Speech Emotion Recognition With Early Visual Cross-modal Enhancement Using Spiking Neural Networks

Esma Mansouri-Benssassi, Juan Ye
2019 2019 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN)  
Speech emotion recognition (SER) is an important part of affective computing and signal processing research areas. A number of approaches, especially deep learning techniques, have achieved promising results on SER. However, there are still challenges in translating temporal and dynamic changes in emotions through speech. Spiking Neural Networks (SNN) have demonstrated as a promising approach in machine learning and pattern recognition tasks such as handwriting and facial expression
more » ... In this paper, we investigate the use of SNNs for SER tasks and more importantly we propose a new cross-modal enhancement approach. This method is inspired by the auditory information processing in the brain where auditory information is preceded, enhanced and predicted by a visual processing in multisensory audio-visual processing. We have conducted experiments on two datasets to compare our approach with the state-of-the-art SER techniques in both uni-modal and multi-modal aspects. The results have demonstrated that SNNs can be an ideal candidate for modeling temporal relationships in speech features and our cross-modal approach can significantly improve the accuracy of SER.
doi:10.1109/ijcnn.2019.8852473 dblp:conf/ijcnn/Mansouri-Benssassi19 fatcat:by6d43nu5bfetbdrh5x6id6kuq