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Deadline Extension to 1st March: 3rd Workshop on EMOTION (satellite of LREC2010)

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Final Call for Papers

Third International Workshop on EMOTION (satellite of LREC):


Sunday, 23rd May 2010
Mediterranean Conference Centre
Valletta Malta

In Association with


Main Conference 19th-21st May 2010


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 are invited in the area of corpora for research on emotion and
affect. Topics include, but are 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


Laurence Devillers / Björn Schuller

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

Anton Batliner
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Contact: Laurence Devillers and Björn Schuller, lrec-emotion@xxxxxxxx


Deadline for 1500-2000 words abstract submission    1st March (NEW)
Notification of acceptance                         12th March
Final version of accepted paper                    22nd March
Workshop full-day                                  23rd May


The workshop will consist of paper and poster presentations.

Submitted abstracts of papers for oral and poster must consist of about
1500-2000 words. Final submissions should be 4-8 pages long, must be in
English, and follow the submission guidelines at LREC2010. Papers need to
be submitted via the START page of LREC 2010. When submitting a paper from
the START page, authors will be asked to provide essential information
about resources (in a broad sense, i.e. also technologies, standards,
evaluation kits, etc.) that have been used for the work described in the
paper or are a new result of your research. For further information on
this new iniative, please refer to


Following this initiative, all contributions shall provide an additional
corpus description according to a template (with example) provided by the
organisers at the time of final submission. The information will consist of
providing site, domain, classes or dimensions with definition, context,
language(s), spoken content, type, status, size, speaker and instance
numbers, total duration, recording, encoding and storage details,
annotator number, annotation state and format, and partitioning type. In
addition they are asked to provide audio examples if possible.

As soon as possible, authors are encouraged to send to
lrec-emotion@xxxxxxxx a brief email indicating their intention to
participate, including their contact information and the topic they intend
to address in their submissions. Submission site:

Proceedings of the workshop will be printed by the LREC Local Organising

Submitted papers will undergo peer-review.


The workshop will consist of a full-day session, and there will be time
for collective discussions.
For this full-day Workshop, the registration fee will be specified on

Thank you and best,

Laurence Devillers and Björn Schuller on behalf of the organisers


Dr. Björn Schuller

Spoken Language Processing Group
BP133 91403 Orsay cedex