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Guest Editorial: Special Section on Naturalistic Affect Resources for System Building and Evaluation

Björn Schuller, IEEE
Anton Batliner

Pages: pp. 3-4


We would like to thank the editor in chief, Jonathan Gratch, for his help with this special issue and the 35 reviewers that not only helped with the decision process but contributed with excellent reviews to make this issue special: Alexandra Balahur, Nadia Berthouze, Yves Bestgen, Felix Burkhardt, Carlos Busso, Ginevra Castellano, Jeffrey Cohn, Roddy Cowie, Laurence Devillers, Florian Eyben, Anna Esposito, Christos Frantzidis, Roland Goecke, Hatice Gunes, Dirk Heylen, Diana Inkpen, Kostas Karpouzis, Abe Kazemzadeh, Jonghwa Kim, Kolja Kühnlenz, Bruno Lepri, Jean-Claude Martin, Marie-Francine Moens, Emily Mower, Alexander Osherenko, Massimo Piccardi, Michael Popp, Tanja Schultz, Dino Seppi, Stefan Steidl, Alessandro Valitutti, Michel Valstar, Nigel Ward, Felix Weninger, and Martin Wöllmer.

About the Authors

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Björn Schuller received the diploma in 1999 and the doctoral degree in 2006, both in electrical engineering and information technology from the Technische Universität München (TUM), where he has since been tenured as a senior researcher and lecturer in pattern recognition and speech processing. From 2009 to 2010 he was with the CNRS-LIMSI Spoken Language Processing Group in Orsay, France, and a visiting scientist at Imperial College London's Department of Computing in London, United Kingdom. He is a member of the ACM, HUMAINE Association, IEEE, and ISCA and has (co)authored two books and more than 200 peer reviewed publications, leading to more than 2,400 citations—his current H-index equals 26. He serves as a member and secretary of the steering committee and as an associate and guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, as a guest editor and reviewer for more than 30 leading journals and multiple conferences in the field, and as an invited speaker, session and challenge organizer, including the INTERSPEECH 2009 Emotion, 2010 Paralinguistic, and 2011 Speaker State Challenges and chairman and program committee member of numerous international workshops and conferences.
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Ellen Douglas-Cowie graduated with the BA and DPhil degrees in sociolinguistics from the New University of Ulster (1972). She became a lecturer in linguistics at Queen's University Belfast in 1975, and a professor in 2003, since when she has been Dean of Faculty and pro-Vice-Chancellor. Her research has studied the characteristics that distinguish varieties of speech—clinical, social, and stylistic—and includes seminal papers on sociolinguistics and deafened speech. She has particular expertise in the analysis of prosody and in fieldwork, particularly the collection of data. She has worked on a series of projects concerned with the identification and recognition of emotion from speech and face (see above), and led the HUMAINE work package on databases. High profile output includes coeditorship of an influential special edition of Speech Communication (2003).
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Anton Batliner received the MA degree in Scandinavian languages and the Drphil degree in phonetics in 1978, both from LMU Munich. He has been a member of the research staff of the Institute for Pattern Recognition at Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) since 1997. He is coeditor of one book and author/coauthor of more than 200 technical articles, with a current H-index of 30 and more than 3,500 citations. His research interests are the modeling and automatic recognition of emotional user states, all aspects of prosody and paralinguistics in speech processing, uni and multimodal focus of attention, pronunciation assessment, and spontaneous speech phenomena such as disfluencies, irregular phonation, etc. He served as Workshop/Session (co)organizer for Emotional Corpora I, II, III (LREC), Paralinguistics (ICPhS 07), Non-prototypical Emotions (ACCI 09), Emotion Challenge (INTERSPEECH 2009), Paralinguistic Challenge (INTERSPEECH 2010), Computer Aided Pronunciation Training (Prosody 2010); he was a guest editor for AHCI, Computer Speech and Language, and Speech Communication, and is associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing as well as a reviewer for numerous leading journals and conferences.
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