2022

Vocalisations, Stuttering, Activity, & Mosquitos

ACM Multimedia 2022 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE)

The ACM Multimedia 2022 Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE) is an open Grand Challenge dealing with states and traits of speakers as manifested in their speech signal’s properties and beyond. There have so far been twelve consecutive Challenges held annually at INTERSPEECH 2009 – 2021 (cf. the repository), but there still exists a multiplicity of not yet covered, but highly relevant paralinguistic phenomena. Thus, we introduce four new tasks by the Vocalisations Sub-Challenge, the Stuttering Sub-Challenge, the Activity Sub-Challenge, and the Mosquitos Sub-Challenge (see also for the data descriptions). For the tasks, the data are provided by the organisers. The Sub-Challenges are generally open for participation.

The ACM Multimedia 2022 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE) shall help bridging the gap between excellent research on paralinguistic information in audio and other modalities and low compatibility of results. The results of the Challenge will be presented at ACM Multimedia 2022 in Lisbon. Prizes will be awarded to the Sub-Challenge winners. 

If you are interested and planning to participate in the Computational Paralinguistics Challenge, or if you want to be kept informed about the Challenge, please send the organisers an e-mail to indicate your interest.

Last updated:
22 July 2022

Last addition:
Paper camera ready submission deadline ends 23 July 2022 – please submit here, choosing our challenge: https://openreview.net/group?id=acmmm.org/ACMMM/2022/Track/Grand_Challenges

Organisers:

General Chairs:
Björn Schuller (University of Augsburg, Germany / Imperial College London, UK / audEERING)
Anton Batliner (University of Augsburg, Germany) 
Shahin Amiriparian (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Christian Bergler (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg Erlangen, Germany)

Data Chairs:
Natalie Holz (MPI Frankfurt, Germany)
Sebastian Bayerl (TH Nürnberg, Germany)
Korbinian Riedhammer (TH Nürnberg, Germany)
Adria Mallol-Ragolta (University of Augsburg, Germany)
Maria Pateraki (FORTH, Greece)
Harry Coppock (Imperial College London, UK)
Ivan Kiskin (University of Oxford, UK)
Stephen Roberts (University of Oxford, UK)

Officially started:
9 May 2022

Important Dates:
25 June 2022 (extended) Paper submission at http://2022.acmmm.org
1 July 2022 Final result upload
19 July 2022 Notification of acceptance 
23 July 2022 Camera-ready paper 

To get started: 

Please register your team by email to
Christian Bergler: christian.bergler@fau.de .

Then, please obtain the according End-User License Agreements (EULAs) to get a password and further instructions for the download of the datasets: Please fill out electronically the PDF for the dataset(s) you wish to obtain, and print, sign, scan, and email – to the email addresses given on the agreements – both the electronic version and the scans accordingly to ease handling. The agreement(s) has/have to be signed by a permanent staff member.

To obtain the EULAs, please contact per Sub-Challenge:
Vocalisations Sub-Challenge: Natalie Holz: natalie.holz@ae.mpg.de
Stuttering Sub-Challenge: Sebastian Bayerl: sebastian.bayerl@th-nuernberg.de
Activity Sub-Challenge: Adria Mallol-Ragolta: adria.mallol-ragolta@informatik.uni-augsburg.de
Mosquitos Sub-Challenge: Ivan Kiskin: ivankiskin1@gmail.com

After downloading the data you can directly start your experiments with the data sets. Once you found your best method you should write your paper for the Grand Challenge. At the same time, you can compute your results per instance and Sub-Challenge task on the test set and upload them: we will then let you know your performance result.

If you have questions, ideally contact all of the General Chairs (see above).

*Read about it:* Paper on the Grand Challenge to be cited.
*Participate:* Result submission will open later during the Grand Challenge. Participants will be contacted by email for the result submission procedure.  

Paper on the Challenge: The introductory Paper on the Grand Challenge provides extensive descriptions and baseline results. All participants will be asked to avoid repetitions of the Grand Challenge, data, or feature descriptions in their submissions – of course, they have to describe shortly the essentials of the databases dealt with – but include the following citation:

Björn W. Schuller, Anton Batliner, Shahin Amiriparian, Christian Bergler, Maurice Gerczuk, Natalie Holz, Pauline Larrouy-Maestri, Sebastian P. Bayerl, Korbinian Riedhammer, Adria Mallol-Ragolta, Maria Pateraki, Harry Coppock, Ivan Kiskin, Marianne Sinka, Stephen Roberts: “The ACM Multimedia 2022 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: Vocalisations, Stuttering, Activity, & Mosquitos”, Proceedings ACM Multimedia 2022, ACM, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022.

In bibtex, the reference is:

@inproceedings{Schuller22-TI2,
author = {Bj\”orn W.\ Schuller and Anton Batliner and Shahin Amiriparian and Christian Bergler and Maurice Gerczuk and Natalie Holz and Pauline Larrouy-Maestri and Sebastian P. Bayerl and Korbinian Riedhammer and Adria Mallol-Ragolta and Maria Pateraki and Harry Coppock and Ivan Kiskin and Marianne Sinka and Stephen Roberts},
title = {{The ACM Multimedia 2022 Computational Paralinguistics Challenge: Vocalisations, Stuttering, Activity, \& Mosquitos}},
booktitle = {{Proceedings ACM Multimedia 2022}},
year = {2022},
address = {Lisbon, Portugal},
publisher = {ISCA},
month = {October},
note = {to appear},
}

Result Submission: Available soon. Registered participants were contacted by email. 

Paper Submission (all participants): Please be reminded that a paper submission and at least one upload on the test set are mandatory for the participation in the Challenge. In any case, please submit your paper until 18 June 2022 (and final results by 15 June 2022) using the standard style info and respecting length limits, and submit to the regular submission system. Important: as topic you should choose only this Grand Challenge (Computational Paralinguistics Challenge 2022). The papers will undergo the normal review process. Papers shall not repeat the descriptions of database, labels, partitioning etc. of the Sub-Challenge corpora but cite the introductive paper (cf. above).

Participants may contribute in all Sub-Challenges at a time. A training and development partitioning will allow for tests and results to be reported by the participants apart from their results on the official test set. Papers may well report additional results on other databases. An additional publication is planned that summarises all results of the Challenge and results combination by ensemble techniques. However, this publication will be post ACM Multimedia 2022.

More Information will follow on a regular basis.