
Laurence Devillers (CNRS-LIMSI, France)
Julien Epps (Univ New South Wales, Australia)
Hayley Hung (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Shiro Kumano (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan)
Bruno Lepri (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy & MIT Media Lab, UA)
Gary McKeown (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Gelareh Mohammedi (IDIAP, Switzerland)
Peter Robinson (University of Cambridge, UK)
Stefan Scherer (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Nicu Sebe (University of Trento, Italy)
Ramanathan Subramanian (Advanced Digital Science Center, SG)
Jianhua Tao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Yan Tong (University of South Carolina, USA)
Khiet P. Truong (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Yi-Hsuan Yang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Stefanos Zafeiriou (Imperial College London, UK)

Important Dates

Challenge training/validation data released: 30 April, 2014
Baseline results/test data released: 30 June, 2014 (new)
Final results upload: 11 August, 2014 (new)
Challenge results notification: 13 August, 2014 (new)
Paper submission: 25 August, 2014 (new)
Notification: 5 September, 2014 (new)
Camera-ready submission: 9 September, 2014 (new)
Challenge and Workshop: 12 November, 2014


The MAPTRAITS Quantized Dataset consists of audio-visual interaction clips of 11 different subjects. These clips have been assessed by 6 raters along the five dimensions of the BF model, namely, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness, and the four additional dimensions of engagement, facial attractiveness, vocal attractiveness, and likability. The dimensions were scored on a Likert scale with ten possible values, from strongly disagree to strongly agree, mapped into the range from [1,10].
The MAPTRAITS Continuous Dataset has been created for continuous prediction of traits in time and in space. The raters used an annotation tool to view each clip and to continuously provide scores over time by scrolling a bar between 0 and 100. There are approximately 32-40 visual-only annotations per video for the five dimensions of BF model as well as engagement, likability and facial attractiveness, and 25 audio-visual annotations per video for agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness, engagement and vocal attractiveness dimensions.

Paper Submission

In submitting a manuscript to this workshop, the authors acknowledge that no paper substantially similar in content has been submitted to another conference or workshop. Manuscripts should be in the ACM ICMI paper format. Authors should submit papers as a PDF file. Papers accepted for the workshop will be allocated the maximum length of 8 pages in the two-column ACM conference format.
MAPTRAITS’14 reviewing is double blind. Reviewing will be by members of the program committee. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Acceptance will be based on relevance to the workshop, novelty, and technical quality. Submission and reviewing will be handled via EasyChair. Please submit your paper here.

Please note that challenge participation is optional. Other papers that are relevant to the theme of personality analysis and mapping can be submitted in the form of workshop papers. Please feel free to email the organisers for any queries regarding this matter.


The event is partially supported by the MAPTRAITS Project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (EPSRC) (Grant Ref: EP/K017500/1).

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