[robotics-worldwide] ACM TiiS: Special issue on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments

Louis-Philippe Morency morency at ict.usc.edu
Mon Jun 28 11:37:37 PDT 2010

1st Call for Papers


Special issue on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments


ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS)


A vital requirement for social robots, virtual agents, and

human-centered multimodal interfaces is the ability to infer the

affective and mental states of humans and provide appropriate, timely

output during sustained social interactions. Examples include ensuring

that the user is interested in maintaining the interaction or providing

suitable empathic responses through the display of facial expressions,

gestures, or generation of speech.

This special issue will cover computational techniques for the

recognition and interpretation of human multimodal verbal and non-verbal

behavior, models of mentalizing and empathizing for interaction, and

multimedia techniques for the synthesis of believable social behavior

supporting human-agent and human-robot interaction.

A key aim of the special issue is the identification and investigation

of important open issues in real-time, affect-aware applications "in the

wild" and especially in embodied interaction, i.e., with robots and

embodied conversational agents. We encourage the submission of studies

that provide new insights into the use of multimodal and multimedia

techniques for enabling interaction between humans, robots, and virtual

agents in naturalistic settings.

The special issue especially welcomes submission of contributions that

focus on innovative intelligent technology and the way it is

successfully integrated in the interaction cycle between users and

virtual agents and robots, in line with the binocular view encouraged by

TiiS (http://tiis.acm.org/binocular-view.html).

Submissions can come from a variety of research areas, including

naturalistic human-robot and human-computer interaction, and multimedia

human-computer interaction. The following categories cover most of the

relevant topics, but they are not exhaustive. In case of doubt about the

relevance of your topic, please contact the guest editors.

Focus on Recognition

* Multimodal human affect and social behavior recognition, including:

   o Facial expressions

   o Body language

   o Speech

   o Physiological signals

   o Other modalities

* Cognitive and affective "mentalizing"

* Recognition of human behavior for implicit tagging

Focus on Generation

* Multimedia expression generation in robots and virtual agents, including:

   o Gaze

   o Gestures

   o Facial expressions

   o Speech

   o Other modalities

Focus on Interaction

* Emotion and cognitive state representation

* Perception-action loops in agents/robots

* Visual attention / user engagement with robots and embodied

conversational agents

* Social context awareness and adaptation

* Applications of methods and results in the above areas to interactive

games, robots and virtual agents


* Multimodal corpora for training recognition systems

* Multimodal corpora for modeling the behavior of agents and robots

**Guest editors**

Ginevra Castellano, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Kostas Karpouzis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France

Louis-Philippe Morency, University of Southern California, USA

Christopher Peters, Coventry University, UK

Laurel Riek, University of Cambridge, UK


ginevra at dcs.qmul.ac.uk<mailto:ginevra at dcs.qmul.ac.uk>

**Important dates**

* By December 6th, 2010: Submission of manuscripts

* By March 18th, 2011: Notification about decisions on initial submissions

* By June 17th, 2011: Submission of revised manuscripts

* By September 2nd, 2011: Notification about decisions on revised


* By September 23rd, 2011: Submission of manuscripts with final minor


* October, 2011: Publication of the special issue on the TiiS website,

in the ACM Digital Library, and (shortly afterward) as a printed issue

How to submit

Manuscripts will be submitted via the ScholarOne Manuscripts site of ACM

TiiS. The web address and all other necessary information will be found

in the instructions for authors on the TiiS website (http://tiis.acm.org/).

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