Eero Väyrynen

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In this paper, experiments on the automatic discrimination of basic emotions from spoken Finnish are described. For the purpose of the study, a large emotional speech corpus of Finnish was collected; 14 professional actors acted as speakers, and simulated four primary emotions when reading out a semantically neutral text. More than 40 prosodic features were(More)
An emotional speech corpus of Finnish was collected that includes utterances of four emotional states of speakers. More than 40 prosodic features were derived and automatically computed for the speech samples. Statistical classification experiments with kNN classifier and human listening tests indicate that emotion recognition performance comparable to(More)
Mental overload directly affects safety in aviation and needs to be alleviated. Speech recordings are obtained non-invasively and as such are feasible for monitoring cognitive load. We recorded speech of 13 military pilots while they were performing a simulator task. Three types of cognitive load (load on situation awareness, information processing and(More)
Asperger's syndrome (AS) belongs to the group of autism spectrum disorders and is characterized by deficits in social interaction, as manifested e.g. by the lack of social or emotional reciprocity. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social interaction. Abnormal prosody has been frequently identified as a core feature of AS. There(More)
Fundamental frequency (F(0)) and intensity are known to be important variables in the communication of emotions in speech. In singing, however, pitch is predetermined and yet the voice should convey emotions. Hence, other vocal parameters are needed to express emotions. This study investigated the role of voice source characteristics and formant frequencies(More)
General anesthesia is usually induced with a combination of drugs. In addition to the hypnotic agent, such as propofol, opioids are often used due to their synergistic hypnotic and analgesic properties. However, the effects of opioids on the EEG changes and the clinical state of the patient during anesthesia are complex and hinder the interpretation of the(More)
The aim of this investigation is to study how well voice quality conveys emotional content that can be discriminated by human listeners and the computer. The speech data were produced by nine professional actors (four women, five men). The speakers simulated the following basic emotions in a unit consisting of a vowel extracted from running Finnish speech:(More)
Military fighter pilots have to function in environments that unavoidably have an effect on both production and reception of speech. Speech production is affected by for example g-forces, positive pressure breathing (PBG), background noise and workload. This can have an effect on the understandability of speech, which in turn can affect flight safety. This(More)
In this paper, research on the automatic recognition of basic emotions in spoken Finnish is reported. The investigation was carried out utilizing the MediaTeam Emotional Speech corpus, which is currently the largest emotional speech database for Finnish. In this investigation, three experiments were carried out. In the first two experiments, mainly(More)