From Speech to Emotion to Mood: Mental Health Modeling in Real-World Environments
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Emotions provide critical cues into our health and wellbeing. This is of particular importance in the context of mental health, where changes in emotion may signify changes in symptom severity. However, information about emotion and how it varies over time is often accessible only using survey methodology (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, EMA), which can become burdensome to participants over time. Automated speech emotion recognition systems could provide an alternative, providing quantitative measures of emotion using acoustic data captured passively from a consented individual’s environment. However, speech emotion recognition systems often falter when presented with data collected from unconstrained natural environments due to issues with robustness, generalizability, and invalid assumptions. In this talk, I will discuss our journey in speech-centric mental health modeling, explaining whether, how, and when emotion recognition can be applied to natural unconstrained speech data to measure changes in mental health symptom severity.
Date: 7 May 2024, 15:00 (Tuesday, 3rd week, Trinity 2024)
Speaker: Professor Emily Mower Provost (University of Michigan)
Organising department: Department of Psychiatry
Organiser: Dr Andrey Kormilitzin (University of Oxford)
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Host: Dr Andrey Kormilitzin (University of Oxford)
Part of: Artificial Intelligence for Mental Health Seminar Series
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Audience: Public
Editor: Andrey Kormilitzin