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Proceedings of the first HUMAINE Workshop, Geneva June 17-19, 2004



First of all, we would like to thank you all for your participation, support, and enthusiasm.

We hope that you had as much pleasure attending the workshop as we had hosting all of you in Geneva! The discussions and debates born during the workshop foreshadow great interactions, both scientific and less scientific!

Hereafter will be gathered all the material produced for, and during, the workshop. From it, we will compile a comprehensive document that will serve as a reference for further discussions. If you have additional material that you think could be useful for us, please share them.

Also, you can download what others wrote, and react to it by following this link: react! — nota: you must be logged on the portal. Reactions and comments could be added to the final main document, which will be downloadable from the portal.

If you have questions, problems, comments, send an email to Etienne Roesch.

Thank you!



Geneva held the first HUMAINE workshop on June 17-19, 2004, entitled " Theories and Models of Emotion". 65 researchers from different - sometimes opposite - research fields took part in promising, enthusiastic and very stimulating discussions.

The aim of the workshop was to bridge gaps between disciplines such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Philosophy, Ethology, and Computer Science by attempting to create a cohesive Affective Science research community. The format we chose was largely based on interactions between people, introducing a question-answer process to stimulate cognitive appetites.

People arrived on Thursday, June 17, 2004. After a short introduction during which representatives introduced to the Geneva research groups, we gathered at the poster session while enjoying a drink or two.

Friday, June 18, 2004, was our first day of debate. The morning session was the chance for Computer Scientists to explain, in detail, their research goals by introducing the audience to live demonstrations of their systems. This session covered a number of important topics of discussion and drew the curiosity of the non-Computer Scientists. The afternoon had a didactic function as talks were given on the possible outcomes of each represented discipline of the study of emotions, namely Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Robotic, and Neural Networks. We concluded the first day on the Rhône river, by a memorable banquet.

Saturday was our last day of discussions. The morning session was divided into 3 different "work groups". The explicit goal was to explore and
define the possible outcomes of the WP3. During this "getting-our-hands-greasy" part of the day, the work groups detailed a course of action for the next several years and the deliverables of WP3. Synthesis and talks concluded the workshop.


Pictures taken during the workshop can be found here.

Further discussions can take place on the WP3 forum.



From Thursday, June 17, 2004 — 6pm
To Saturday, June 19, 2004 — around 6pm



University of Geneva - Uni-Mail
40 Boulevard du Pont d'Arve
1205 Geneva



Thursday, June 17

6pm — 8pm Welcome (pdf ; 348 Ko) & reception, Poster session

Friday, June 18

"Problems and directions for possible solutions"

Morning session: "Identifying theoritical problems" (summary.pdf by Paolo Petta ; 420 Ko — react!)
9am — 10:30am Hands-on demonstrations of artificial emotion systems (session 1) Chair: Paolo Petta (ÖFAI)
10:30am — 11:00am Coffee break  
11am — 12:30am Hands-on demonstrations of artificial emotion systems (session 2) Chair: Paolo Petta (ÖFAI)
12:30am — 1pm Podium discussion: Operationalizing models for implementation  
1pm — 2pm Lunch break
Afternoon session: "Identifying theoritical directions to resolve problems"
2pm — 2:45pm

Possible solutions from Psychological models of emotion

Klaus R. Scherer (GERG)
2:45pm — 3:15pm

Possible solutions from models of emotional expression

Susanne Kaiser (GERG)
3:15pm — 3:45pm

Possible solutions from Cognitive Neurosciences models of emotion

David Sander (GERG)
3:45pm — 4pm Coffee break  
4pm — 4:30pm

Possible solutions from Robotic models of emotion

Lola Cañamero (UH)
4:30pm — 5pm

Possible solutions from Neural Networks simulations of emotion

John Taylor (KCL)
5pm — 6pm

Plenary discussion and organization of Saturday Working groups

  • summary.pdf ; xx Mo — react!
7pm Banquet  

Saturday, June 19

"Designing an emotional architecture (a working day for the working groups)"
Morning session    
9am — 12pm Parallel meetings of the four working groups  
12pm — 1:30pm Lunch break  
Afternoon session: Plenary meeting


1:30pm — 2:30pm

Synthesis of advances during the morning sessions

Chair: David Sander (GERG)

Chair: Klaus Scherer, Etienne Roesch (GERG)

Chair: Tanja Bänziger (GERG)

2:30pm — 3pm

Emotion and relation alignment

Brian Parkinson (UOXF)
3pm — 3:30pm

Categories of emotion: everyday psychology and scientific psychology

Peter Goldie(KCL)
3:30pm — 4pm Coffee break  
4pm — 4:30pm

Synthesis of advances during the Workshop

Roddy Cowie (QUB)
4:30pm — 5:30pm Round table and Closing address  


Hands-on demonstrations of artificial emotion systems

Additional material, as well as the presentations that were given, can be downloaded hereafter. Some of it is restricted to HUMAINE members ; i.e., non-HUMAINE members will not be able to see the content of the directory. Video files will be made available shortly.

"ERMIS: towards multimodal emotion recognition" (additional materialreact!) Roddy Cowie, Ellen Douglas-Cowie, Cate Cox, Rik Fransens, Stefanos Kollias, Martin Nelke & John Taylor ICCS-NTUA, QUB, KCL, FT
"Emotional control of a robot's behavior via 'hormonal' modulation of cognition and action" (additional materialreact!) Lola Cañamero, Orlando Avila-Garcia, René te Boekhorst UH
"MAUI: a Multimodal Affective User Interface based on Appraisal Theory, with Questions..." (additional materialreact!) Christine Lisetti, Guillaume Bastard Institut Eurécom
"Building Emotional Agents for Interactive Storytelling: a pragmatic approach" (Additional materialreact!) João Dias, Ana Paiva INESC-ID, IST
"Emotion Modelling in NECA: Generating affective conversations between ECAs" (additional materialreact!) Brigite Krenn, Marc Schröder, Martin Klesen ÖFAI, DFKI

"Enabling Emotional Displays in ECAs through Expressivity Control" (additional materialreact!)

Björn Hartmann, Catherine Pelachaud, Maurizio Mancini, Vincent Maya, Myriam Lamolle IUT Montreuil — Univ. Paris VIII


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