Appel: Special Issue of JMUI, Real-Time Affect Analysis and Interpretation

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Jan 9 16:17:24 UTC 2009

Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2009 12:04:56 +0100
From: Jean-Claude MARTIN <martin at>
Message-ID: <49648C58.1000205 at>

1st Call for Papers

Real-Time Affect Analysis and Interpretation:
Closing the Affective Loop in Virtual Agents and Robots

Special issue of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces

Guest editors:

Ginevra Castellano, Queen Mary University of London, Department of
Computer Science,
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, United Kingdom;
ginevra at

Kostas Karpouzis, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems,
National Technical University of Athens, Greece; kkarpou at

Christopher Peters, Department of the Digital Environment,
Coventry University, United Kingdom; Christopher.Peters at

Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, Orsay, France; martin at

Deadline for Paper Submission: ***6th April 2009***

This special issue will address computational models and techniques
for the real-time interpretation of the user’s behaviour 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) for the purpose of closing the affective
loop in social robots and virtual agents.

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. Researchers in multimodal interfaces have been increasingly
addressing the design of systems endowed with these
abilities. Nevertheless, only a few attempts have been made towards
the development of virtual agents and robots capable of inferring the
user’s states in real-time.

The focus of this special issue is on 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

***Important Dates***

- Deadline for paper submission: 6th April 2009
- Notification of acceptance: 11th May 2009
- Camera-ready version of accepted papers: 8th June 2009
- Publication date: July/August 2009

Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

• Multimodal affect recognition (facial expressions, body language,
speech, biosignals, typed text, users’ actions etc.)

• Perception-action loops in agents/robots

• Affect sensitive and socially interactive 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

• Individual differences in the expression and perception of affect

• User engagement

• Evaluation of affective interaction and user-centred design

• Applications: interactive games, empathic interfaces, pedagogical
agents, health care, etc.

***Instructions for Authors***

Submissions should be 4 to 12 pages long and must be written in

Formatting instructions and templates are available on:

Authors should register and upload their submission on the following

During the submission process, please select “AFFINE special issue” as
article type.

Authors are encouraged to send to: ginevra at a brief
email indicating their intention to participate as soon as possible,
including their contact information and the topic they intend to
address in their submissions.

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