Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 21 08:00:06 UTC 2008

Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 08:59:15 +0200
From: Jean-Claude MARTIN <martin at>
Message-ID: <483276C3.1040703 at>


                          FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

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 (Queen's 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 (Université 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 (Université 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
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
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, Kostas Karpouzis
(kkarpou at, Christopher Peters (peters at, Jean-Claude Martin (martin at

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