Attention Assisted Discovery of Sub-Utterance Structure in Speech Emotion Recognition

Che-Wei Huang, Shrikanth S. Narayanan


Recently, attention mechanism based deep learning has gained much popularity in speech recognition and natural language processing due to its flexibility at the decoding phase. Through the attention mechanism, the relevant encoding context vectors contribute a majority portion to the construction of the decoding context, while the effect of the irrelevant ones is minimized. Inspired by this idea, a speech emotion recognition system is proposed in this work for an active selection of sub-utterance representations to better compose a discriminative utterance representation. Compared to the baseline of a model based on the uniform attention, i.e. no attention at all, an attention based model improves the weighted accuracy by an absolute of 1.46% (and relative 57.87% to 59.33%) on the emotion classification task. Moreover, the selection distribution leads to a better understanding of the sub-utterance structure in an emotional utterance.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-448

Cite as

Huang, C., Narayanan, S.S. (2016) Attention Assisted Discovery of Sub-Utterance Structure in Speech Emotion Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 1387-1391.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Huang+2016,
author={Che-Wei Huang and Shrikanth S. Narayanan},
title={Attention Assisted Discovery of Sub-Utterance Structure in Speech Emotion Recognition},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-448},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-448},
pages={1387--1391}
}