Call: Designing Humor In Human-Computer Interaction (Humic 2017, with INTERACT 2017)

Call for Papers

Mumbai, India, 25 or 26 September 2017

Workshop organized in conjunction with INTERACT 2017
Mumbai, India, 25-29 September 2017

Paper Submission Deadline: 26 April 2017


Humour is pervasive in human social relationships and one of the most common ways to produce a positive affect in others. Research studies have shown that innocent humour increases likeability, boosts friendship, alleviates stress, encourages creativity and improves teamwork. Humour embraces various types of expression – both verbal and non-verbal – and can be used to enhance the interaction outcome while being socially and culturally appropriate.

While humour is a well-established branch in artificial intelligence and natural language processing communities, in the human-computer interaction field humour is rather regarded as marginal research topic, despite its positive effects scientifically proven by decades of research. Therefore, in this workshop we aim to explore challenges in designing and evaluating humourful interactions, as well as benefits and downsides of using humour in interactive tasks with artificial entities.


HUMIC (HUMor in InteraCtion) welcomes position and scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines, such as human-computer interaction, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, social robotics, psychology, media, arts etc. Topics expected include – but are not limited to:

  • Computational humor approaches & applications
  • Humorous virtual agents & social robots & chatbots
  • Linguistics and non-linguistic challenges in designing humor
  • Evaluation approaches for humorous interactions
  • Humorous interactions with and within online communities and social networks
  • Cultural and social norms for appropriate humorous interactions


The accepted workshop papers will be published in the official adjunct conference proceedings. For format and submission procedure consult the HUMIC web site


26 April 2017: Paper Submission Deadline
7 June 2017: Paper Acceptance Notifications
21 June 2017: Camera-ready Submission Deadline
1 July 2017: End of Early Bird Registration
25 or 26 September: INTERACT Workshop Days


Andreea I. Niculescu (Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore)
Anton Nijholt (University of Twente, The Netherlands & Imagineering Institute, Malaysia)
Alessandro Valitutti (Università di Bari, Italy)
Rafael E. Banchs (Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore)

For more information consult the HUMIC website or contact the workshop organizers at

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