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These are the Thematic Areas around which HUMAINE organises its workpackages:

A common language and understanding of basic concepts such as emotion, attitudes, moods, etc., are required for different application-oriented disciplines to understand each other and work together. This section in particular may become a melting pot indeed!

Sign/signal interfaces are a major limiting factor in the development of emotion-oriented systems, whether the modality is visual, auditory, somatic, or other. They affect both reception and synthesis.

  • [Data and Databases]?

Databases of emotional material are at the heart of empirical research on emotions. Here, we want to collect and reference as many of the key existing databases as possible.

Here, we look at the signs of emotions in interaction. THe main context is the generation phase of the (visual and acoustic) communicative behaviours: what underlying knowledge and set of parameters does a system require in order to compute the proper emotional signals?

  • [Emotion in Cognition and Action]?

Elaborating computational models that embed the effects of emotions in cognition and action is a complex, multi-faceted problem that poses multiple integration challenges.

  • [Emotion in Communication]?

This research area is related to the literature on 'social influence', which looks at ways of using or adapting to emotion. That kind of issues underlies many of the obvious applications.

Usability studies critically review qualities such as the appropriateness and effectiveness of solutions incorporating affective interfaces.

  • [Ethics and good practice]?

This area depends on establishing working relationships between philosophers and practitioners. Philosophy offers general ethical concepts, and various examples of specific ethical frameworks. Practitioners bring ideas about likely applications, and hence about the issues that may arise.


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