[Eeglablist] CfP - reminder - Brain and physiological signals for multi-users modeling @ ACII

Christian Muehl cmuehl at gmail.com
Sat Apr 15 05:31:33 PDT 2017

** Call for papers **

Special session in ACII 2017 (Affective Computing and Intelligent

Topic: Brain and physiological signals for multi-user modeling


** Description **

Emotional cues, generated subconsciously by the human body, have always
been a crucial part of affective computing. Machines can learn about a
person's affective state by analyzing measurements such as autonomic
nervous system responses, neurophysiological measurements and gaze
behavior. They can then act on the inferred information, adapting their own
behavior, response or service based on the user's affective state.

Although emotions can be viewed as a social phenomenon, current
physiological computing research is focused on emotions which are triggered
by non-social stimuli. In the case of group interactions, emotions do not
only develop in one’s mind but rather unfold according to the emotional
expressions of the others. Consequently, the behavior, expressions and
physiology of interacting people are known to be in synchrony during
interactions. This inter-dependency of behavior and emotional expressions
can in turn predict several properties of the social interaction such as
grounding, mutual understanding, conflict, or social presence. Similarly,
researchers in social neuro-science perform hyper-scanning to measure joint
brain activities of people interacting with each other. The objective being
to uncover brain areas and neural mechanisms supporting social processes.

With this special session we would like to develop research on multi-user
modeling from neural and physiological sources. Here the concept of user
modeling is defined broadly, including emotional, cognitive and social
aspects which can be used for intelligent interactions. This special
session targets researchers from computer science, neuro-science and
psycho-physiology who are interested in the following research questions:

-   What information about the user state and the quality of the
interaction between users can be gained from (neuro-)physiological signals?

-   How can that information, combined from several users, be used to
interact adaptively with a machine?

-   What is the effect of sharing physiological information with others?

-   Which methods can be developed to reduce inter-user variability and
improve user modeling?

The special session topics include but are not limited to:

-   Collaborative brain-computer interfaces

-   Tangible / social display of physiological and neural cues

-   Social bio-feedback

-   Assessment of social processes (conflict, empathy, relationship etc.)

-   Assessment of the quality of interaction and collaboration

-   Social neuroscience and psycho-physiology

-   Emotion assessment, particularly social emotions

-   Domain and transfer learning for building cross-participant models

-   Methods for multiple user modeling (e.g. synchrony measures, dynamic
multi-user models, etc.)

-   Applications of multi-user physiological computing

To facilitate the research on physiological signal classification, several
databases are publicly available. Contributions on the physiological data
available in such databases are welcome but not obliged. Example databases

EATMINT: https://eatmint.unige.ch

RECOLA: https://diuf.unifr.ch/diva/recola

MMDB: http://www.cbi.gatech.edu/mmdb/

Those databases are only examples and work on self-collected or other data
are welcome.

** Important dates **

Conference Dates: October 23-26, 2017

Paper Submission Deadline: May 2, 2017

Reviews Provided to Authors: June 16, 2017

Author Rebuttals Due: June 23, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: July 14, 2017

Camera Ready Papers Due: August 18, 2017

Full paper authors should register By: August 7, 2017

Early registration deadline: September 1, 2017

** Submission procedure **

Papers  submitted to this Special Sessions have to be submitted following
the same schedule and procedure as regular ACII papers (ACII paper
submission). When submitting your paper please check the corresponding box
for the Special Session on "Brain and physiological signals for multi-user
modeling" in the ACII submission system.

The papers will undergo the same review process by anonymous and
independent reviewers as the remaining ACII submissions.

** Organizers **

Guillaume Chanel, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Switzerland



Christian Mühl, German Aerospace Center, Germany



Jérémy Frey, Ullo, France



Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands


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