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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Extended Deadline: 2nd Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2012)
From: <schuller_(on)_tum.de>
Date received: 16 Jul 2012
Deadline: 31 Jul 2012
Start date: 22 Oct 2012





Dear List,

We would like to bring to your attention the extended submission
deadline of the

2nd International Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop
(AVEC2012),

organised in conjunction with ACM ICMI2012 this year.

See below for the CFP including the updated dates - apologies for
potential cross-posting.

_____________________________________________________________

Call for Participation / Papers

2nd International Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop
(AVEC 2012)

in conjunction with ACM ICMI 2012, October 22, Santa Monica,
California, USA

http://sspnet.eu/avec2012/ http://www.acm.org/icmi/2012/

Register and download data and features:
http://avec-db.sspnet.eu/accounts/register/

_____________________________________________________________

Scope

The Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2012) will
be the second competition event aimed at comparison of multimedia
processing and machine learning methods for automatic audio,
visual and audiovisual emotion analysis, with all participants
competing under strictly the same conditions. The goal of the
Challenge is to provide a common benchmark test set for
individual multimodal information processing and to bring
together the audio and video emotion recognition communities, to
compare the relative merits of the two approaches to emotion
recognition under well-defined and strictly comparable conditions
and establish to what extent fusion of the approaches is possible
and beneficial. A second motivation is the need to advance
emotion recognition systems to be able to deal with naturalistic
behavior in large volumes of un-segmented, non-prototypical and
non-preselected data as this is exactly the type of data that
both multimedia retrieval and human-machine/human-robot
communication interfaces have to face in the real world.

We are calling for teams to participate in emotion recognition
from acoustic audio analysis, linguistic audio analysis, video
analysis, or any combination of these. As benchmarking database
the SEMAINE database of naturalistic video and audio of
human-agent interactions, along with labels for four affect
dimensions will be used. Emotion will have to be recognized in
terms of continuous time, continuous valued dimensional affect in
the dimensions arousal, expectation, power and valence. Two
Sub-Challenges are addressed: The Word-Level Sub-Challenge
requires participants to predict the level of affect at
word-level and only when the user is speaking. The Fully
Continuous Sub-Challenge involves fully continuous affect
recognition, where the level of affect has to be predicted for
every moment of the recording.

Besides participation in the Challenge we are calling for papers
addressing the overall topics of this workshop, in particular
works that address the differences between audio and video
processing of emotive data, and the issues concerning combined
audio-visual emotion recognition

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Audio/Visual Emotion Recognition:
. Audio-based Emotion Recognition
. Linguistics-based Emotion Recognition
. Video-based Emotion Recognition
. Social Signals in Emotion Recognition
. Multi-task learning of Multiple Dimensions
. Novel Fusion Techniques as by Prediction
. Cross-corpus Feature Relevance
. Agglomeration of Learning Data
. Semi- and Unsupervised Learning
. Synthesized Training Material
. Context in Audio/Visual Emotion Recognition
. Multiple Rater Ambiguity

Application:
. Multimedia Coding and Retrieval
. Usability of Audio/Visual Emotion Recognition
. Real-time Issues

Important Dates
___________________________________________

Paper submission July 31, 2012

Notification of acceptance August 14, 2012

Camera ready paper and final challenge result submission August
18, 2012

Workshop October 22, 2012

Organisers
___________________________________________

Björn Schuller (Tech. Univ. Munich, Germany) Michel Valstar
University of Nottingham, UK) Roddy Cowie (Queen's University
Belfast, UK) Maja Pantic (Imperial College London, UK)

Program Committee
___________________________________________

Elisabeth André, Universität Augsburg, Germany Anton Batliner,
Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany Felix Burkhardt, Deutsche
Telekom, Germany Rama Chellappa, University of Maryland, USA Fang
Chen, NICTA, Australia Mohamed Chetouani, Institut des Systèmes
Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), Fance Laurence Devillers,
Laboratoire d'Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de
l'Ingénieur (LIMSI), France Julien Epps, University of New South
Wales, Australia Anna Esposito, International Institute for
Advanced Scientific Studies, Italy Raul Fernandez, IBM, USA
Roland Göcke, Australian National University, Australia Hatice
Gunes, Queen Mary University London, UK Julia Hirschberg,
Columbia University, USA Aleix Martinez, Ohio State University,
USA Marc Méhu, University of Geneva, Switzerland Marcello
Mortillaro, University of Geneva, Switzerland Matti Pietikainen,
University of Oulu, Finland Ioannis Pitas, University of
Thessaloniki, Greece Peter Robinson, University of Cambridge, UK
Stefan Steidl, Uinversität Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany Jianhua
Tao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Fernando de la Torre,
Carnegie Mellon University, USA Mohan Trivedi, University of
California San Diego, USA Matthew Turk, University of California
Santa Barbara, USA Alessandro Vinciarelli, University of Glasgow,
UK Stefanos Zafeiriou, Imperial College London, UK

Please regularly visit our website http://sspnet.eu/avec2012 for
more information and excuse cross-postings,

Thank you very much and all the best,

Björn Schuller, Michel Valstar, Roddy Cowie, Maja Pantic

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