Learning Spontaneity to Improve Emotion Recognition in Speech

Karttikeya Mangalam, Tanaya Guha


We investigate the effect and usefulness of spontaneity (i.e. whether a given speech is spontaneous or not) in speech in the context of emotion recognition. We hypothesize that emotional content in speech is interrelated with its spontaneity and use spontaneity classification as an auxiliary task to the problem of emotion recognition. We propose two supervised learning settings that utilize spontaneity to improve speech emotion recognition: a hierarchical model that performs spontaneity detection before performing emotion recognition and a multitask learning model that jointly learns to recognize both spontaneity and emotion. Through various experiments on the well-known IEMOCAP database, we show that by using spontaneity detection as an additional task, significant improvement can be achieved over emotion recognition systems that are unaware of spontaneity. We achieve state-of-the-art emotion recognition accuracy (4-class, 69.1%) on the IEMOCAP database outperforming several relevant and competitive baselines.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1872

Cite as: Mangalam, K., Guha, T. (2018) Learning Spontaneity to Improve Emotion Recognition in Speech. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 946-950, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1872.


@inproceedings{Mangalam2018,
  author={Karttikeya Mangalam and Tanaya Guha},
  title={Learning Spontaneity to Improve Emotion Recognition in Speech},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},
  pages={946--950},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1872},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-1872}
}