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Symposium on Computational Modelling of Emotion: Theory and Applications

The symposium is part of the AISB Annual Convention 2017
(University of Bath, UK)
The convention will occur over 19th-21st April, 2017
The dates of the Computational Modelling of Emotion symposium will fall within these dates and are TBC



Contemporary emotion modelling includes many projects attempting to understand natural emotions or to implement simulated emotions in chatbots, avatars or robots, for practical uses of many sorts from entertainment to caring. The numerous models of affective phenomena in the literature differ in important respects. They differ in how they describe and explain a range of phenomena, including the nature and order of perceptual, cognitive and emotional mental processes and behavioural responses in emotional episodes. They also differ in their target level of granularity: from fine-grained neural to coarse-grained psychological. Different models simulate emotions (and other mental states) with different ontological status and with a different focus on whether they model external behaviour or internal states. This diversity provides a challenge, but also an opportunity. This symposium aims to facilitate movement towards a mature integrated field with a deeper and richer understanding of biological minds by more clearly setting out interrelationships between emotion models.

Contributions that identify and attempt to remedy gaps and lack of breadth in current research on affective phenomena are particularly welcome. A narrow modelling focus may be appropriate for narrowly focused applications of AI, such as toys or entertainment. Richer theories that are intended to advance the science of mind should include affective states such as: motives, attachments, preferences, values, standards, attitudes, moods, ambitions, obsessions, humour, grief, various kinds of pride, and various moral and aesthetic phenomena. So the symposium will consider how varieties of affect can be integrated and validated in computational models.

The aims of this symposium also include: presenting the state of the art in emotion modelling; bringing together an interdisciplinary community interested in exploiting this technology; and looking forward by defining new challenges, including empirical, philosophical, and technological, as well as contributing to our understanding of natural varieties of affect and how they fit in with other aspects of cognition.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Companion symposium

Our companion symposium on philosophy of emotion and affect can be found here. The two symposia will run sequentially, with each expected to run half the length of the entire convention. Guest speakers and panel discussions may be shared. Authors may wish tho check both calls-for-papers before deciding where to submit.

Organising committee

Programme committee

Further committee members to be confirmed


We invite submissions of the following kinds: Submission is via the easychair page

Formatting and style files and guides can be found here

Important dates

Deadline for submissions (extended): 25th January 2017

Notification of acceptance (extended): 22nd February 2017

Final versions to be submitted for inclusion in proceedings 15th March 2017

Symposium date: TBC (during 19th-21st) April, 2017

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