AttendAffectNet: Self-Attention based Networks for Predicting Affective Responses from Movies

PhD student's Thao Phuong's paper on multimodal emotion prediction from movies/music is now available on Arxiv, together with the code. AttendAffectNet uses transformers with feature-based attention to attend to the most useful features at any given time to predict the valence/arousal.

Ha Thi Phuong Thao, Balamurali B.T., Dorien Herremans, Gemma Roig, 2020. AttendAffectNet: Self-Attention based Networks for Predicting Affective Responses from Movies. arXiv:2010.11188

Preprint paper.

In this work, we propose different variants of the self-attention based network for emotion prediction from movies, which we call AttendAffectNet. We take both audio and video into account and incorporate the relation among multiple modalities by applying self-attention mechanism in a novel manner into the extracted features for emotion prediction. We compare it to the typically temporal integration of the self-attention based model, which in our case, allows to capture the relation of temporal representations of the movie while considering the sequential dependencies of emotion responses. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed architectures on the extended COGNIMUSE dataset [1], [2] and the MediaEval 2016 Emotional Impact of Movies Task [3], which consist of movies with emotion annotations. Our results show that applying the self-attention mechanism on the different audio-visual features, rather than in the time domain, is more effective for emotion prediction. Our approach is also proven to outperform many state-ofthe-art models for emotion prediction. The code to reproduce our results with the models' implementation is available at