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Lola Canamero <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:49:58 +0000
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Dear colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting.

Please consider submitting a paper (for presentation and inclusion in the proceedings) or an abstract (for presentation but not for inclusion in the proceedings) to our special session, and kindly circulate among other potentially interested researchers.

Best wishes,



Emotion and Affective Technologies for Inclusive Mental Health:
Bringing Communities Together

Special Session at ACII 2019

September 3-6, 2019, Cambridge, UK

Submission deadline EXTENDED: April 23, 2019


Behavioral health technologies are gaining increasing prominence in the delivery of mental health interventions. However, the affective elements underpinning mental health are not sufficiently addressed, despite the fact that the emotional component of mental health conditions is considerable, e.g.:

-    Affective problems are the main symptoms in some disorders.
-    Deficits in emotion regulation have been identified as significant factors in mental disorders.
-    The emotional impact of experience can be a key factor in triggering mental health problems.
-    The severe emotional burden takes its toll on both the patient and those around them.

Mental health affects the very core of who we are, and everyone’s experience of mental health disorders is unique. Approaches to mental health therefore need to take into account the diversity of lived experiences of mental illness. In addition, mental health issues do not impact uniformly across the population. It is therefore imperative that mental health services, through diagnosis, therapies and support, are strongly inclusive.

To address these issues, the aim of this special session is twofold:

1)    To highlight the importance of emotions in many aspects of mental health, often neglected in models of mental disorders, and
2)   To bring together different disciplines involved in the understanding and treatment of affect-related mental health, as well as different approaches and technologies within affective computing, to discuss how these different partners and aspects must work together to address mental health in an inclusive way.

With this double aim in mind, we solicit papers addressing the potential contributions of affective technologies and multi-disciplinary research to promote inclusive mental health, including topics such as (but not excluding other relevant topics):

-    In diagnosis and treatment, to assess patients and customize interventions.
-    Teaching or supporting emotion management and emotion regulation skills.
-    Affective companions and tools to reduce the emotional burden on patients and their carers.
-    Computational and embodied modeling of affect its involvement in cognition as a tool in psychopathology research.
-    Strengthening the inclusion of affective aspects of mental disorders in computational psychiatry.
-    Adaptive affective and interactive technologies: adapting to people with atypical affect (e.g., people with mental health disorders and non-neurotypical development.)

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We are soliciting either full papers (for inclusion in the proceedings; see ACII 2019 submission guidelines, or short abstracts (for presentation but not for inclusion in the proceedings).

Authors should follow the regular paper guidelines for ACII and, on submission, select "Emotion and Affective Technologies for Inclusive Mental Health" for consideration in this Special Session:

Papers submitted to special sessions will undergo the same review process as the main conference submissions. Accepted papers (but not short abstracts) will appear in the main conference proceedings.


- Paper Submission: April 23, 2019, (time: 23:55 anywhere on Earth; ACII regular paper submission deadline)
- Notification of acceptance: June 14, 2019
- Camera ready papers due: July 12, 2019
- Conference: September 3-6, 2019

Lola Cañamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK),
Eva Hudlicka (Psychometrix Associates, USA),
Matthew Lewis (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Contact: Lola Cañamero, [log in to unmask]

Dr Lola Cañamero
Reader in Adaptive Systems
Head of the Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action Lab
School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire
College Lane, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB, UK
Phone: +44-(0)1707284357,
Cell:  +44-7958074606,
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