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Ronald Böck <[log in to unmask]>
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International Workshop on Emotion Representations and Modelling for
Companion Technologies (ERM4CT 2015)
13 November 2015, Seattle (at ACM ICMI'15)

ERM4CT joins two past workshop series, “Emotion representations and
modelling in Human-Computer-Interaction Systems” (ERM4HCI) and
“Techniques Towards Companion Technologies” (T2CT), respectively.

The major goal in human computer interaction (HCI) research and
applications is to improve the interaction between humans and
computers. One way of achieving a better interaction is to allow the
computer to recognise and respond to the user’s natural behaviour as
shown during the interaction. As user behaviour is often very specific
to an individual and generally of multi-modal nature, the current
trend of multi-modal user-adaptable HCI systems arose over the past
years. These systems are designed as companions capable of assisting
their users based on the users’ needs, preferences, personality and
affective state. These companion systems are dependent on reliable
emotion recognition methods in order to provide natural, user-centred
interactions. However, the adequate incorporation of emotions in these
modern HCI systems has proved to be a challenging task.

Depending on the modalities used, the user model incorporated and the
application scenario, varying difficulties in the emotion
representations and modelling may arise. The ERM4CT Workshop is a
joint-workshop of the 3rd ERM4HCI and the 2nd T2CT workshop aiming at
highlighting the specific issues associated with the multi-modal
emotion representations as needed in companion technologies.

The ERM4CT workshop focuses on emotion representations, signal
characteristics used to describe and identify emotions as well as
their influence on personality and user state models to be
incorporated in companion systems. The combination of the 3rd ERM4HCI
and the 2nd T2CT workshop allows the in-depth analysis of technical
prerequisites and modelling aspects as well as application specific
issues associated with the development of affective, multi-modal,
user-adapted systems.

Researchers are encouraged to discuss possible interdependencies of
characteristics on an intra- and inter-modality level. Such
interdependencies may occur if two characteristics are influenced by
the same physiological change in the observed user and are especially
relevant to multi-modal affective systems. The workshop aims at
identifying a minimal set of characteristics needed to express
emotions in multi-modal corpora. Researchers discussing their feature
selection from a multi-modal or physiological point of view are
encouraged to submit to the workshop. Theoretical papers contributing
to the understanding of emotions in order to aid in the technical
modelling of emotions for companion systems are welcomed. The workshop
supports discussions on the necessary prerequisites for consistent
emotion representations in multi-modal companion systems.

The ERM4CT workshop complements the ICMI 2015 by offering a platform
focusing on emotion representation and modelling in multi-modal
companion systems. Providing a forum for discussions on emotion
representations, models and implementations in modern companion
technologies shall encourage researchers from all disciplines involved
to exchange on the topic and improve their models and understanding of
affective HCI through interdisciplinary discourse.

For further information refer

Topics (suggested, but not limited to):
Personality models and the incorporation of emotion models
Multi-modal aspects of emotion recognition, representation and 
Physiological background of emotion representations
Feature selection for emotion recognition
Interdependencies of features used for emotion recognition
Minimal (multi-modal) feature sets
Timing in multi-modal emotion recognition scenarios
Confidence metrics for emotion recognition/classification
Prerequisites for the consistent modelling of emotions in companion systems
Relationship between general user states and emotion recognition features
User state specific emotion and disposition modelling
Aspects of multi-modal emotion and disposition recognition
Modality interactions and interdependencies in emotion recognition
System response pattern for companion technologies
System response perceptions within companions
Companion technology application scenarios

Kim Hartmann, University Magdeburg,Germany
Ingo Siegert, University Magdeburg,Germany
Björn Schuller, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Louis-Philippe Morency, Carnegie Mellon University, California, USA
Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Ronald Böck, University Magdeburg, Germany

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: July 10, 2015
Notification of acceptance: August 20, 2015
Camera-ready deadline: September 5, 2015
Workshop date: November 13, 2015

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (8 pages). All
submissions should be anonymous and according to the specifications of
the ICMI 2015 ( The
reviewing will be double blind, so submissions should be anonymous: do
not include the authors' names, affiliations or any clearly
identifiable information in the paper. It is appropriate to cite past
work of the authors if these citations are treated like any other
(e.g., "Smith [5] approached this problem by....") - omit references
only if it would be obviously identifying the authors.

Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inf. Ronald Böck
Cognitive Systems Group
Building 03, Room 322
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Universitaetsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg Germany
Phone: +49 391 - 67 50061
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