Dear Colleagues,

we hope you may find interest in this year's 10th anniversary Interspeech 
Computational Paralinguistics Challenge (ComParE):

Call for Participation


Computational Paralinguistics challengE

Atypical & Self-Assessed Affect, Crying & Heart Beats


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

Stefan Steidl (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)

Anton Batliner (University of Augsburg, Germany)

Peter B. Marschik (MU Graz, Austria / UMC Göttingen, Germany / KI, Sweden)

Harald Baumeister (University of Ulm, Germany)

Fengquan Dong (Shenzhen University General Hospital, PR China)


16 March 2018 Paper abstract registration

23 March 2018 Final paper submission

11 June   2018 Final result upload

17 June   2018 Camera-ready paper

The Challenge:

The Interspeech 2018 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 nine 
consecutive Challenges at INTERSPEECH since 2009 (cf. the Challenge series' 
repository at, but there still exists a 
multiplicity of not yet covered, but highly relevant paralinguistic phenomena. 
Thus, in this year's 10th anniversary edition, we introduce four new tasks. The 
following Sub-Challenges are addressed:

*              In the Atypical Affect Sub-Challenge, emotion of disabled 
speakers is to be recognised.

*              In the Self-Assessed Affect Sub-Challenge, self-assessed affect 
shall be determined.

*              In the Crying Sub-Challenge, mood-related types of infant 
vocalisation have to be classified.

*              In the Heart Beats Sub-Challenge, types of Heart Beat Sounds 
need to be distinguished.

All Sub-Challenges allow contributors to find their own features with their own 
machine learning algorithm. However, a standard feature set and tools 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 set per Sub-Challenge, 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 2017 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 2018 in 
Hyderabad, India.

Prizes will be awarded to the Sub-Challenge winners. If you are interested and 
planning to participate in INTERSPEECH 2018 ComParE, or if you want to be kept 
informed about the Challenge, please send the organisers an e-mail 
(<>) to indicate your interest and visit 
the homepage:

With best wishes,

Björn Schuller
On behalf of the organisers


Professor Dr habil.
Björn W. Schuller

Chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing
University of Augsburg / Germany

Head GLAM - Group on Audio, Language & Music
Imperial College London / UK

Gilching / Germany

Visiting Professor
Harbin Institute of Technology / China

Editor in Chief
IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing<><>

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