We invite you to participate to the fifth edition of the Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events challenge. DCASE 2019 continues to support the development of computational scene and event analysis methods by comparing different approaches using common publicly available datasets.
Sounds carry a large amount of information about our everyday environment and physical events that take place in it. We can perceive the sound scene we are within (busy street, office, etc.), and recognize individual sound sources (car passing by, footsteps, etc.). Developing signal processing methods to automatically extract this information has huge potential in several applications, for example searching for multimedia based on its audio content, making context-aware mobile devices, robots, cars etc., and intelligent monitoring systems to recognize activities in their environments using acoustic information. However, a significant amount of research is still needed to reliably recognize sound scenes and individual sound sources in realistic soundscapes, where multiple sounds are present, often simultaneously, and distorted by the environment.
|Task||Task description||Development dataset||Baseline system||Public leaderboard||Evaluation dataset|
|Task 1, Acoustic Scene Classification||Released||Released||Released||Released||Released|
|Task 2, Audio tagging with noisy labels and minimal supervision||Released||Released||Released||Released||Use test set|
|Task 3, Sound Event Localization and Detection||Released||Released||Released||Not used||Released|
|Task 4, Sound event detection in domestic environments||Released||Released||Released||Not used||Released|
|Task 5, Urban Sound Tagging||Released||Released||Released||Not used||Released|
Acoustic scene classification
The goal of acoustic scene classification is to classify a test recording into one of the predefined acoustic scene classes. This task is a continuation of the Acoustic Scene Classification task from previous DCASE Challenge editions, with some changes that bring new research problems into focus.
We provide three different setups of the acoustic classification problem:
Basic closed set classification, using data from a single device, high quality audio (similar to Task 1 / Subtask A in DCASE2018 Challenge). Development data and evaluation data from same device are provided.
Closed set classification that uses data from multiple devices (similar to Task 1 / Subtask B in DCASE2018 Challenge). Development data contains mostly data from other device than Evaluation data. The task encourages domain adaptation methods to cope with the mismatch.
New Setup in which evaluation data will also contain recordings from acoustic scenes not encountered in the training data. To limit the number of research problems, this subtask uses single device data.
The dataset for this task is an extension of TUT Urban Acoustic Scenes 2018, with recordings from more cities and acoustic scenes.
Audio tagging with noisy labels and minimal supervision
Current machine learning techniques require large and varied datasets in order to provide good performance and generalization. However, manually labelling a dataset is time-consuming, which limits its size. Websites like Freesound or Flickr host large volumes of user-contributed audio and metadata, and labels can be inferred automatically from the metadata or using pre-trained models. Nevertheless, these automatically inferred labels might include a substantial level of noise. This task addresses how to exploit a small amount of manually-labeled data and a larger quantity of noisy web data in an audio tagging task with a large vocabulary setting. In addition, since the data comes from different sources, the task encourages domain adaptation approaches to deal with domain mismatch.
Sound Event Localization and Detection
Given a multichannel audio input, the goal of a sound event localization and detection (SELD) method is to output all instances of the sound labels in the recording, its respective onset-offset times, and spatial locations in azimuth and elevation angles. Each individual sound event instance in the provided recordings are spatially stationary with a fixed location during their entire duration. Successful implementation of such a SELD method will enable the automatic description of the social and human activities and help machines to interact with the world more seamlessly. Specifically, SELD will enable people with hearing impairment to visualize sounds. Robots and smart video conference equipment can recognize and track the sound source of interest. Further, smart homes, smart cities, and smart industries can use SELD for audio surveillance.
Sound event detection in domestic environments
This task is the follow-up to DCASE 2018 task 4. The task evaluates systems for the detection of sound events using real data either weakly labeled or unlabeled and synthetic data that is strongly labeled (with time stamps). The target of the systems is to provide not only the event class but also the event time boundaries. The main scientific question this task is aiming to investigate is: do we really need real but partially and weakly annotated data or is using synthetic data sufficient? or do we need both?
Urban Sound Tagging
This task evaluates systems for tagging short audio recordings with urban sound tags related to urban noise pollution. All recordings come from an acoustic sensor network deployed in New York City. The set of tags was selected based on discussions with noise officials in New York City and inspection of the city's noise code. This task aims to investigate audio tagging system performance on a relevant, real-world task given limited, unbalanced data of varying reliability.
DCASE 2019 Challenge will offer awards for open-source and innovative methods. These awards are meant to encourage open science and reproducibility, and therefore the Reproducible system award is directly based on these criteria. In addition, through our Judges’ award we want to encourage novel and innovative approaches.