Workshop on Mediated Touch and Affect (MeTA)
Conference: The fifth biannual Humaine Association Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2013).
2-5 September 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
DEADLINE: 24th of May
Our sense of touch allows us to feel shapes, textures and temperatures, and we use these sensations to haptically explore the world around us, and manipulate objects. However, touch can also be hedonically pleasant, such as the smooth feel of finely crafted piece of wooden furniture, or the subtleness of a silk dress. Moreover, touch is a central modality in human-to-human communication. Touch can communicate positive or negative emotions, or serve as an intensifier of emotional displays from other modalities. Recent advances in haptic technology have spurred the development of prototypes that aim to mediate touch. These prototypes make it possible to experience tactile sensations, or engage in social touch at a distance, adding a rich affective channel to interaction with digital systems, and remote communication.
The main aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from diverse communities, such as affective computing, haptics, augmented reality, communication, design, psychology, human-robot interaction, and telepresence. The goal is to discuss the current state of, and the future directions for, research in aspects of the touch-technology-affect triangle (as it is exemplified in mediated social touch); to highlight good case studies; to reflect on the methodological issues; and to brainstorm about applications. We welcome papers that deal with touch, and haptic technologies in relation to affect. Read more on Call: Workshop on Mediated Touch and Affect (MeTA) at ACII 2013…