Call: Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media (ESSEM@ACII 2017)


3rd International Workshop on
Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media (ESSEM 2017):
User Engagement and Interaction

Co-located with the seventh International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2017 (, San Antonio, Texas, October 23, 2017

Submission deadline: June 15, 2017

Keynote speaker: Georgios Yannakakis, Institute of Digital Games, Univ. of Malta

The role of emotional intelligence is increasing at fast speed in everyday computer-mediated interactions, thanks to the integration of more or less explicit affective elements in social networks, apps, virtual assistants, etc. Expressed through emojis, color, tags or speech, affect has become part of our relationships with computers, adding depth and involvement to them. The technical advancement of the available expressive means, from 3D to language technologies, is one of the key factors of this process. ESSEM 2017 addresses the expression of emotions in many-to-many interaction and in one-to-one interaction as a tool for promoting, analysing and measuring user engagement. In particular, we are interested in tools and models that rely on NLP, acoustic and video analysis; theories and methods that bridge the expression of emotions from language to media are especially needed to overcome the limitations of language-specific and media-specific approaches. ESSEM 2017 focuses on interaction as a testbed for the models and tools developed for social and expressive media. The ultimate goal is to devise socio-emotional strategies to foster user engagement. We encourage contributions on applications that specifically address the role of sentiment and emotions in the interactions that occur through social and expressive media, with a special focus on cultural heritage, artistic expression, education and entertainment (e.g., storytelling, artistic curation, audience development, games and edutainment). ESSEM aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners both from academia and industry. It wants to take an active part in growing a new field in terms of multidisciplinary research and to investigate open issues by cross-validating different approaches in emotion research. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Affect-related phenomena in social media
  • Affect-related phenomena in expressive media
  • Affect-related phenomena in the user’s engagement process
  • Subjectivity, sentiments and emotions in social & expressive media
  • Affect and figurative language, stance or deception in social & expressive media
  • Design of engaging agents
  • Socio-emotional strategies for user engagement
  • User engagement in human-human and human-agent interactions using NLP & audio-video analysis
  • Grounding affect in conversational context
  • Affect and regulation of human-agent interaction
  • Affect and emotions in embodiment
  • Affect in interactive entertainment (drama, storytelling, games, etc.) and art (artistic curation, audience development, etc.)
  • Applications of affective computing in multimodal interaction
  • Applications of sentiment analysis and emotion detection in social & expressive media


  • June 15, 2017: Paper submission deadline
  • July 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • August 18, 2017: Final manuscripts due (hard deadline for all workshops)
  • Workshop date: October 23, 2017)


Standard research papers should be a maximum of 6 pages long. We also encourage submission of short research papers (including opinion statements) of maximum 3 pages long. Submissions must be anonymous and follow the ACII 2017 formatting guidelines:

All papers should be electronically submitted in PDF format via the main conference platform:, (track ESSEM).

Workshop Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore.


Cristina Bosco, University of Torino, Italy
Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chloé Clavel, LTCI, Telecom-ParisTech, Paris-Saclay University, Paris, France
Rossana Damiano, University of Torino, Italy
Viviana Patti, University of Torino, Italy
Paolo Rosso, Technical University of Valencia, Spain


Alexandra Balahur, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Zoraida Callejas, University of Granada, Spain
Lea Canales, Universitat d’Alacant, Spain
Paula Carvalho, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University, UK
Antonio Chella, University of Palermo, Italy
Giuseppe Riccardi, University of Trento, Italy
Dipankar Das, Jadavpur University, India
Berardina Nadja De Carolis, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Guillaume Dubuisson-Duplessis, Telecom-ParisTech, Paris-Saclay University, France
Elisabetta Fersini, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Carlos A. Iglesias, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Emiliano Lorini, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Alessandro Moschitti, University of Trento, Italy
Malvina Nissim, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Nicole Novielli, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Magalie Ochs, LSIS, University of Aix Marseille, France
Paolo Petta, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria
Rémi Ronfard, INRIA, France
Saif Mohammad, National Research Council, Canada
Björn Schuller, University of Passau, Germany, Imperial College London, UK
Candace Sidner, WPI, US
Mariët Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Marko Tkalcic, Free University of Bozen, Italy
Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Gualtiero Volpe, University of Genova, Italy
Enrico Zovato, Nuance Communications, USA


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  1. Clavel
    Posted June 14, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    There is a mistake in the URL of the submission page.
    Updated link :

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