Dear List Members,

Hoping this may be of interest to you, allow us to announce the MAPTRAITS Challenge below.

MAPTRAITS'14 — Call for Papers

1st International Audio/Visual Mapping Personality Traits Challenge and Workshop

in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2014), Istanbul , Turkey, 12 November 2014

The Mapping Personality Traits Challenge and Workshop (MAPTRAITS) is a competition event aimed at the comparison of signal processing and machine learning methods for automatic visual, vocal and/or audio-visual analysis of traits and social dimensions. The MAPTRAITS'14 challenge aims to bring forth existing efforts and major accomplishments in modelling and analysis of personality and social traits in both discrete and continuous time and/or space, while focusing on current trends and pushing the state of the art in the field to new and novel future directions.

There will be two sub-challenges:  (1) Quantized trait recognition and (2) Continuous trait prediction. Data consists of audio-visual interaction clips that have been assessed by multiple raters along the five dimensions of the BF model, namely, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness, and the four additional dimensions of engagement, facial attractiveness, vocal attractiveness, and likability.

The full Call for Participation, together with more information about the mechanics of the challenge, can be found on the emotion-research portal:

The participation and registration form can be downloaded from: .

Hatice Gunes, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Björn Schuller, Technische Universität München, Germany / Imperial College London, UK
Oya Celiktutan, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Evangelos Sariyanidi, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Florian Eyben, Technische Universität München, Germany

Technical Program Committee
Oya Aran (IDIAP, Switzerland)
Anton Batliner (Technische Universität München, Germany)
Mohamed Chetouani (UPMC, France)
Marco Cristani (University of Verona, Italy)
Laurence Devillers (CNRS-LIMSI, France)
Julien Epps (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Hayley Hung (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands)
Shiro Kumano (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Japan)
Bruno Lepri (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy & MIT Media Lab, USA)
Gary McKeown (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Gelareh Mohammedi (IDIAP, Switzerland)
Peter Robinson (University of Cambridge, UK)
Stefan Scherer (USC Institute for Creative Technologies, USA)
Nicu Sebe (University of Trento, Italy)
Ramanathan Subramanian (Advanced Digital Science Center, Singapore)
Jianhua Tao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Yan Tong (University of South Carolina, USA)
Khiet P. Truong (University of Twente, the Netherlands)
Yi-Hsuan Yang (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Stefanos Zafeiriou (Imperial College London, UK)

Important Dates
Challenge data released: 30 April, 2014
Baseline results: 30 May, 2014
Paper submission: 18 August, 2014
Notification: 1 September, 2014
Camera-ready submission: 15 September, 2014
Challenge and Workshop: 12 November, 2014

PD Dr.-Ing. habil.
Björn W. Schuller
Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning
Department of Computing
Imperial College London
London / UK

Machine Intelligence & Signal Processing Group
Institute for Human-Machine Communication
Technische Universität München
Munich / Germany

audEERING UG (limited)
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
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