Accepted ACII2013 Workshops

In addition to regular papers, ACII 2013 will also feature five workshops. The ACII 2013 Workshops aim to facilitate lively discussions, comparison of methods, synthesis of results on particular topics of interest to Affective Computing. The workshops will be held on the first day of the main conference, Monday, 2 September 2013.

For further information about the submission deadline for the workshops (date and time), please contact the organizer of the respective workshop.

The list of accepted workshops is: Workshop 1

5th International Workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments (AFFINE): Interacting with Affective Artefacts in the Wild

By Ginevra Castellano, Kostas Karpouzis, Jean-Claude Martin, Louis-Philippe Morency, Christopher Peters, and Laurel Riek

The AFFINE workshop will cover real-time computational techniques for the recognition and interpretation of human affective and social behaviour, models of “mentalising” and “empathising” for affective interaction in naturalistic settings, and techniques for synthesis of believable social behaviour supporting real-time adaptive human-agent and human-robot interaction in real-world environments. This year AFFINE especially welcomes studies that provide new insights into the use of multimodal techniques for enabling interaction between humans and technology “in the wild”, i.e., in natural, everyday, non-laboratory settings.

Paper submission: 26 April 2013 Notification of acceptance: 3 June 2013
Final paper (camera-ready) submission: 17 June 2013

Workshop 2

Second International Workshop on Context Based Affect Recognition (CBAR) by Zakia Hammal and Merlin Teodosia Suarez

Unconsciously, humans evaluate situations based on environment and social parameters when recognizing emotions in social interactions. Contextual information such as the ongoing task, the identity and natural expressiveness of the individual, and other people involved, helps us interpret and respond to social interactions. Without context, even humans may misunderstand the observed facial, vocal or body behavior. Then, an important related issue that should be addressed in automatic affect recognition is how to take into account the context information for real-world affect related applications.

Paper submission: 2 May 2013 Notification of acceptance: 8 June 2013
Final paper (camera-ready) submission: 17 June 2013

Workshop 3 Mediated Touch and Affect (MeTA) by Gijs Huisman, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, and Dirk Heylen

Social touch plays a vital role in human life, as it is particularly important for the social and emotional development of infants as well as for the maintenance of social bonds in later life. Recent advances in haptic technology have spurred the development of prototypes that aim to mediate social touch. These prototypes make it possible to engage in social touch over a distance, adding a rich channel for emotional communication to existing communication channels. Such applications could be valuable in remote collaboration, long distance relationships, entertainment or gaming applications, and therapeutic
settings. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from diverse communities to discuss the current state of and the future directions for research into mediated social touch.

Paper submission: 1 May 2013 Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2013
Final paper (camera-ready) submission: 7 June 2013

Workshop 4 Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces
by Brendan Allison, Guillaume Chanel, Christian Muehl, and Anton Nijholt

Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) enable the direct access to the information that is represented in the brain. This information can in turn be used in application and devices a user is interacting with. This workshop focuses on the detection of affective and cognitive states from neurophysiological signals and their use for industry, therapy, and arts. It will be oriented towards two questions that are essential for the field of BCI: Can the technology enable new ways of awareness and interaction that are not possible with other (affect-sensing) technologies? How to develop such technologies and bring them to the end users through innovative, interactive and entertaining applications?

Paper submission: 20 April 2013 Notification of acceptance: 20 May 2013
Final paper (camera-ready) submission: 17 June 2013

Workshop 5 Festschrift for Roddy Cowie & Ellen Douglas-Cowie by Dorothy Cowie and Catherine Pelachaud

Since the early 1990s Roddy Cowie & Ellen Douglas-Cowie have pioneered the study of emotion in naturalistic contexts. Their continuous, non-categorical view of emotions has gained many followers through the Trace annotation techniques they have developed. On the occasion of their retirement, this workshop will celebrate their contribution to the field of Affective Computing. A series of invited speakers will discuss topics related to emotions such as building ecological databases, emotional speech, emotional behaviors, affective agents and robots. These reflections should inspire the younger generation of scientists in this area.

Workshop Chairs
Marc Mehu, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA), Switzerland [] Björn Schuller, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany []

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