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1st International Workshop on Automatic Sentiment Analysis in the Wild (WASA’15)
21 September 2015, Xi’an / P.R. China

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline   8 July 2015

Notification of acceptance     20 July 2015

Camera ready papers due    24 July 2015


Original submissions can be up to 6 pages in length and should follow the IEEE format of the main conference (cf. for templates and instructions).

Please submit via easychair:


The Workshop on Automatic Sentiment Analysis (WASA) workshop series is the premier international forum for research on technologies for analysis of human sentiment, and empathic and social behaviour observed in the wild. Machine analysis of human sentiment in response to multimedia content (movie trailers, product adverts, etc.) by people in the wild, and automatic estimation of sentiment, rapport and empathy shown by people involved in unscripted face-to-face or computer-mediated interaction, is of utmost importance for research on next-generation computing and multimedia including affective multimodal interfaces, interactive multi-party games, user-centric healthcare and online services, automatic market research analysis, etc. This research topic – arguably being the most intriguing and researched topic within the fields of Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing – has witnessed a surge of interest in the past couple of years and is progressing rapidly with new or pending applications in intelligent HCI, psychology, politics, and entertainment technology, among other domains. With these advances come new conceptual and methodological challenges. The workshop will present cutting-edge research and new challenges in automatic analysis of human sentiment and empathy and its applications in an interdisciplinary forum of computer and behavioral scientists. It is aimed towards bringing together scientists from a wide range of theoretical and application areas whose work impacts machine analysis of sentiment, empathy, and social interactions. The goal is to facilitate a truly interdisciplinary, fruitful discussion on machine analysis of human sentiment, empathic and social behavior between experts, new investigators, and students from all relevant fields.

Submissions will be rigorously reviewed, and should clearly make the case for a documented improvement over the existing state of the art. WASA 2015 will include an award for the best paper. In addition, the best WASA 2015 papers will be invited for a journal special issue. The workshop will be held in conjunction with ACII 2015. The program will include keynotes and a panel discussion.

The general workshop topics will include, but are not limited to:
·       Social Intelligence and Sentiment Modeling
·       Sentiment, empathy and social behavior analysis from facial, vocal and bodily expressions recorded in the wild
·       Expressive speech analysis in social interactions observed in the wild
·       Human gesture and action recognition in social interactions observed in the wild
·       Perceptual, empathic, and socially-aware user interfaces
·       Empathic multimedia recommendation systems
·       Databases for training and testing
·       Empathic and socially-aware computing and applications

Paper Awards and Journal Special Issue:

WASA 2015 will include an award for the best paper. In addition, the best WASA 2015 papers will be invited for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.

Conference/ Program Chairs:

Maja Pantic (Imperial College London, UK), email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Bjoern Schuller (University of Passau, DE), email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Elnar Hajiyev (RealEyes, EE/UK), email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Florian Eyben (audEERING UG, DE), email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Program Committee:

Rodrigo Agerri (EHU, ES), Cristina Bosco (U. Torino, IT), Felix Burkhardt (Deutsche Telekom, DE), Nick Campbell (Trinity College Dublin, IE), Mohamed Chetouani (UPMC, FR), Dilek Hakkani Tur (Microsoft Research, US), Carlos Iglesias (UPM, ES), Louis Philippe Morency (USC, US), Yannis Panagakis (ICL, UK), Stavros Petridis (ICL, UK), Ognjen Rudovic (ICL, UK), Albert Ali Salah (Bođaziçi University, TR), Kam Star (Playgen, UK), Jianhua Tao (CAS, CN), Michel Valstar (Nottingham University, UK), Tony Veale (UCD, IE), Lijun Yin (Binghamton University, USA), Fabien Ringeval (TUM, Germany), Rafael Calvo (U Sydney, Australia), Hayley Hung ( U Twente, the Netherlands), John Hansen (University of Texas, USA), Abhijeet Sangwan (University of Texas, USA)


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.
Björn W. Schuller

Head and Full Professor
Chair of Complex and Intelligent Systems
University of Passau
Passau / Germany

Associate Professor in Machine Learning
Department of Computing
Imperial College London
London / U.K.

audEERING UG (limited)
Gilching / Germany

Visiting Professor
School of Computer Science and Technology
Harbin Institute of Technology
Harbin / P.R. China

Institute for Information and Communication Technologies
Joanneum Research
Graz / Austria

Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives
Université de Genčve
Geneva / Switzerland

Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing
(AAAC, former HUMAINE Association, registered UK Charity)

Editor in Chief
IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing

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