Psychologists, Researchers in AI and Computer Games, Health Technologists, Computational Psychiatrists, Linguists, Philosophers, and Roboticists ...

Symposium on Computational Modelling of Emotion: Theory and Applications

Confirmed dates for the symposium: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April

The symposium is part of the AISB Annual Convention 2017
(University of Bath, UK)
The convention will occur over 19th-21st April, 2017

Keynote talk by Professor Aaron Sloman: Architectures underlying cognition and affect in natural and artificial systems (Thursday at 1.30pm)



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:


Authors Paper title
Thursday 11.00-12.30
Dean Petters and Everett Waters Bowlby's Attachment Control System Approach: An Alternative History of Emotion Modelling
David Cittern, Abbas Edalat and Syed Ibrahim Ghaznavi. An Immersive Virtual Reality Mobile Platform for Self-Attachment
David Shemmings Using immersive, 'serious' games in child protection
Thursday 1.30-2.30
Symposium Keynote Talk - Aaron Sloman Architectures underlying cognition and affect in natural and artificial systems
Thursday 2.0-2.30
Luc Beaudoin, Sylwia Hyniewska and Eva Hudlicka. Perturbance: Unifying research on emotion, intrusive mentation and other psychological phenomena with AI
Thursday 3.30-5.00
Armin Seyeditabari, Sara Levens, Cherie Maestas, James Walsh, Christina Danis and Wlodek Zadrozny. Cross Corpus Emotion Classification Using Survey Data
Damien Dupre, Adam Booth, Andrew Bolster, Gawain Morrison and Gary McKeown. Dynamic Analysis of Automatic Emotion Recognition Using Generalized Additive Mixed Models
Pasquale Dente, Dennis Kuester, Lina Skora and Eva Krumhuber. Measures and metrics for automatic emotion classification via FACET
Friday 11.00-12.30
Joost Broekens. Reinforcement Learning Models of Emotion: Computational Challenges
Luc Caspar and Roger Moore. PrimEmo: A Neural Implementation of Survival Circuits Supporting Primitive Emotions
Dean Petters and Emily Coyne-Umfreville Towards modelling adult attachment patterns as control states
Friday 1.30-3.00
Tom Lenaerts, The Anh Han, Luís Moniz Pereira and Luis Martinez Vaquero When apology is sincere, cooperation evolves, even when mistakes occur frequently
Luís Moniz Pereira, Tom Lenaerts, Luis Martinez Vaquero and The Anh Han. Evolutionary Game Theory Modelling of Guilt
Jean Roch Donsimoni Labour Supply Dynamics and Psychological Fatigue
Friday 3.30-5.00
Ana Tanevska, Francesco Rea, Giulio Sandini and Alessandra Sciutti. Can Emotions Enhance the Robot's Cognitive Abilities: a Study in Autonomous HRI with an Emotional Robot
Martina Truschzinski and Maike Klein Modeling the Enactive Emotion Theory: An Interdisciplinary Endeavor
THE EMOTION PANEL: panel members TBA during AISB2017 THE EMOTION PANEL: discussion of key issues in emotion research that have arisen in the two emotional related emotional symposia at AISB2017

Companion symposium

Our companion symposium on philosophy of emotion and affect is The Power of Passion Human Reason and its Emotional Foundations. This will run on Wednesday 19th April. So the 'Computational Modelling of Emotion' symposium and this companion symposium will run sequentially providing three days in total of talks on research at the intersection of emotion and diverse other disciplnes including: Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Computer Games, Health Technology, Serious Games, Computational Psychiatry, Linguistics, Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, and Philosophy.

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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