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AAAC Executive Committee Elections 2013

Every two years, one third of the members of the AAAC's Executive Committee is elected for a term of six years. In 2013, the following members' terms expire: Roddy Cowie, Jonathan Gratch, Catherine Pelachaud, Paolo Petta. On this page, the candidates for the new term present themselves; the link to the ballot can be found at the bottom of the page.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.


Joost Broekens

Interactive Intelligence group, TU Delft

I have been involved in the field of Affective Computing for about a decade, including a broad range of topics (Affective HCI, Affect measurement, Computational models of affective processes, Robots, Adaptation). As such I feel I understand issues that play a role in the use of affect in technology well. In addition to that I teach my course on affective computing since 2006, am assistant professor affective computing at Delft University and run my own spin-off company. I have contributed to the humaine society in the form of a measurment tool for affect (AffectButton, see humaine tools) and an open source 3d emotion expression toolkit for virtual characters (see humaine tools).

Recent efforts in standardisation of research into computational models of emotion, in particular on how such models should be evaluated and integrated with other models are important. I have been activiely engaged in this topic as the main organiser of the Standards on Emotion Modelling workshop in Leiden, 2011. As a member I would like to continue my efforts by promoting an anual dedicated workshop on this topic at ACII, which seems a logical next step. Also, recent computational studies in emotion detection, modelling and expression, show that the current view that there are three distinct theoretical pillars of emotion (categories, dimensions, appraisal) is outdated, at least from a computational point of view. In many cases these three pillars seem three sides of the same coin. I intend to foster comparison and integration of these appraoches in affect detection, modeling and expression, again by promoting workshop submissions at ACII on "Integrative appraoches to modelling affect". Further I will take initiative to investigate if a SIG on this topic is a useful thing to have.


Roddy Cowie

Queen's University Belfast

I have some experience of committees, and I am happy to use it for the benefit of AAAC. I would also be interested in helping to raise public awareness of affective computing.


Laurence Devillers

Paris-Sorbonne IV University

What I intend to do as EC-member …

I already co-animate with Bjorn Schuller a Special Interest Group Emotion Recognition from Speech on AAAC web site. I am also interested to animate a new SIG on corpora and annotation with the aim to collect the information of the available corpora accessible for the community. We also have proposed the fifth installment of the series of Corpora for Research on Emotion held at the last LRECs (LREC 2006-08-10-12) which aims at further cross-fertilisation between the highly related communities of emotion/ affect processing based on acoustics of the speech signal and linguistic analysis of spoken and written text, i.e., the field of sentiment analysis including figurative languages such as irony, sarcasm, satire, metaphor, parody, etc. At the same time, the workshop integrates the emerging field of behavioral and social signal processing including signals such as laughs, smiles, sighs, hesitations, consents, etc. Lastly, I contribute to computer ethics through publications and different social activities, for instance I am member of the working group on the ethics of the research in robotics of the French CERNA. I am also involved in the European Robotics Association. I will also propose to animate a Special Interest Group on the ethics of the research in affective computing.

Who I am…

Laurence Devillers is a Professor of Computer Science applied to Human and Social Sciences at Paris-Sorbonne IV University, France. Her current research activities fall in the areas of affective computing and spoken interactions ( She is doing her research at the Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (LIMSI – CNRS) within the Spoken Language Processing Group and heads the team on “Affective and social dimensions of spoken interactions”, working on machine analysis of human non-verbal behavior including audio and multimodal analysis (paralinguistic cues, affect bursts like laughter, lexical cues) of affective states and social signals, and its applications to HCI and HRI. Prof. Devillers was also a partner in several ESPRIT, FP5, FP6 and FP7 European projects such as AMITIES (Automated Multilingual Interaction with Information and Services project), CHIL (Computer Human in the Loop), HUMAINE Network of Excellence and CHISTERA JOKER (2013-2016). She is also involved in several national projects for building assistive or companion robot (CAP DIGITAL ROMEO, PSPC ROMEO2 (2012-2016) and ANR ARMEN (2010-2013), for building efficient customer quality management in call centres (CAP DIGITAL VoxFactory project) but also for building serious games applications (ANR E-THERAPIES (2011-2014)) with goals of health, security and education. Prof. Devillers is member of the ACM, IEEE and ISCA and (co-) authored of more than 110 publications in peer reviewed books, journals, and conference proceedings.


Jonathan Gratch

University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies

I am the current and founding editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing and former president of the HUMAINE Association (now AAAC). I believe that a position on the EC will allow me to enhance the visibility of the AAAC and I would work to strengthen the association, the international conference, and the connections between the association and the IEEE journal.


Paolo Petta

Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Vienna

Concerns: inter- and transdisciplinarity. AAAC/HUMAINE laid grounds, but many dimensions remain to be taken on. One key aspect for the association is to provide access to practices, methods in different communities, to understand and consider how to not just "reach out" but connect to peers and possibly integrate representatives. I consider the portal as an important resource. Further topics as discussed with the president at ACII 2013.



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