11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

The INTERSPEECH 2010 Paralinguistic Challenge

Björn Schuller (1), Stefan Steidl (2), Anton Batliner (2), Felix Burkhardt (3), Laurence Devillers (1), Christian Müller (4), Shrikanth S. Narayanan (5)

(1) LIMSI, France
(2) FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
(3) Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany
(4) DFKI, Germany
(5) University of Southern California, USA

Most paralinguistic analysis tasks are lacking agreed-upon evaluation procedures and comparability, in contrast to more ‘traditional’ disciplines in speech analysis. The INTERSPEECH 2010 Paralinguistic Challenge shall help overcome the usually low compatibility of results, by addressing three selected sub-challenges. In the Age Sub-Challenge, the age of speakers has to be determined in four groups. In the Gender Sub-Challenge, a three-class classi?cation task has to be solved and finally, the Affect Sub-Challenge asks for speakers’ interest in ordinal representation. This paper introduces the conditions, the Challenge corpora “aGender” and “TUM AVIC” and standard feature sets that may be used. Further, baseline results are given.

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Bibliographic reference.  Schuller, Björn / Steidl, Stefan / Batliner, Anton / Burkhardt, Felix / Devillers, Laurence / Müller, Christian / Narayanan, Shrikanth S. (2010): "The INTERSPEECH 2010 paralinguistic challenge", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2794-2797.