Context Based Emotion Recognition using EMOTIC Dataset

30 Mar 2020  ·  Ronak Kosti, Jose M. Alvarez, Adria Recasens, Agata Lapedriza ·

In our everyday lives and social interactions we often try to perceive the emotional states of people. There has been a lot of research in providing machines with a similar capacity of recognizing emotions. From a computer vision perspective, most of the previous efforts have been focusing in analyzing the facial expressions and, in some cases, also the body pose. Some of these methods work remarkably well in specific settings. However, their performance is limited in natural, unconstrained environments. Psychological studies show that the scene context, in addition to facial expression and body pose, provides important information to our perception of people's emotions. However, the processing of the context for automatic emotion recognition has not been explored in depth, partly due to the lack of proper data. In this paper we present EMOTIC, a dataset of images of people in a diverse set of natural situations, annotated with their apparent emotion. The EMOTIC dataset combines two different types of emotion representation: (1) a set of 26 discrete categories, and (2) the continuous dimensions Valence, Arousal, and Dominance. We also present a detailed statistical and algorithmic analysis of the dataset along with annotators' agreement analysis. Using the EMOTIC dataset we train different CNN models for emotion recognition, combining the information of the bounding box containing the person with the contextual information extracted from the scene. Our results show how scene context provides important information to automatically recognize emotional states and motivate further research in this direction. Dataset and code is open-sourced and available at: and link for the peer-reviewed published article:

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Ranked #3 on Emotion Recognition in Context on EMOTIC (using extra training data)

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Uses Extra
Training Data
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Emotion Recognition in Context EMOTIC Fusion Model (scene sentiment + body features) mAP 29.45 # 3
Emotion Recognition in Context EMOTIC Fusion Model mAP 27.38 # 6
Emotion Recognition in Context EMOTIC Fusion Model (scene + body features) mAP 27.70 # 5


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