6th International Workshop on Empathic Computing

October 26, 2015

Update: Paper submission deadline extended!
Update: Workshop date changed to October 26, 2015!
Update: Workshop program now available

DESCRIPTION of the Workshop

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. 

Currently, 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.

On its sixth year, IWEC-15 aims to gather researchers interested in the deployment of agents in real-world scenarios, such as tele-health and therapy systems, education (in tutoring systems) and edutainment such as games. The design of such agents’ interactions with humans is an interesting study, as it will need to consider performance issues (i.e. the ability to understand input and respond in real-time), interaction design (considering factors such as culture, profile, and context, including the goal of the interaction), and usability among others. Specifically, the workshop aims to bring together a variety of researchers from Computer Science, Psychology, Education, and User Experience to help solve these complex issues.

We are inviting new and unpublished papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:
•  Sensor Networks/Wearable Sensors for Intelligent Interfaces
•  Human-Robot Interactions
•  Emotion-aware Embodied Conversational Agents
•  Emotion and mood recognition
•  Intention Recognition/Behavior/Activity Recognition
•  Multimodal Communication
•  Social Signal Processing
•  Social Agents
•  Data fusion in Intelligent Ambient Spaces
•  Multimodal Approaches for Improved Decision-making
•  Motivational Aids in Intelligent Education Systems
•  e-Health and Geriatrics Care
•  Machine Learning and Data mining for Empathy

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-15 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. 

Workshop FORMAT and Paper SUBMISSION

We propose a 1-day workshop, with 1 or 2 invited talks and a panel discussion at the end of the workshop. The panel discussion will be on the issues surrounding the design of embodied conversational agents in real world applications such as health therapy systems (for autism and geriatrics care), education and training systems, and games.  

Review Process/Paper Submissions and Important Dates

15 August 2015  26 August 2015: Workshop paper submissions due
31 August 2015  15 September 2015: Workshop paper notifications due
15 October 2015: Workshop proceedings due
25 October 2015  26 October 2015: Workshop date

Paper Submission and Proceedings

Each paper will conduct a blind review with 3 reviewers assigned per paper. All submissions should be 10-12 pages following the  Springer LNAI format . The organizers are arranging the publication of the post proceedings of PRIMA Workshops as a volume of LNCS/LNAI by Springer. Previous editions have ben published in this series. 

All papers should be submitted electronically using the EasyChair conference management tool in PDF format and formatted accordingly. Submitted papers should not be under review or submitted for publication elsewhere during the review period.


* To be re-invited (as they served as former Program Committee Members of IWEC-)
Eriko Aiba, Japan Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan)
Elisabetta Bevacqua, Lab-STICC, CERV - ENIB (France)
Iwan Dekok, University of Twente (Netherlands)
Masashi Inoue, Yamagata University (Japan)
Akihiro Kashihara, Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)
Magalie Ochs, Telecom Paris Tech (France)
Noriko Otani, Tokyo City University (Japan)
Dennis Reidsma, University of Twente (Netherlands)
Isao Ono, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Joseph Beck, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Jerome Urbain, University of Mons (Belgium)
* Accepted
Arnulfo Azcarraga, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Ryan Baker, Columbia University (USA)
Nigel Bosh, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Raymund Sison, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Nelson Marcos, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Judith Azcarraga, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Rafael Cabredo, Osaka University (Japan)
Jocelynn Cu, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Paul Salvador Inventado, Carnegie-Mellon University (USA)
Radoslaw Niewiadomski, University of Genoa (Italy)
Khiet Truong, University of Twente (Amsterdam)
Tran Minh Triet, Vietnam National University (Vietnam)
Radoslaw Niewiadomski, University of Genoa (Italy)
Syaheerah Lebai Lutfi, Universiti Sains (Malaysia)


Presentation Schedule (Monday, October 26, 2015)
14:00-14:30Opening Ceremonies
14:30-15:00Modeling Work Stress using Heart Rate and Stress Coping Profiles
Hagad, Moriyama, Fukui and Numao
15:00-15:30Modeling User Music Preference through Usage Scoring and User Listening Behavior for Generating Preferred Playlists
Caronogan and Cabredo
15:30-16:00Comparing Affect Recognition in Peaks and Onset Laughter
Ataoillahi and Suarez
16:30-17:00A Conversational Agent to Shift Student's Affect State
Ong and Soriano
17:00-17:30Identifying Significant Task-based Predictors of Emotion in Learning
Mokhtar and Lutfi
17:30-18:00Academic Affective States of Sub-Saharan African, Filipino and Latin American Spanish Adult Learners using Brainwave Signals
Swansi, Cu, Azcarraga and Suarez


Most recent workshop/special session organized:
List of workshops organized:

• The 1st International Workshop on Empathic Computing (IWEC-10) was held in 2010 in conjunction with the HumanCom Conference in Cebu City. There were two keynote presentations, Dr. Madelene Sta. Maria from the Psychology Department of De La Salle University, and Prof. Dirk Heylen of the Human Media Interaction Laboratory University of Twente. There were 4 accepted papers. 
• The 2nd International Workshop on Empathic Computing (IWEC-11) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam in conjunction with Knowledge and Systems Engineering Conference. There were 9 accepted papers. 
• The 3rd International Workshop on Empathic Computing (IWEC-12) was held in conjunction with the Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Kuching, Malaysia. Prof. Motoaki Sugiura of Tohoku University, Japan was the invited speaker. There were 12 papers accepted to the workshop. 
• The 4th International Workshop on Empathic Computing (IWEC-13) was held in conjunction with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence held Tsinghua University in Beijing, China on August 3, 2013. 
• The 1st International Workshop on Context-based Affect Recognition (CBAR 2012) was organized by Merlin Teodosia Suarez of De La Salle University (co-organizer of IWEC) with Zakia Hammal of Carnegie Mellon University. It was held in conjunction with SocialCom 2012 held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prof. Ursula Hess of Humboldt University, Germany was the keynote speaker. There were 4 accepted papers for the half-day workshop.
• The 2nd International Workshop on Context-based Affect Recognition (CBAR 2013) was organized by Merlin Teodosia Suarez (co-organizer of IWEC) with Zakia Hammal of Carnegie Mellon University and was held in conjunction with the 2013 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction held in Geneva, Switzerland. 
• The 5th International Workshop on Empathic Computing (IWEC-14) was held in conjunction with the 2014 Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence held in Gold Coast, Australia. 
• The 5th Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems (CATS 2014) was co-organized by Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo (co-organizer of IWEC) with Emmanuel Blanchard, Isabella Gasparini and Amy Ogan and was held in conjunction with the 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. 
• The 3rd International Workshop on Context-based Affect Recognition (CBAR 2015) was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and co-organized by Merlin Teodosia Suarez (co-organizer of IWEC) with Zakia Hammal of Carnegie Mellon University and held in conjunction with the 2015 International Conference on Face and Gestures. 


Masayuki Numao
Department of Architecture for Intelligence
Osaka University (Japan)
Merlin Teodosia Suarez
Center for Empathic Human-Computer Interactions
De La Salle University (Philippines)
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)

Primary Contact

Masayuki Numao
Numao Laboratory Contact
Merlin Teodosia Suarez
CEHCI Contact