Monthly Archives: Jul 2020

New Paper on Depression

A paper submitted in collaboration with Fuxiang Tao and Anna Exposition has been accepted for presentation at Interspeech 2020 (the conference is rated A by CORE):

F.Tao, A.Esposito and A.Vinciarelli, “Spotting the traces of depression in read speech: An Approach Based on Computational Paralinguistics and Social Signal Processing“, Proceedings of Interspeech, 2020.

The most interesting aspect of the article is that it uses a classifier to show that three particular behavioural cues (reading speed, number of pauses and average length of the pauses) can improve by close to 20 points the accuracy of classifier that discriminates between depressed and non-depressed readers. In other words, the paper proposes the use of a classifier as a means to test the association between depression and behavioural cues, in alternative to the common approaches used in psychology for the same purpose (e.g., correlational analysis). In addition, the paper shows that neuroscience findings, in particular the interplay between depression and neural mechanisms underlying language processing, can help to improve technology.

ANSA Announces New Paper

My recent work on Visual Social Distancing:

M.Cristani, A.Del Bue, V.Murino, F.Setti, A.Vinciarelli
The Visual SocialDistancing Problem
IEEE Access, Vol. 8, pp. 126876-126886, 2020

has been featured in an article by ANSA, the most important press agency in Italy:

The article proposes an approach for the analysis of the way people gather in public spaces that takes into account not only physical, but also social aspects of interpersonal distance. The work is a nice example of how multiple disciplines (Computer Vision and Social Signal Processing in this case) can collaborate to address a technological problem.


Boundless Podcast Participation

I had the great pleasure to participate as a speaker in the Boundless Podcast, an initiative led by Richard Foster Fletcher to spread awareness about Artificial Intelligence and its latest developments. The discussion revolved around socially intelligent agents and, in particular, around their potential as a means to improve the life of people in the world.

The full recording of my interview is available at the following link:

Alessandro Vinciarelli at the Boundless Podcast

while the many other interesting episodes of the series can be accessed here.