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Issue No. 01 - Jan.-March (2012 vol. 3)
ISSN: 1949-3045
pp: 5-17
G. McKeown , Sch. of Psychol., Queen's Univ. Belfast, Belfast, UK
M. Valstar , Dept. of Comput., Imperial Coll. London, London, UK
R. Cowie , Sch. of Psychol., Queen's Univ. Belfast, Belfast, UK
M. Pantic , Dept. of Comput., Imperial Coll. London, London, UK
M. Schroder , Language Technol. Lab., DFKI GmbH, Saarbrucken, Germany
SEMAINE has created a large audiovisual database as a part of an iterative approach to building Sensitive Artificial Listener (SAL) agents that can engage a person in a sustained, emotionally colored conversation. Data used to build the agents came from interactions between users and an "operator” simulating a SAL agent, in different configurations: Solid SAL (designed so that operators displayed an appropriate nonverbal behavior) and Semi-automatic SAL (designed so that users' experience approximated interacting with a machine). We then recorded user interactions with the developed system, Automatic SAL, comparing the most communicatively competent version to versions with reduced nonverbal skills. High quality recording was provided by five high-resolution, high-framerate cameras, and four microphones, recorded synchronously. Recordings total 150 participants, for a total of 959 conversations with individual SAL characters, lasting approximately 5 minutes each. Solid SAL recordings are transcribed and extensively annotated: 6-8 raters per clip traced five affective dimensions and 27 associated categories. Other scenarios are labeled on the same pattern, but less fully. Additional information includes FACS annotation on selected extracts, identification of laughs, nods, and shakes, and measures of user engagement with the automatic system. The material is available through a web-accessible database.
visual databases, audio databases, behavioural sciences computing, cameras, interactive systems, Internet, iterative methods, microphones, natural language processing, Web-accessible database, SEMAINE database, annotated multimodal records, emotionally colored conversations, limited agent, audiovisual database, iterative approach, sensitive artificial listener agents, solid SAL, semiautomatic SAL, user interactions, Automatic SAL, reduced nonverbal skills, high-resolution high-framerate cameras, microphones, affective dimensions, FACS annotation, Databases, Humans, Solids, Face, Buildings, Speech, social signal processing., Emotional corpora, affective annotation, affective computing

R. Cowie, M. Valstar, G. McKeown, M. Pantic and M. Schroder, "The SEMAINE Database: Annotated Multimodal Records of Emotionally Colored Conversations between a Person and a Limited Agent," in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, vol. 3, no. , pp. 5-17, 2012.
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