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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Workshop - AFFINE Affective Interaction in Natural Environments



AFFINE  Affective Interaction in Natural Environments: Real-time affect analysis and interpretation for virtual agents and robots


Chania, Crete, Greece, October 24, 2008

Post-conference workshop of ICMI 2008

The First AFFINE workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural
Environments will be hosted at the Tenth International Conference on
Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI 2008) to be held in Chania, Crete, on the
24th of October 2008, following the main conference. The duration of the
workshop is one day.


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 sustained social interactions. Examples include ensuring that the
user is interested in maintaining the interaction or providing suitable
empathic responses. A fundamental component in these 'mentalizing' and
'empathizing' capabilities is the interpretation of human behavior from
sensory input, which must be conducted in a timely manner.

This workshop will consider real-time computational techniques for the
recognition and interpretation of human verbal and non-verbal behavior,
models of 'mentalizing' and 'empathizing' for integrative representation
and processing of input data, and implementation to support human-agent
and human-robot interaction frameworks.

In particular, the workshop seeks to bring together researchers working
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 robot and virtual
agent interaction frameworks.


 Multimodal affect recognition (facial expressions, body
 language, speech, physiological, etc.)
 Perception-action loops in agents/robots
 Cognitive and affective mentalizing / theory of mind
 Social appraisal
 Visual attention
 Theories of emotion
 Emotion and cognitive state representation
 Context awareness
 Cognitive modelling of user
 User engagement
 Evaluation of affective interaction and user-centred design
 Applications: interactive games, empathic interfaces, etc.


Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze (University College London, UK)
Antonio Camurri (DIST-University of Genova, Italy)
Lola Canamero(University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Roddy Cowie (Queens University Belfast, UK)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Stefanos Kollias (ICCS / NTUA, Greece)
Peter William McOwan (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Ana Paiva (INESC-ID, Portugal)
Maja Pantic (Imperial College, UK / University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Catherine Pelachaud (Universit de Paris 8, France)
Marc Schroeder (DFKI, Germany)
Asimina Vasalou (Imperial College, UK)


Ginevra Castellano (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Kostas Karpouzis (ICCS / NTUA, Greece)
Christopher Peters (Universit de Paris 8, France / Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland)
Jean-Claude Martin (LIMSI-CNRS, France)


Authors are invited to submit papers (2-page abstract) 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).
Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a 4 to 6 pages
camera ready paper.
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


2-page abstract submission deadline: July 7, 2008
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2008
Camera ready paper: September 12, 2008
Workshop: October 24, 2008


Ginevra Castellano (ginevra at dcs.qmul.ac.uk), Kostas Karpouzis
(kkarpou at cs.ntua.gr), Christopher Peters (peters at
iut.univ-paris8.fr), Jean-Claude Martin (martin at limsi.fr).