Call: “Social Emotions – Theories and Models” workshop at Affective Computing and Intelligent Interfaces 2019

Call for Papers

Social Emotions – Theories and Models (SE-THEMOS19)
Tues September 3rd, 2019
Cambridge, UK

A workshop at Affective Computing and Intelligent Interfaces ACII2019 (

Submission deadline: May 31st, 2019

Social agents with both graphical and robotic embodiments are being researched on an increasing scale, with applications in public interaction, education, health and therapeutic areas. This raises quite sharply both a requirement for the detection of social emotions – whether emotion that is socially and culturally regulated or emotion in group settings – and the modelling and expressing of such emotions on the social agent side.

The aim of the workshop is to bring theorists and modellers together to the benefit of both.

Topics could include:

  • Papers on theoretical work on social emotions, including social appraisal and affective aspects of group interaction.
  • Papers arguing the behavioural ecological view that facial expressions are not related to affective state but are entirely social signals produced by an evolutionary process.
  • Work on modelling social emotions such as guilt and the use of emotion as a social signal within existing computational architectures.
  • New architectures for modelling social emotions and emotion as a social signal.
  • Work on the interaction between cultural and social norms and expressive behaviour, preferably taking a generative approach.
  • Social signal processing and how to relate detected signals to plausible affective interpretations, especially in natural social settings.
  • How to model the social context both for social signal generation and recognition.


We are seeking submissions of papers on completed work, work-in-progress, position papers, posters, demos. Papers should be between 2 and 6 pages in length in the IEEE format also being used by ACII2019 – template available at

Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system at . At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the workshop to present their work.


Friday 31st May: Submission deadline
Friday 21st June: Deadline for notifications sent to authors
Friday 12th July: Camera ready copies due
Tuesday 3rd September: Workshop


Ruth Aylett, HWU, UK (chair)
Patrick Gebhard, DFKI, DE
Malte Jung, Cornell University, USA
Arvid Kappas, Jacobs University, DE
Iolanda Leite, KTH, SE
Ana Paiva, University of Lisbon, PT
Brian Parkinson, University of Oxford, UK
Thusha Rajendran, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Christiana Tsiourti, TU Wien, AU
Nutchanon Yongsatianchot, NE University, USA

Further information from Ruth Aylett at

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