The program will have a forenoon session with the theme Detecting mental states and an afternoon session based on the theme Influencing mental states. Further details will be announced later.

The program will have :
Forenoon keynote speech: Understanding affective expressions and experiences through behavioral machine intelligence

Prof. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan

Behavioral signals in the audio and visual modalities available in speech, spoken language and body language offer a window into decoding not just what one is doing but how one is thinking and feeling. At the simplest level, this could entail determining who is talking to whom about what and how using automated audio and video analysis of verbal and nonverbal behavior. Computational modeling can also target more complex, higher level constructs, like the expression and processing of emotions. Behavioral signals combined with physiological signals such as heart rate, respiration and skin conductance offer further possibilities for understanding the dynamic cognitive and affective states in context. Machine intelligence could also help detect, analyze and model deviation from what is deemed typical. This talk will focus on multimodal bio-behavioral sensing, signal processing and machine learning approaches to computationally understand aspects of human affective expressions and experiences. It will draw upon specific case studies to illustrate the multimodal nature of the problem in the context of both vocal encoding of emotions in speech and song, as well as processing of these cues by humans.

Afternoon Keynote Speech: Everyday Features for Everyday Listening

Prof. John Ashley Burgoyne

You are sitting on a commuter train. How many passengers are wearing headphones? What are they listening to? What else are they doing? Most importantly, amid the cornucopia of distractions, what exactly are they hearing?
Much research in music cognition pits ‘musicians’, variously defined, against non-musicians. Recently, especially since the appearance of reliable measurement instruments for musicality in the general population (e.g., Müllensiefen et al., 2014), there has been growing interest in the space in between. Moreover, the ubiquity of smartphones has greatly enhanced the ability of techniques like gamification or Sloboda’s ‘experience sampling’ to reach this general population outside of a psychology lab.
Music information retrieval (MIR) – and signal processing research more generally – can provide the last ingredients to understand what is happening between our commuters’ earbuds: everyday features for studying everyday listening. Since Aucouturier and Bigand’s 2012 manifesto on the poor interpretability of traditional DSP measures, clever dimensionality reduction paired with feature sets like those from the FANTASTIC (Müllensiefen and Frieler, 2006) or CATCHY (Van Balen et al., 2015) toolboxes have sought a middle ground.
This talk will present several uses of everyday features from the CATCHY toolbox for studying everyday listening, most notably a discussion of the Hooked on Music series of experiments (Burgoyne et al., 2013) and a recent user study of thumbnailing at a national music service. In conclusion, it will outline some areas where MIR expertise can go further than just recommendation to learn about and engage with listeners during their daily musical activities.

Further details will be added later.

This year's workshop will conclude by 4:30 pm so that those travelling to Graz for the main conference can leave in time to avail transport options (train, cab...) early enough in the evening.