On September 3rd, I have successfully co-chaired with Olga Perepelkina the first International Workshop on Social and Emotion AI for Industry, in collaboration with Neurodata Lab:
The workshop was organised in Cambridge, in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction and, according to the organisers of the conference, it has attracted the largest number of participants among the different workshops organised in the same day.
The overall goal of the workshop was to gather academic researchers and industry practitioners active in social and emotion AI, the domains aimed at developing technologies that deal with affective and interactional aspects of their users. The program included refereed papers (50% acceptance rate) as well as keynote presentations given by speakers active in both academia and industry.
We learned about the use AI driven technologies that help people affected by different neurological diseases thanks to Emteq and its CEO Charles Nduka, about the effectiveness of AI technologies for the affective analysis of audio thanks to Audeering and its CEO Dagmar Schuller, and about the activities of Microsoft about empathic computing thanks to Daniel McDuff.
From an academic point of view, the workshop has benefited from the talks by Catherine Pelachaud (an introduction to impression management fore virtual agents), Antonio Camurri (an introduction to his new project on next generation motion capture systems) and Andrew McStay (an ethical perspective on AI).