[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: 5th Intl Workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments (AFFINE) @ ACII 2013

Ginevra Castellano g.castellano at bham.ac.uk
Tue Apr 9 04:35:31 PDT 2013

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


Geneva, 2 September 2013

Satellite event of ACII 2013 (http://www.acii2013.org/)

A vital requirement for social robots is the ability to infer the 
affective and mental states of humans and provide appropriate output 
during sustained social interactions, and to do so in a timely manner. 
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 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 human-robot interaction in 
naturalistic settings, and techniques for synthesis of believable social 
behaviour supporting real-time adaptive 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 robots "in the wild", i.e., in natural, everyday, 
non-laboratory settings. We anticipate the main outcome of this workshop 
to be the identification and investigation of important open issues in 
real-time, affect-aware human-robot interactions applications in natural 
environments. Issues such as natural and multimodal interaction, 
estimation and adaption to context, context dependent processing and 
related databases and best practices for application to real 
environments will be discussed in the context of interacting with other 
humans and social artefacts.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Multimodal human affect and social behaviour recognition

Multimodal expression generation in robots and virtual agents

Perception-action loops in agents/robots

Cognitive and affective 'mentalising'

Visual attention / user engagement with robots and embodied 
conversational agents (ECAs)

Emotion and cognitive state representation

Social context awareness and adaptation

Natural Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) / Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Frameworks for adaptive, real-time HCI and HRI

Multimodal and emotional corpora (naturally evoked or induced emotion)

Techniques for handling noisy data in real world scenarios

Affective mobile computing

Recognition of human behaviour for implicit tagging

Crowdsourcing affective behaviour

Exertion games/physical interaction

Real-world interactive/affective artefacts

Applications to interactive games, robots and virtual agents

*Program committee*

Albert Ali Salah (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Sandra Baldassarri (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Christian Becker-Asano (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth, UK)

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze (University College London, UK)

Timothy Bickmore (Norteastern University, USA)

Carlos Busso (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Marc Cavazza (University of Teesside, UK)

Matthieu Courgeon (CERV, France)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Laurence Devillers (LIMSI-CNRS, France)

Sidney D'Mello (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Faiyaz Doctor (Coventry University, UK)

Hatice Gunes (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Zakia Hammal (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Isabelle Hupont Torres (Aragon Institute of Technology, Spain)

Stefanos Kollias (ICCS-NTUA, Greece)

Iolanda Leite (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)

Maurizio Mancini (University of Genova, Italy)

Rachel McDonnell (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Peter William McOwan (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Radoslaw Niewiadomski (Telecom ParisTech, France)

Fotios Papadopoulos (University of Birmingham, UK)

Peter Robinson (University of Cambridge, UK)
Mario Romero (KTH, Sweden)

Bjoern Schuller (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany)

Bill Smart (Oregon State University, USA)

Giovanna Varni (University of Genova, Italy)

Gualtiero Volpe (University of Genova, Italy)

Michael Walters (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Nigel Ward (UT El Paso, USA)

*Important dates*

Deadline for paper submission: 26 April 2013

Notification of acceptance: 3 June 2013

Camera ready paper: 17 June 2013

*Paper format*

Papers should be 6 pages long and follow the standard IEEE double column 
format, in accordance with the guidelines of the ACII conference. For 
more information about the format, see the workshop's website: 

*Submission instructions*

Authors should submit their manuscripts using the EasyChair system 
(instructions and link are available on the workshop's website: 

*Publication information*

Accepted workshop papers will be published in the ACII conference 
proceedings and indexed in IEEExplore.

*Workshop chairs*

Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham, UK)

Kostas Karpouzis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Jean-Claude Martin (Paris South University, France)

Louis-Philippe Morency (University of Southern California, USA)

Christopher Peters (KTH, Sweden)

Laurel Riek (University of Notre Dame, USA)


Dr. Ginevra Castellano
School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7118
Email: g.castellano at bham.ac.uk

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