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Register as a HUMAINE Association member in connection with ACII'2007

The registration page for ACII 2007 is now open.  It is possible to register a member of the HUMAINE Association
at the same time.

Elections of the Executive Committee for the HUMAINE Association (as specified in the constitution) will be held in conjunction with ACII 2007 (12-14 September 2007, Lisbon, Portugal). Only members of the HUMAINE Association can vote or be elected; however, physical presence in Lisbon will not be required for voting or for being elected. A suitable off-line mechanism will be put in place allowing for off-line proposal of candidates and voting.

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Constitution of the HUMAINE Association

The constitution is the legal basis of the HUMAINE association. It was signed on 5 June 2007 at the final plenary meeting of the HUMAINE Network of Excellence in Paris, France.

The constitution is now accessible online:

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Call for nominations to the Executive Committee of the HUMAINE Association

The HUMAINE Association was established in June 2007 as a professional organisation for people engaged in affective / emotion-oriented computing. Its constitution is available at, and a broad summary of its principles is available at

From September 2007 the Association will be managed by an Executive Committee, normally consisting of 15 people elected by the membership. Elections for the first Executive Committee will be held to coincide with ACII in Lisbon 2007. They will involve a combination of online voting before ACII and direct voting at ACII.

The 2007 election will elect 15 members. The number of votes received will determine whether they serve for 6 years, 4 years, or 2 years.

People involved in affective / emotion-oriented computing are invited to put themselves forward as candidates for the first Executive Committee. They must be members of the Association when the election closes (12th September 2007).

Nominations close at noon CET on September 4th 2007.

Candidates should submit their contact details and a short self-description (10-15 lines in total, including a short biographical
sketch describing their work in the area, and their objectives for the Association) to the election supervisor at the following address: These details will be made available online for the election.

The Association is intended to be open to all relevant interests, not to be an extension of any pre-existing group. To ensure that is open, the groundwork leading up to the election has been supervised by a task force formed from individuals associated with a range of different groups and countries.  They are:

Nick Campbell (Japan)
Roddy Cowie (UK)
Jonathan Gratch (USA)
Jean-Claude Martin (France)
Ana Paiva (Portugal)
Paolo Petta (Austria)
Rosalind Picard (USA)
Fiorella de Rosis (Italy)
Marc Schroeder (Germany)
Jianhua Tao (China)

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Online elections started

The online elections for the HUMAINE Association Executive Committee have now started:

The election closes on Thursday 13 September 2007, 16:00 UTC.
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Election results

The results of the election to the first Executive committee were communicated to all members of the HUMAINE Association by email on the 14 September 2007. For completeness and ease of reference in the future, they are reproduced below.

Results of the election to the HUMAINE Association Executive Committee

Name            Votes    Election period
Roddy Cowie        50    6 years
Catherine Pelachaud    43   
Jonathan Gratch        38   
Paolo Petta        38
Nick Campbell        37    4 years
Jean-Claude Martin    37   
Jianhua Tao        36   
Fiorella de Rosis    35   
Helmut Prendinger    34   
Kostas Karpouzis    31
Laurence Devillers    30    2 years
Ginevra Castellano    29   
Maja Pantic        26   
James Lester        26   
Björn Schuller        24   

Ian Sneddon        21    (-)
Dirk Reichardt        14   
Some statistics:           
Electorate:    97    Members of the HUMAINE Association   
Votes        55    (46 paper ballots, 9 e-ballots)   
participation    57%       
invalid ballots    0       
The candidates on position 5 and 6 have the same number of votes – a draw.  The election procedure (published on the website and printed on the ballots) states: “If there is a draw, both candidates will serve for the smaller number of years.”  For this reason, there are four candidates elected for six years, and six candidates elected for four years.           
The election supervisor           
Marc Schröder, 14 September 2007           

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Management Board in place

The HUMAINE Association now has a management board, nominated by its executive committee:

  • President: Roddy Cowie
  • President-elect: Jonathan Gratch
  • Secretary: Catherine Pelachaud
  • Portal Editor: Marc Schröder

The election of the management board was overseen by the executive committee members Kostas Karpouzis and Nick Campbell.

This structure now being in place, expect the Association to get moving soon! :-)
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Vote on New Constitution

The AAAC is voting to adopt a new constitution. Currently, the members of the Executive Committee can cast their vote.

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Vote on New Constitution put forward to all members

The Executive Committee of the AAAC has voted in favour of adopting a new constitution. Now all members can cast their vote.

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New Constitution and new EC members

The new constitution for the, renamed, Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing has been successfully confirmed by a majority of the members and has therefore been adopted. We have also recently concluded the biannual elections of new members of the Executive Committee.

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Vote on Amending the Constitution for Charitable Status put forward to all Members

The AAAC is in the process of officially gaining "Charitable Status" in the UK. In order to complete the process a small change to its constitution necessary. We ask all members to cast their vote for the change.

The minor change that is required is the inclusion of an explicit definition of Affective Computing as "the study and development of systems and devices that can recognise, interpret, process, and simulate human affects", see the draft for the resolution to be passed with this vote.
In case the change is approved, the treasurer will proceed to file the amended constitution as part of the application process to the Charity Commission of England and Wales.

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