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5^th International Workshop on Affective Interaction in Natural
Environments (AFFINE):

Interacting with Affective Artefacts in the Wild

*****Deadline for paper submission postponed to 5th of May 2013******


Geneva, 2 September 2013

Satellite event of ACII 2013 (

A vital requirement for social robots, virtual agents, adaptive games
and smart mobile technology is the ability to infer the affective and
mental states of humans and provide appropriate output during
sustained social interactions, and to do so in a timely manner.
Examples include ensuring that the user is interested in maintaining
the interaction or providing suitable empathic responses through the
display of facial expressions, gestures or generation of speech. This
workshop will cover real-time computational techniques for the
recognition and interpretation of human affective and social
behaviour, models of “mentalising” and “empathising” for affective
interaction in naturalistic settings, and techniques for synthesis of
believable social behaviour supporting real-time adaptive human-agent
and human-robot interaction in real-world environments.

This year AFFINE especially welcomes studies that provide new insights
into the use of multimodal techniques for enabling interaction between
humans and technology “in the wild”, i.e., in natural, everyday,
non-laboratory settings. We anticipate the main outcome of this
workshop to be the identification and investigation of important open
issues in real-time, affect-aware applications in natural
environments. Issues such as natural and multimodal interaction,
estimation and adaption to context, context dependent processing and
related databases, HCI/HRI beyond emotion (cognition, behaviour, etc.)
and best practices for application to real environments will be
discussed in the context of interacting with other humans and social

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

Multimodal human affect and social behaviour recognition

Multimodal expression generation in robots and virtual agents

Perception-action loops in agents/robots

Cognitive and affective ‘mentalising’

Visual attention / user engagement with robots and embodied
conversational agents (ECAs)

Emotion and cognitive state representation

Social context awareness and adaptation

Natural Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) / Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Frameworks for adaptive, real-time HCI and HRI

Multimodal and emotional corpora (naturally evoked or induced emotion)

Techniques for handling noisy data in real world scenarios

Affective mobile computing

Recognition of human behaviour for implicit tagging

Crowdsourcing affective behaviour

Exertion games/physical interaction

Real-world interactive/affective artefacts

Applications to interactive games, robots and virtual agents

*Program committee*

Albert Ali Salah (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Stelianos Asteriadis (ITI, Greece)

Sandra Baldassarri (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

Christian Becker-Asano (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Tony Belpaeme (University of Plymouth, UK)

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze (University College London, UK)

Timothy Bickmore (Norteastern University, USA)

Carlos Busso (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Marc Cavazza (University of Teesside, UK)

Matthieu Courgeon (CERV, France)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Laurence Devillers (LIMSI-CNRS, France)

Sidney D’Mello (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Faiyaz Doctor (Coventry University, UK)

Hatice Gunes (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Zakia Hammal (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Isabelle Hupont Torres (Aragon Institute of Technology, Spain)

Stefanos Kollias (ICCS-NTUA, Greece)

Iolanda Leite (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)

Maurizio Mancini (University of Genova, Italy)

Rachel McDonnell (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Peter William McOwan (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Radoslaw Niewiadomski (Telecom ParisTech, France)

Fotios Papadopoulos (University of Birmingham, UK)

Peter Robinson (University of Cambridge, UK)
Mario Romero (KTH, Sweden)

Bjoern Schuller (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany)

Bill Smart (Oregon State University, USA)

Giovanna Varni (University of Genova, Italy)

Gualtiero Volpe (University of Genova, Italy)

Michael Walters (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Nigel Ward (UT El Paso, USA)

*Important dates*

Deadline for paper submission: 5 May 2013

Notification of acceptance: 3 June 2013

Camera ready paper: 17 June 2013

*Paper format*

Papers should be 6 pages long and follow the standard IEEE double
column format, in accordance with the guidelines of the ACII
conference. For more information about the format, see the workshop’s

*Publication information*

Accepted workshop papers will be published in the ACII conference
proceedings and indexed in IEEExplore.

*Workshop chairs*

Ginevra Castellano (University of Birmingham, UK)

Kostas Karpouzis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Jean-Claude Martin (Paris South University, France)

Louis-Philippe Morency (University of Southern California, USA)

Christopher Peters (KTH, Sweden)

Laurel Riek (University of Notre Dame, USA)


Dr. Albert Ali Salah
Bogazici University, Computer Engineering Dept.
34342 Bebek  - Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 359 (7774)
Bogazici University, Cognitive Science MA Program


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