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Priscilla Rasmussen <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Jan 2008 18:51:54 -0500
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Symposium on Affective Language in Human and Machine
  AISB 2008 Convention
  1st-2nd April 2008 (dates to be confirmed)
  University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
  This symposium aims to combine advances in Affective Computing with
  insights in Psychology and Cognition to shed light on the ways in which
  affect is communicated by people in their written and spoken language
  and might be appropriately communicated between people and machines.
  We welcome submissions that describe original contributions or work in
  progress on:
     1. Psychological and Cognitive studies of language with implications
  for computer systems recognising or expressing affective state and
     2. Design or Implementation for affective language communication with
  computer systems.
  Although we have a particular interest in written language and speech,
  we welcome contributions which combine these with other modalities, such
  as gesture and facial expression.
  Within this, possible topics are listed below, but this list is not
  intended to be exhaustive.
      * Expressing Affective State
            o Analysis of language options/choices and of how those
              decisions might be made
            o Affective Language and Speech Generation
      * Recognising Affective State
            o Machine Learning approaches using information from text or speech
            o Sentiment analysis from text
            o Models of affective state inference (e.g. using Bayesian
              Networks) that take into account information from language
      * Influencing Affective State
            o How can language communication be used to influence a
              person's affective state?
            o Planning for the effects of communication on an addressee -
              e.g. for motivation, encouragement, discouragement, humour and
      * General Issues in Systems with Affective Language Communication
            o Emotions in vocal communication
            o Affective communication in Computer Mediated Communication
            o Dialogue and interaction
            o Lexical issues
            o Multimodality, Embodied Conversational Agents
            o Corpora and data markup to support empirical study
            o Culture and personality dependence
            o General architectures and implementation strategies
            o Social effects of affective language communication
              (persuasion, leadership, team cohesion...)
            o Opportunities and risks, ethical issues
            o Evaluation
  Paper Format
  Papers should be formatted in the ECAI format. LaTeX and Word templates
  can be downloaded from the AISB08 download page. Two kinds of papers
  will be considered:
      * Long papers of up to 8 pages in length, describing work that is
        relatively complete, and
      * Short papers of up to 4 pages in length, describing more
        speculative work or work that is in progress
  The two types of paper will be allocated different amounts of time for
  presentation at the symposium. These lengths are maximum lengths -
  shorter papers will also be considered.
  Note that student authors should append "(student)" to their name on the
  first page of the originally submitted paper in order to be considered
  for the AISB 2008 "best student paper" award.
  Paper Submission
  Papers should be submitted electronically as PDF files sent to
  i.v.d.sluis at the address by 12 noon GMT on 10th January
  2008 . Each paper will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Decisions
  on acceptance and rejection will be communicated to the first named
  authors of papers by 15th February 2008 .
  Authors of papers will be asked to sign a copyright declaration before
  their papers can finally be accepted. This declaration is not exclusive
  however: it gives AISB the right to publish the paper, but does not
  prevent the author from also publishing it in other venues after.
  All accepted papers will also have a poster space in the main hall at
  the conference on the same day as their paper presentation, to give a
  chance for questions and interaction between different symposia.
  Symposium Chair
  Chris Mellish, University of Aberdeen
  Symposium Co-Chairs
  Fiorella de Rosis, University of Bari
  Isabella Poggi, Roma Tre University
  Ielka van der Sluis, University of Aberdeen
  Elisabeth Andre, University of Augsburg, Germany
  Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  Anton Batliner, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  Emanuela Magno Caldognetto, Padova, Italy
  Valentina D'Urso, Padova, Italy
  Laurence Devillers, LIMSI-CNRS, France
  Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK
  Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, Netherlands
  Emiel Krahmer, University of Tilburg, Netherlands
  Linda Moxey, University of Glasgow, UK
  Nicolas Nicolov, Umbria Inc, USA
  Jon Oberlander University of Edinburgh, UK
  Helen Pain, University of Edinburgh, UK
  Helmut Prendinger, Nat Inst of Informatics, Japan
  Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
  Oliviero Stock, ITC IRST, Italy
  Carlo Strapparava, ITC IRST, Italy
  Lyn Walker, University of Sheffield, UK

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