Third International Workshop on Computational Humor
Venue
Trippenhuis, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 8 June, 2012
Chair
Anton Nijholt, Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, the Netherlands
Program Committee
See list of Invited and Confirmed Speakers below

Call for Papers/Workshop Description
Introduction
Like its predecessors in 1996 (University of Twente, the Netherlands) and 2001 (ITC-irst, Trento, Italy), the Third International Workshop on Computational Humor (IWCH 2012) focusses on finding algorithms that allow understanding and generation of humor. There is the general aim of modeling humor, and if we can do that, it will provide us with lots of information about our cognitive abilities in general, such as reasoning, remembering, understanding situations, and understanding conversational partners. But it also provides us with information about being creative, making associations, storytelling and language use. Many more subtleties in face-to-face and multiparty interaction can be added, such as using humor to persuade and dominate, to soften or avoid a face threatening act, to ease a tense situation or to establish a friendly or romantic relationship. One issue to consider is: when is a humorous act appropriate?
In this workshop there is emphasis on an active role of the computer in interpreting and generating verbal humor. But other, supporting approaches are welcomed as well. These approaches can vary from Cognitive Science to Social Psychology and from Communication Science to Human-Computer Interaction. Although humor researchers have been aware that a multi-disciplinary approach to humor modeling was needed, there has not always been sufficient research interest from other research communities that have been struggling to establish their own domain and research methodology. But, recognizing the importance of humor in human-human interaction and also recognizing that in many situations human-human interaction will be replaced by human-computer interaction has emphasized the need to investigate and model the role of humor in daily life interactions and activities.
In addition, and maybe even more importantly, in the last decade we have also seen the emergence of pervasive computing, ambient intelligence, and the 'Network of Things'. From a humor research point of view advantage can be taken of the possibility that sensor-equipped environments, where the sensors are intelligent, are connected and are supported by coordinating computer power, to know and learn about the user, his or her history and background, and the contexts a user is referring to when addressing the environment, particular applications, or other users. Reactive behavior in direct contact with a user, and pro-active behavior because of anticipated activities and preferences of a user become possible. Reactive and pro-active humor interpretation and generation then need to be considered. Nonverbal behavior can be detected and needs to be interpreted to serve as input for understanding humorous acts and for generating, in an appropriate way, humorous acts. So, sensor-equipped environments allow us to understand more of the user, including his or her wish to use humor and to choose a particular form of expression of humor. But there is also the question of how the environment provides feedback to (multimodal) humor expressions that it can understand (or not) and when and how the environment decides to display its created humorous act.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest for the workshop include:

*         Modeling verbal and nonverbal humor

*         Recognizing and generating humor

*         Embodied agents, social robots and humor

*         Appropriateness of humor generation

*         Nonverbal speech, facial expressions, and humor recognition

*         Sentiment analysis and humor

*         Humor corpora

*         Applications of humor research

Confirmed Invited Speakers

*         Christian F. Hempelmann, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

*         Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA.

*         Victor Raskin, Purdue University, West Lafaette, IN, USA.

*         Willibald Ruch, Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

*         Oliviero Stock, IRST, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, Trento, Italy.

*         Carlo Strapparava, IRST, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, Trento, Italy.

*         Julia Taylor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, US.

*         Alessandro Valitutti, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Submission and Publication
Authors are asked to submit an extended abstract of 2-4 pages. Submissions will be peer reviewed. Submissions will appear in a proceedings with ISSN/ISBN that will be available during the workshop. During the workshop there will be a discussion about a follow-up publication. Send submissions to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Time Schedule
April 30: Submission deadline
May 07: Decision about acceptance
May 15: Camera-ready papers
June 7: Pre-workshop events
June 8: Workshop


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