Understanding social signals in multi-party conversations: automatic recognition of socio-emotional roles in the AMI meeting corpus

Vinciarelli, A. , Valente, F., Yella, S.H. and Sapru, A. (2011) Understanding social signals in multi-party conversations: automatic recognition of socio-emotional roles in the AMI meeting corpus. In: 2011 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), Anchorage, AK, 9-12 Oct 2011, pp. 374-379. (doi:10.1109/ICSMC.2011.6083694)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICSMC.2011.6083694

Abstract

Any social interaction is characterized by roles, patterns of behavior recognized as such by the interacting participants and corresponding to shared expectations that people hold about their own behavior as well as the behavior of others. In this respect, social roles are a key aspect of social interaction because they are the basis for making reasonable guesses about human behavior. Recognizing roles is a crucial need towards understanding (possibly in an automatic way) any social exchange, whether this means to identify dominant individuals, detect conflict, assess engagement or spot conversation highlights. This work presents an investigation on language-independent automatic social role recognition in AMI meetings, spontaneous multi-party conversations, based solely on turn organization and prosodic features. At first turn-taking statistics and prosodic features are integrated into a single generative conversation model which achieves an accuracy of 59%. This model is then extended to explicitly account for dependencies (or influence) between speakers achieving an accuracy of 65%. The last contribution consists in investigating the statistical dependency between the formal and the social role that participants have; integrating the information related to the formal role in the recognition model achieves an accuracy of 68%. The paper is concluded highlighting some future directions.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Vinciarelli, Professor Alessandro
Authors: Vinciarelli, A., Valente, F., Yella, S.H., and Sapru, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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