Call: Behavior Analysis and Multimedia for Children – Focus theme at Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU 2016)

Call for Papers: 7th Int. Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU 2016)
to be held in conjunction with ACM Multimedia, 16 October 2016, Amsterdam

“Focus Theme: Behavior Analysis and Multimedia for Children”

Short Description:

The Seventh International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding, organized as a satellite to ACM Multimedia’16 will gather researchers dealing with the problem of modeling human behavior under its multiple facets (display of complex social and relational behaviors, recognition of individual or joint actions, personalization, etc.), with the focus topic of “Behavior Analysis and Multimedia for Children”.

The minimum age of computer usage is steadily getting lower, yet there are many issues open in children’s use of computers and multimedia. This workshop will solicit human behavior analysis solutions that clearly advance the field, and also to meet challenges of designing solutions with children in mind, which brings its own issues and challenges. The covered topics may span items from each of the following topic dimensions, as well as target a focus theme challenge:


  • Human Behavior Analysis Systems:
    • Action and activity recognition
    • Affect analysis
    • Social signal processing
    • Face analysis
    • Gestures and haptic interaction
    • Voice and speech analysis
    • Learning and adaptation
    • Gaze, attention and saliency
  • Theory and Methodology of Human Behavior:
    • Theoretical frameworks of behavior analysis
    • Data collection, annotation, and benchmarking
    • User studies and human factors
    • Interaction design
    • Temporal models
  • Applications:
    • Education
    • Creativity
    • Visual and digital arts
    • Games and entertainment
    • Healthcare and well-being
    • Robotics
  • Focus Theme Challenges: Behavior analysis for children:
    • Age estimation
    • Detection of abusive and aggressive behaviors, cyberbullying
    • Inappropriate content detection
    • Privacy and ethics of multimedia access for children
    • Databases collected from children
    • Monitoring children during social interactions
    • Investigations into children’s interaction with multimedia content

The HBU is organized as a full-day, single track event with invited talks, and oral presentations.


Submissions must represent original material. Papers are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has been neither submitted to, nor published in, another journal or conference. All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous review process by the members of the program committee. Submissions are single-blind, LNCS style. HBU proceedings are published by Springer Verlag in the LNCS series, and indexed in ACM DL.

You can submit a paper now at:


June 25, 2016: Submission of full papers (23:59pm PST)
July 25, 2016: Notification of acceptance
August 16, 2016: Camera-ready
October 16 2016: Workshop


You may contact A.A. Salah ( with questions regarding HBU.


Mohamed Chetouani, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Jeffrey Cohn, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: (being formed at the moment)

Elisabeth André, Universitat Augsburg, DE
Lisa Anthony, UCF, US
Oya Aran, Idiap Research Institute, CH
Antonio Camurri, University of Genova, IT
Marco Cristani, University of Verona, IT
Abhinav Dhall, University of Canberra, AU
Hamdi Dibeklioğlu, Delft University of Technology, NL
Weidong Geng, Zhejiang University, CN
Hatice Gunes, University of Cambridge, GB
Sibel Halfon, Bilgi University, TR
Zakia Hammal, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, NL
Andri Ioannou, Cyprus University of Technology, CY
Mohan Kankanhalli, NUS, SG
Alexey Karpov, SPIIRAS, RU
Heysem Kaya, Namık Kemal University, TR
Cem Keskin, Microsoft Research, US
Hatice Kose, Istanbul Technical University, TR
Ben Kröse, University of Amsterdam, NL
Matei Mancas, University of Mons, BE
Panos Markopoulos, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, NL
Louis-Philippe Morency, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Florian Mueller, RMIT, AU
Francisco Florez Revuelta, Kingston University, GB
Stefan Scherer, University of Southern California, USA
Ben Schouten, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, NL
Suleman Shahid, University of Tilburg, NL
Reiner Wichert, AHS Assisted Home Solutions, DE
Bian Yang, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO


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