ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2021

The INTERSPEECH 2021 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: COVID-19 Cough, COVID-19 Speech, Escalation & Primates

Björn W. Schuller, Anton Batliner, Christian Bergler, Cecilia Mascolo, Jing Han, Iulia Lefter, Heysem Kaya, Shahin Amiriparian, Alice Baird, Lukas Stappen, Sandra Ottl, Maurice Gerczuk, Panagiotis Tzirakis, Chloë Brown, Jagmohan Chauhan, Andreas Grammenos, Apinan Hasthanasombat, Dimitris Spathis, Tong Xia, Pietro Cicuta, Leon J.M. Rothkrantz, Joeri A. Zwerts, Jelle Treep, Casper S. Kaandorp

The INTERSPEECH 2021 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge addresses four different problems for the first time in a research competition under well-defined conditions: In the COVID-19 Cough and COVID-19 Speech Sub-Challenges, a binary classification on COVID-19 infection has to be made based on coughing sounds and speech; in the Escalation Sub-Challenge, a three-way assessment of the level of escalation in a dialogue is featured; and in the Primates Sub-Challenge, four species vs background need to be classified. We describe the Sub-Challenges, baseline feature extraction, and classifiers based on the ‘usual’ ComParE and BoAW features as well as deep unsupervised representation learning using the auDeep toolkit, and deep feature extraction from pre-trained CNNs using the Deep Spectrum toolkit; in addition, we add deep end-to-end sequential modelling, and partially linguistic analysis.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-19

Cite as: Schuller, B.W., Batliner, A., Bergler, C., Mascolo, C., Han, J., Lefter, I., Kaya, H., Amiriparian, S., Baird, A., Stappen, L., Ottl, S., Gerczuk, M., Tzirakis, P., Brown, C., Chauhan, J., Grammenos, A., Hasthanasombat, A., Spathis, D., Xia, T., Cicuta, P., Rothkrantz, L.J.M., Zwerts, J.A., Treep, J., Kaandorp, C.S. (2021) The INTERSPEECH 2021 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: COVID-19 Cough, COVID-19 Speech, Escalation & Primates. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 431-435, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-19

@inproceedings{schuller21_interspeech,
  author={Björn W. Schuller and Anton Batliner and Christian Bergler and Cecilia Mascolo and Jing Han and Iulia Lefter and Heysem Kaya and Shahin Amiriparian and Alice Baird and Lukas Stappen and Sandra Ottl and Maurice Gerczuk and Panagiotis Tzirakis and Chloë Brown and Jagmohan Chauhan and Andreas Grammenos and Apinan Hasthanasombat and Dimitris Spathis and Tong Xia and Pietro Cicuta and Leon J.M. Rothkrantz and Joeri A. Zwerts and Jelle Treep and Casper S. Kaandorp},
  title={{The INTERSPEECH 2021 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: COVID-19 Cough, COVID-19 Speech, Escalation & Primates}},
  year=2021,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2021},
  pages={431--435},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2021-19}
}