CS 4995/6998: Topics in Speech Processing: Computational Approaches to Emotional Speech, Fall 2011
Time: W 6:10pm-8:00pm
Place: CSB 453 (CS Conference Room)
Professor Julia Hirschberg
(Office Hours: Tu 3:30-4:30, Th 2:30-3:30)
Teaching Assistant TBD
This course introduces students to research on emotional speech and its applications in call centers, tutoring systems, and medical diagnosis. We will explore state-of-the-art work on recognizing and producing classic emotions automatically. Emotions such as anger, happiness, sadness, and uncertainty are important to recognize in online dialogue systems and to produce in computer games. We will also study the recognition of other types of speaker state, including deceptive and charismatic speech, and the uses of acoustic and prosodic information in medical domains, for the diagnosis of mental and physical conditions. Classes will be lecture and discussion with an emphasis on group participation. There are no prerequisites for the course and no exams.
Students will be expected to complete all required reading assignments before the class for which they are assigned. They will prepare weekly discussion questions based on assigned readings and submit them by noon on the day before class. Prepare 3 questions for each of the required papers for the week. Each student will lead one class discussion on an optional paper of their choice. They will also prepare a term Project either alone or in teams for presentation during the finals period assigned for the course. There will be no midterm or final exam.
Question submission procedures are here.
Information on paper presentations is here.
See the syllabus for project proposal, interim report, and final report requirements.
Class participation: 30%
Class presentation: 10%
Project Proposal: 10%
Project presentation: 10%
Copying or paraphrasing someone's work (code included), or permitting your own work to be copied or paraphrased, even if only in part, is not allowed, and will result in an automatic grade of 0 for the entire assignment or exam in which the copying or paraphrasing was done. Your grade should reflect your own work. If you believe you are going to have trouble completing an assignment, please talk to the instructor or TA in advance of the due date.
- Chris Manning's list of available NLP resources
- Praat - Praat resources
- Help using ToBI - ToBI Annotation Environments
- Whissel's Dictionary of Affect
- Feeltrace download
- FACS facial coding system
- Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC)
- Synface demo
- Draft Standard for Emotional Speech Markup Language
- Mary Emotional TTS