Map Task

The Map Task scenario was used to elicit spontaneous speech for the SPID corpus. Both dialogue partners received a map, with the instruction giver having a route drawn on it. The other speaker was the instruction follower. The giver had to explain the route to the follower, who had to draw it on his/her own map. Different maps were designed for each of the recording conditions. To allow further analyses of the influences of different maps on the speech signals, 6 maps were only used in the laboratory conditions, and 4 of them only for recordings in the real driving situations. Seats and roles of giver and follower were chosen by the subjects, but never changed within each dialogue pair for the rest of the experiment.


Map of the follower. Map of the giver. 


The two maps given to a pair of subjects shared many common features, but there were some keywords that only appeared on the giver’s map or on the follower’s map. In addition, names of streets and persons as well as house numbers were slightly different. Some parts of the maps even had slightly different structures. Very often, the giver had a name on his/her map like “Schulz”, whereas the follower had two names, “Schulz” and “Scholz”, so that a controversial discussion was fostered. Maps and noise conditions were randomised for both recordings in the laboratory and the driving car.

Website News

30.11.2018: New student project on driver distraction added.

01.10.2018: Dissertation of Philipp Bulling added.

14.08.2018: New section about our SONAR "sisters" added.

18.07.2018: New section about our Parkinson voice training game added.

07.07.2018: New lecture Fundamentals of Acoustics by Jan Abshagen added.

Recent Publications

J. Reermann, E. Elzenheimer and G. Schmidt: Real-time Biomagnetic Signal Processing for Uncooled Magnetometers in Cardiology, IEEE Sensors Journal, January, 2019 (early access, doi:  10.1109/JSEN.2019.2893236)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Schmidt


Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Faculty of Engineering
Institute for Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering
Digital Signal Processing and System Theory

Kaiserstr. 2
24143 Kiel, Germany

Recent News

Saturday Morning Physics 2018

The DSS team was invited to participate in the last of the "Saturday Morning Physics" (SMP) events in 2018. On December 8th, a Saturday of course, Thorben Kaak, Gerhard Schmidt, and Owe Wisch gave a talk on underwater signal processing. Pupils from all around Schleswig-Holstein were quite interested, especially in the basics of SONAR systems.