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ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS) - Special Issue on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments, Volume 2 Issue 1, March 2012

Introduction to the special issue on affective interaction in natural environments
Ginevra Castellano, Laurel D. Riek, Christopher Peters, Kostas Karpouzis, Jean-Claude Martin, Louis-Philippe Morency
Article No.: 1
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133367

Affect-sensitive systems such as social robots and virtual agents are increasingly being investigated in real-world settings. In order to work effectively in natural environments, these systems require the ability to infer the affective and mental...

Emotional body language displayed by artificial agents
Aryel Beck, Brett Stevens, Kim A. Bard, Lola Cañamero
Article No.: 2
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133368

Complex and natural social interaction between artificial agents (computer-generated or robotic) and humans necessitates the display of rich emotions in order to be believable, socially relevant, and accepted, and to generate the natural emotional...

Eliciting caregiving behavior in dyadic human-robot attachment-like interactions
Antoine Hiolle, Lola Cañamero, Marina Davila-Ross, Kim A. Bard
Article No.: 3
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133369

We present here the design and applications of an arousal-based model controlling the behavior of a Sony AIBO robot during the exploration of a novel environment: a children's play mat. When the robot experiences too many new perceptions, the...

Spotting laughter in natural multiparty conversations: A comparison of automatic online and offline approaches using audiovisual data
Stefan Scherer, Michael Glodek, Friedhelm Schwenker, Nick Campbell, Günther Palm
Article No.: 4
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133370

It is essential for the advancement of human-centered multimodal interfaces to be able to infer the current user's state or communication state. In order to enable a system to do that, the recognition and interpretation of multimodal social...

Continuous body and hand gesture recognition for natural human-computer interaction
Yale Song, David Demirdjian, Randall Davis
Article No.: 5
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133371

Intelligent gesture recognition systems open a new era of natural human-computer interaction: Gesturing is instinctive and a skill we all have, so it requires little or no thought, leaving the focus on the task itself, as it should be, not on the...

A multitask approach to continuous five-dimensional affect sensing in natural speech
Florian Eyben, Martin Wöllmer, Björn Schuller
Article No.: 6
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133372

Automatic affect recognition is important for the ability of future technical systems to interact with us socially in an intelligent way by understanding our current affective state. In recent years there has been a shift in the field of affect...

Affect recognition based on physiological changes during the watching of music videos
Ashkan Yazdani, Jong-Seok Lee, Jean-Marc Vesin, Touradj Ebrahimi
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/2133366.2133373

Assessing emotional states of users evoked during their multimedia consumption has received a great deal of attention with recent advances in multimedia content distribution technologies and increasing interest in personalized content delivery....