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5th International Workshop on Empathic Computing

December 1-5, 2014
Gold Coast, Australia
Co-located with the 13th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Technology has made strides investigating how computational models of emotions can be built. In recent years, Computer Science researchers have realized that emotion models cannot be effectively used in real-world applications by themselves. They need to be analyzed in light of human interactions, and treated with other non-verbal cues as social signals to extract meaning from the data.

Right now, there is a need for human-centered systems, i.e. systems that are seamlessly integrated into everyday life, easy to use, multimodal, and anticipatory. These systems widen the breadth of users of computing systems, from the very young to the elderly, as well as to the physically challenged. Empathic systems are human-centered systems.

Empathic computing systems are software or physical context-aware computing systems capable of building user models and provide richer, naturalistic, system-initiated empathic responses with the objective of providing intelligent assistance and support. We view empathy as a cognitive act that involves the perception of the user's thought, affect (i.e., emotional feeling or mood), intention or goal, activity, and/or situation and a response due to this perception that is supportive of the user. An empathic computing system is ambient intelligent, i.e., it consists of seamlessly integrated ubiquitous networked sensors, microprocessors and software for it to perceive the various user behavioral patterns from multimodal inputs.

Empathic computing systems may be applied to various areas such as e-health, geriatric domestic support, empathic home/space, productivity systems, entertainment and e-learning. Lastly, this approach shall draw upon the expertise in, and theories of, ubiquitous sensor-rich computing, embedded systems, affective computing, user adaptive interfaces, image processing, digital signal processing and machine learning in artificial intelligence.

On its fifth year, IWEC-14 focuses on the role of emotion and its analysis, recognition and synthesis in human-machine interactions, including the use of Artificial Intelligence in solving issues brought about by scientistsí desire to create meaningful human-machine interactions. While primarily data-driven, the workshop this year will investigate how domain knowledge and contextual information can be used to reduce the complexity of emotion analysis and synthesis, as well as empathic response modeling.

  1. To be a gathering of researchers working on embedded systems and sensor networks, digital signal processing, affective computing and adaptive user interfaces as applied to the problem of developing empathic computing systems;
  2. To be a venue to disseminate forefront research results on the area of empathic computing; and
  3. To generate further interest in the area and its real-world novel application areas.
We are inviting new and unpublished papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

The workshop will be of interest to researchers working on affective computing, ambient intelligent systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning, including statistical modelling, and digital signal processing. IWEC-14 aims to serve as venue for these researchers to discuss and share ideas, raise concerns and technical issues, and form research relationships for future collaboration.

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Abstract and Paper Format

Papers must be formatted in Springerís Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) camera-ready style template; see the Springerís author instructions page for details. Papers (submitted and final) cannot exceed 12 pages (excluding references). Please do not include acknowledgements in submissions due to blind review. Papers must be in trouble-free, high-resolution PDF format, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Please only use the author-year system for your references.

Review Process

Each submission will undergo a blind review with 3 assigned reviewers. Qualified reviewers for submissions will be assigned based on the submitted information about the papers (title, keywords, and abstract).


All papers should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair paper submission site in PDF format and formatted using the workshop submission guidelines outlined above. All submitted papers should not be under review or submitted for publication elsewhere during the review period.

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Paper Submission Deadline: September 22, 2014
October 3, 2014 (Extended)
Paper Acceptance Notification: October 16, 2014
October 26, 2014
Workshop Proceedings Deadline: November 19, 2014
5thInternational Workshop on Empathic Computing: December 1, 2014
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Advisory Board
Dirk Heylen
Human Media Interaction
Computer Science
University of Twente, Holland
Toyoaki Nishida
Department of Intelligence Science and Technology
Graduate School of Informatics
Kyoto University, Japan
Catherine Pelachaud
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CNRS - Telecom Paris Tech, France
Organizing Committee
Merlin Teodosia Suarez
Center for Empathic Human-Computer Interactions
De La Salle University (Philippines)
Masayuki Numao
Department of Architecture for Intelligence
Osaka University (Japan)
The Duy Bui
Human Machine Interaction Laboratory
Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Vietnam)
Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo
Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
Program Committee Members
* To be re-invited (as they served as former Program Committee Members of IWEC-)
Elisabetta Bevacqua, Lab-STICC, CERV - ENIB (France)
Iwan Dekok, University of Twente (Netherlands)
Magalie Ochs, Telecom Paris Tech (France)
Dennis Reidsma, University of Twente (Netherlands)
Isao Ono, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Joseph Beck, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Sidney DíMello, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Jerome Urbain, University of Mons (Belgium)
* Accepted
Eriko Aiba, Japan Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Arnulfo Azcarraga, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Judith Azcarraga, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Ryan Baker, Columbia University (USA)
Nigel Bosch, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Rafael Cabredo, Osaka University (Japan)
Nick Campbell, Trinity College (Dublin)
Scotty Craig, Arizona State University (USA)
Jocelynn Cu, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Paul Salvador Inventado, Carnegie-Mellon University (USA)
Nelson Marcos, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Radoslaw Niewadomski, University of Genoa (Italy)
Jaclyn Ocumpaugh, Columbia University (USA)
Luc Paquette, Columbia University (USA)
Raymund Sison, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Kaoru Sumi, Future University (Japan)
Khiet Truong, University of Twente (Amsterdam)
Michael Sao Pedro, Worcester Polytechnic Institute & Apprendis (USA)
Noriko Otani, Tokyo City University (Japan)
Akihiro Kashihara, Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)
Peerapon Vateekul, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
Masashi Inoue, Yamagata University (Japan)
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Presentation Schedule (Monday, December 1, 2014)
10:30-10:40Opening Ceremonies
10:40-11:10Investigating the Effects of Aromatherapy on Stress Levels of College Professors and Students
John Raymond Lim, Eric Punzalan and Merlin Teodosia Suarez
11:10-11:30Neural Prediction of the Userís Mood from Visual Input
Christina Katsimerou and Judith Redi
11:30-11:50Wizard-of-Oz Support Using a Portable Dialogue Corpus
Masashi Inoue and Hiroshi Ueno
13:30-13:50Item-Based Learning for Music Emotion Prediction Using EEG Data
Peerapon Vateekul, Nattapong Thammasan, Koichi Moriyama, Ken-Ichi Fukui and Masayuki Numao
13:50-14:10Designing Interactive Stories to Teach Positive Social Behavior to Children with Autism
Danielle Grace Consignado, Sabrina Jane Ong and Ethel Ong
14:10-14:30Towards Virtual Rehabilitation: A Novel Approach in Gesture Recognition
Earl Arvin Calapatia, Paolo Josef and Merlin Suarez
14:30-14:50Design of Populations in Symbiotic Evolution to Generate Chord Progression in Consideration of the Entire Music Structure
Noriko Otani, Shoko Shirakawa and Masayuki Numao

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