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The AFFINE Workshop programme is now available for download. Please click the following
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A vital requirement for social robots and virtual agents is the ability to
infer the affective and mental states of humans, so as to be able to engage
in and behave appropriately during social interactions, for example, to ensure
the user is interested in maintaining the interaction or to provide suitable
empathic responses. One major component in such a mentalizing capacity, comprised
of both cognitive and affective strands, is the interpretation of human behaviour
from sensory input, which must always be conducted in a timely manner. Researchers
in multimodal interfaces have been increasingly addressing the design of systems
endowed with this ability. Nevertheless, only a few attempts have been made towards
the development of virtual agents and robots capable of inferring the user.s states
in real-time and engaging in meaningful interaction (e.g. towards a shared goal).
This workshop will consider real-time techniques for the recognition and
interpretation of human verbal and non-verbal behaviour for application in
human-agent and human-robot interaction frameworks.
Target audience and expected impact
This workshop follows the successful ICMI.2008 AFFINE
workshop (AFFINE - Affective Interaction in Natural Environments: Real-time affect
analysis and interpretation for virtual agents and robots). An outcome of this past
workshop is a special issue of the Springer Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces
(JMUI) to appear in December 2009 (submission deadline April 2009).
This new 2009 workshop seeks to bring together those who work on the real-time
interpretation of user behavior to produce mid- or high-level state descriptors,
from basic emotions to more complex appraisals or mental states (e.g. agreement
and interest, or blends of several emotions) with those who wish to apply this capacity
as part of a 'social perception' module or equivalent in social robots and virtual agent
We expect the main outcome of this workshop to be the identification of open issues
in real-time, affect-aware applications .in the wild. and especially in embodied interaction
(robots). Issues such as natural and multimodal interaction, estimation and adaption to
context, context dependent processing and related databases, HCI beyond emotion (cognition,
behavior, etc.) will be discussed in the framework of interacting with other humans,
embodied conversational agents and social robots.
In addition to that, researchers from diverse fields (signal processing and pattern
recognition, machine learning, cognition, HCI and robotics) will benefit from mutual
osmosis of ideas, concepts and developments in the field.
A possible outcome of the workshop is a journal special issue to appear in 2010
(possibly by the Springer Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces www.jmui.org).
List of Topics
- Real-time recognition of affect (facial expressions, body language, speech, physiological, etc.)
- Multimodal expression of emotion by virtual characters and robots during affective interaction with users
- Perception-action loops in agents/robots
- Cognitive and affective mentalizing / theory of mind
- Visual attention / User engagement
- Theories of mind and emotion
- Emotion and cognitive state representation
- Context awareness and adaptation
- Natural HCI and HRI / multimodal and emotional corpora / emotion induction
- Social robotic platforms
- Evaluation of affective interaction and user-centred design
- Applications: interactive games, empathic interfaces, social robots, etc.
- Jean-Claude Martin (LIMSI-CNRS, France)
- John Murray (Adaptive Systems Research Group, Hertfordshire University, UK)
- Ginevra Castellano (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
- Kostas Karpouzis (ICCS / NTUA, Greece)
- Christopher Peters (Coventry University, UK)
- Deadline for submission: 22nd August 2009
- Notification to authors: 15th September 2009
- Camera ready version: 4th October 2009
- Workshop: 6th November 2009
The following papers have been accepted for presentation at the AFFINE Workshop. Many thanks to the authors for their submissions.
A Natural Head Pose and Eye Gaze Dataset
Stylianos Asteriadis, Dimitris Soufleros and Kostas Karpouzis
Evaluating Emotional Algorithms using Psychological Scales
Shangfei Wang and Xufa Wang
Hybrid Text Affect Sensing System for Emotional Language Analysis
Rafael del-Hoyo, Isabelle Hupont, Francisco J. Lacueva and David Abadia
Towards an Intelligent Affective Multimodal Virtual Agent for Uncertain Environments
Isabelle Hupont, Rafael Del-Hoyo, Sandra Baldassarri, Eva Cerezo, Francisco J. Seron and Diego Romero
A Wizard-of-Oz game for collecting emotional audio data in a children-robot interaction
Agnes Delaborde, Marie Tahon, Claude Barras and Laurence Devillers
An Integrated Approach to Emotional Speech and Gesture Synthesis in Humanoid Robots
Philipp Robbel, Mohammed E. Hoque and Cynthia Breazeal
Appraising Emotional Events during a Real-time Interactive Game
Matthieu Courgeon, Celine Clavel and Jean-Claude Martin
Expressive Virtual Modalities for Augmenting the Perception of Affective Movements
Alexis Clay, Matthieu Courgeon, Nadine Couture, Elric Delord, Celine Clavel and Jean-Claude Martin
An Exploration of User Engagement in HCI
Christopher Peters, Ginevra Castellano and Sara de Freitas
Designing a Game Companion for Long-Term Social Interaction
Iolanda Leite, Ginevra Castellano, Andre Pereira, Carlos Martinho, Ana Paiva and P. W. McOwan
Postural Expressions of Emotion in Motion Captured Database and in a Humanoid Robot
Andrea Kleinsmith, Issam Rebai, Nadia Berthouze and Jean-Claude Martin
Authors are invited to submit papers (abstract from 2 to 4 pages) in the
areas of interest of the workshop.
Submitted papers must be in PDF format and conform to the ACM
publication format (see http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).
Submitted papers need to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop either by oral or
poster presentation and will appear in a CD of the workshop proceedings.
Additional information will be provided in the workshop's website
If you have any questions or comments then please contact
Jean-Claude Martin at email@example.com