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.

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20.10.2019: We had a very good retreat on the island of Sylt.

07.08.2019: Talk from Juan Rafael Orozco-Arroyave added.

11.07.2019: First free KiRAT version released - a game for Parkinson patients

25.06.2019: About 30 pupils from the Isarnwohld-Schule in Gettorf visited us.

02.05.2019: Christin Baasch finished sucessfully her defense on the evaluation of Parkinson speech.

30.11.2018: New student project on driver distraction added.

Recent Publications


J. Reermann, E. Elzenheimer and G. Schmidt: Real-time Biomagnetic Signal Processing for Uncooled Magnetometers in Cardiology, IEEE Sensors Journal, Volume 15, Number 10, Pages 4237-4249, June 2019, 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

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24143 Kiel, Germany

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DSS-Retreat 2019

As in the last year we spent a couple of days (15.10.2019 till 18.10.2019) on the island Sylt to reflect our past, current, and future research work. Due to a "cold wave" we were a bit reduced this year, but anyhow, we had a very good (and producive) time on this beautiful island. Beside our research plans (reflecting the last year and planning of the next years), we also discussed teaching ...

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