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IWEC-11: 2nd International Workshop on Empathic Computing

The 2nd International Workshop on Empathic Computing brings together researchers interested in building systems that improve human-machine interaction via empathic feedback. These systems cover software as well as physical computing systems, and application areas range from intelligent tutoring systems to smart homes.

IWEC’11: The Second International Workshop on Empathic Computing
October 17, 2011,
Hanoi, Vietnam

Technology has matured sufficiently to tackle problems providing emotional and social intelligence to computing systems. Right now, there is a need for human-centered systems, i.e. systems that are seamlessly integrated into everyday life, easy to use, multimodal, and anticipatory. These systems widen the breadth of users of computing systems, from the very young to the elderly, as well as to the physically-challenged. Empathic systems are human-centered systems.
Empathic computing systems are software or physical context-aware computing systems capable of building user models and provide richer, naturalistic, system-initiated empathic responses with the objective of providing intelligent assistance and support. We view empathy as a cognitive act that involves the perception of the user's thought, affect (i.e., emotional feeling or mood), intention or goal, activity, and/or situation and a response due to this perception that is supportive of the user. An empathic computing system is ambient intelligent, i.e., it consists of seamlessly integrated ubiquitous networked sensors, microprocessors and software for it to perceive the various user behavioral patterns from multimodal inputs.

Empathic computing systems may be applied to various areas such as e-health, geriatric domestic support, empathic home/space, productivity systems, entertainment and e-learning. Lastly, this approach shall draw upon the expertise in, and theories of, ubiquitous sensor-rich computing, embedded systems, affective computing, user adaptive interfaces, image processing, digital signal processing and machine learning in artificial intelligence.

The Workshop will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Conference on Knowledge and Systems Engineering (KSE 2011) to be held on October 14-17, 2011 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On its second year, IWEC focuses on the ambient intelligent, socio-affective context of empathic computing. Empathic systems are relevant essentially because of their capability to infer not only user behavioral states, but also about the context in which the user is involved. Appropriate responses are heavily influenced by the context of its occurrence.


We are inviting new and unpublished papers on, but not limited to, the following topics:

Emotion and mood recognition in an Ambient Spaces
Intention Recognition
Behavior/Activity Recognition
Motion/Gesture Detection
Multimodal Communication
Sensor Networks for Human Tracking
Social Signal Processing
Wearable or Implantable Sensor Integration
Sensor Networks for Intelligent Interfaces
Data fusion in Intelligent Ambient Spaces
Multimodal Approaches for Improved Decision-making
Motivational Aids in Intelligent Education Systems
Advanced Home Automation Systems
e-Health and Geriatrics Care
Social Agents


All are enjoined to submit papers for presentation to the workshops. Each should be 6 to 8 page long using the IEEE Conference Proceedings format. All papers will undergo a double-blind review procedure. Please submit all papers through the EasyChair Conference System. All accepted papers are going to be published by IEEE Computer Society.


Papers Submission Deadline: June 14, 2011
Author notification: July 29, 2011
Camera-ready papers due: August 12, 2011
Early registration deadline: August 12, 2011
Registration deadline: October 7, 2011
Workshop: October 17, 2011


Workshop Co-Chairs

The Duy Bui

Faculty of Information Technology

Vietnam National University - Hanoi

Merlin Teodosia Suarez

Center for Empathic Human-Computer Interactions

De La Salle University - Manila


Workshop Organizers


Chau Ma , Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Vietnam)

Duyen Ngo , Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Vietnam)


Advisory Board

Dirk Heylen
Human Media Interaction
Computer Science
University of Twente

Toyoaki Nishida
Department of Intelligence Science and Technology
Graduate School of Informatics
Kyoto University

Catherine Pelachaud
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
CNRS - Telecom Paris Tech

Steering Committee

The Duy Bui, Vietnam National University - Hanoi (Vietnam)

Roberto Legaspi, Osaka University (Japan)
Masayuki Numao, Osaka University (Japan)
Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo, Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines)
Merlin Teodosia Suarez, De La Salle University (Philippines)

Program Committee (More to be invited)

Arnulfo Azcarraga, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Ryan Shaun Baker, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
Sidney D’Mello, University of Memphis (USA)
Hatice Gunes, Imperial College (UK)
Nelson Marcos, De La Salle University (Philippines)
Noriko Otani, Tokyo City University (Japan)
Handri Santoso, Nagaoka Univeristy of Technology (Japan)
Toshiharu Sugawara, Waseda University (Japan)

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