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[AUDITORY] [Interspeech 2016 ComParE] Computational Paralinguistics Challenge - Deception Sub-Challenge Opened

Dear Colleagues,


the Interspeech 2016 Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE) has opened the Deception Sub-Challenge.

All Sub-Challenges are now open.


Please find details at:



With best wishes


Björn Schuller

On behalf of the organisers



Call for Participation


Computational Paralinguistics challengE


Deception, Sincerity & Native Language



Björn Schuller (University of Passau, Germany & Imperial College London, UK)

Stefan Steidl (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Anton Batliner (TUM, Germany)

Julia Hirschberg (Columbia University, USA)

Judee K. Burgoon (University of Arizona, USA)

Eduardo Coutinho (University of Liverpool, UK)



Paper Submission          23 March 2016

Final Result Upload        16 June   2016

Camera-ready Paper     24 June   2016


The Challenge









The Interspeech 2016 Computational Paralinguistics ChallengE (ComParE) is an open Challenge dealing with states and traits of speakers as manifested in their speech signal’s acoustic properties. There have so far been seven consecutive Challenges at INTERSPEECH since 2009 (cf. the Challenge series‘ repository at http://www.compare.openaudio.eu), but there still exists a multiplicity of not yet covered, but highly relevant paralinguistic phenomena. Thus, we introduce three new tasks in this year’s edition. The following Sub-Challenges are addressed:


              In the Deception Sub-Challenge, deceptive speech has to be identified.

              In the Sincerity Sub-Challenge, perceived sincerity of speakers has to be determined for the first time.

              In the Native Language Sub-Challenge, the native language of non-native English speakers from eleven countries has to be recognised.


All Sub-Challenges allow contributors to find their own features with their own machine learning algorithm. However, a standard feature set will be provided that may be used. Participants will have to stick to the definition of training, development, and test sets as given. They may report results obtained on the development sets, but have only five trials to upload their results on the test sets depending on the Sub-Challenges, whose labels are unknown to them. Each participation has to be accompanied by a paper presenting the results that undergoes the normal Interspeech peer-review and has to be accepted for the conference in order to participate in the Challenge. The organisers preserve the right to re-evaluate the findings, but will not participate themselves in the Challenge.

In these respects, the INTERSPEECH 2016 Computational Paralinguistics challengE (ComParE) shall help bridging the gap between excellent research on paralinguistic information in spoken language and low compatibility of results. We encourage both – contributions aiming at highest performance w.r.t. the baselines provided by the organisers, and contributions aiming at finding new and interesting insights w.r.t. these data. Overall, contributions using the provided or equivalent data are sought for (but not limited to):


·         Participation in a Sub-Challenge

·         Contributions focussing on Computational Paralinguistics centred around the Challenge topics


The results of the Challenge will be presented at Interspeech 2016 in San Francisco, U.S.A.

Prizes will be awarded to the Sub-Challenge winners. If you are interested and planning to participate in INTERSPEECH 2016 ComParE, or if you want to be kept informed about the Challenge, please send the organisers an e-mail (bjoern.schuller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) to indicate your interest and visit the homepage: http://emotion-research.net/sigs/speech-sig/is16-compare






Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

Björn W. Schuller


Head (Full Professor)

Chair of Complex and Intelligent Systems

University of Passau

Passau / Germany


Reader (Associate Professor)

Department of Computing

Imperial College London

London / U.K.




Gilching / Germany


Visiting Professor

School of Computer Science and Technology

Harbin Institute of Technology

Harbin / P.R. China



Institute for Information and Communication Technologies

Joanneum Research

Graz / Austria



Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives

Université de Genève

Geneva / Switzerland


Editor in Chief

IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing






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