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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Computational Modelling of Emotion: Theory and Applications, AISB 2017, 19-21 April 2017, Bath, UK

 (a symposium at the AISB annual convention:

(Deadline for submissions: 15th January 2017)

*NEWS* confirmed invited speaker:  Professor Aaron Sloman, University of 
Birmingham, UK.

Overview: Contemporary emotion modelling includes many projects 
attempting to understand natural emotions or to implement simulated
emotions in chatbots, avatars or robots, for practical uses of many 
sorts from entertainment to caring. The numerous models of affective 
phenomena in the literature differ in important respects. They differ in 
how they describe and explain a range of phenomena, including the nature 
and order of perceptual, cognitive and emotional mental processes and 
behavioural responses in emotional episodes. They also differ in their 
target level of granularity: from fine-grained neural to coarse-grained 
psychological. Different models simulate emotions (and other mental 
states) with different ontological status and with a different focus on 
whether they model external behaviour or internal states. This diversity
provides a challenge, but also an opportunity. This symposium aims to
facilitate movement towards a mature integrated field with a deeper and 
richer understanding of biological minds by more clearly setting out 
interrelationships between emotion models.

Contributions that identify and attempt to remedy gaps and lack of 
breadth in current research on affective phenomena are particularly 
welcome. A narrow modelling focus may be appropriate for narrowly 
focused applications of AI, such as toys or entertainment. Richer 
theories that are intended to advance the science of mind should include 
affective states such as: motives, attachments, preferences, values, 
standards, attitudes, moods, ambitions, obsessions, humour, grief, 
various kinds of pride, and various moral and aesthetic phenomena. So 
the symposium will consider how varieties of affect can be integrated 
and validated in computational models.

The aims of this symposium also include: presenting the state of the art 
in emotion modelling; bringing together an interdisciplinary community 
interested in exploiting this technology; and looking forward by 
defining new challenges, including empirical, philosophical, and 
technological, as well as contributing to our understanding of natural 
varieties of affect and how they fit in with other aspects of cognition.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

- How models explain the nature of interaction between reasoning and 
emotion, and the emotional underpinnings of reasoning;
- Computational architectures which model emotion
- Models of affect which are incorporated within applications in human 
computer interaction and health technology. For example, in the health 
domain, emotion models which can enhance assessment, diagnosis and 
- Explaining how technological applications can be used to make 
contributions to psychological theory
- Is emotion algorithmic/computational? to what extent?
- Embodied, situated and enactivist approaches to emotion
- Emotion model validation
- Towards computational models for online dynamic diagnosis and 
therapeutic interventions
- Modelling of emotion regulation for self-help, cognitive and 
mindfulness psychotherapy, and positive psychology.
- Emotion modelling in computational psychiatry, including investigating 
the mechanisms of pathological thinking and emotion
- Attachment modelling
- How computational models can provide accounts of how emotions and 
cognitions shape each other over different timescales, from momentary 
episodes to the development of personality
- Using computational emotion models in research on: self-control, 
meta-management, and coherence in thought and behaviour (and loss of 
these states)
As the AISB convention has the overall theme of