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16 SEPTEMBER 2015 - Workshop program

The date of the workshop is rapidly approaching and we're looking forward to meeting you in person! See below for the program for the afternoon. Talks should be about 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.

  • 14:00 - 14:15 - Walk-in
  • 14:15 - 14:30 - Introduction
  • 14:30 - 14:50 - Samit Bhattacharya - A Linear Regression Model to Detect User Emotion for Touch Input Interactive Systems
  • 14:50 - 15:10 - Isabel Pfab and Christian Willemse - Design of a Wearable Research Tool for Warm Mediated Social Touches
  • 15:10 - 15:30 - Bruna Petreca, Sharon Baurley, and Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze - How Do Designers Feel Textiles?
  • 15:30 - 16:00 - Coffee break
  • 16:00 - 16:20 - Yoren Gaffary, David Antonio Gomez Jauregui, Jean-Claude Martin, and Mehdi Ammi - Gestural and Postural Reactions to Stressful Event: Design of a Haptic Stressful Stimulus
  • 16:20 - 16:40 - Yoren Gaffary, Jean-Claude Martin, and Mehdi Ammi - Perception of Congruent Facial and Kinesthetic Expressions of Emotions
  • 16:40 - 17:30 - Discussing the future of affective touch research


3 AUGUST 2015 - Accepted papers

Below you can find the list of papers that were accepted to the workshop. More information on the program will follow soon!

  • Samit Bhattacharya - A Linear Regression Model to Detect User Emotion for Touch Input Interactive Systems
  • Isabel Pfab and Christian Willemse - Design of a Wearable Research Tool for Warm Mediated Social Touches
  • Bruna Petreca, Sharon Baurley, and Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze - How Do Designers Feel Textiles?
  • Yoren Gaffary, David Antonio Gomez Jauregui, Jean-Claude Martin, and Mehdi Ammi - Gestural and Postural Reactions to Stressful Event: Design of a Haptic Stressful Stimulus
  • Yoren Gaffary, Jean-Claude Martin, and Mehdi Ammi - Perception of Congruent Facial and Kinesthetic Expressions of Emotions


31 MAY 2015 - Deadline extended to June 12th

Good news everyone! We decided to extend the submission deadline to June 12th. Good luck finishing up those papers!


19 MAY 2015 - Updated submission instructions

Submissions to the workshop will now be done using Easychair through the following link. It is not possible anymore to submit by e-mail! Though you can still send any quesionts you have to workshop [dot] affectivetouch [at] gmail [dot] com


23 MARCH 2015 - Program committee announcement

The members of the program committee can now be found on the website under "people".


10 MARCH 2015 - Workshop topic summary

The tactile sense is a rich sense with strong direct (i.e. coding for affective touch by specialized receptors) and indirect (i.e. pleasant tactile experiences) links to affect. Touch is important in social interactions, such as hugging, and can elicit strong affective responses depending on who is touching, in which context, and to which body part, etc. Furthermore, tactile sensations can be inherently pleasant such as the feel of silk compared to sandpaper.

Considering touch from the view of affective computing poses interesting questions, and offers avenues for research relating to sensing (affective) tactile gestures, generating tactile sensations using haptic feedback. Think for example of using touch for social communication with virtual agents or social robots, exploring virtual worlds using the tactile sense, using haptic feedback to provide information about ones affective state (e.g through heartbeats), or using tactile and force feedback sensors to infer a user’s affective state during interaction.

In this workshop we discuss the current state of, and the future directions for research into affective touch; to highlight good case studies; to reflect on the methodological issues; and to brainstorm about applications.


10 MARCH 2015 - Welcome

This workshop on affective touch (WAT, previously MeTA) will be held on, Monday, September 21, 2015 in conjunction with the sixth biannual Humaine Association Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2015).

With the workshop we offer a platform for discussing all issues related to the affective aspects of touch. Those wanting to participate in the workshop are asked to submit original and unpublished work in the form of a short paper (6 pages max.). Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of ACII 2015 in Xi'an China.

We will be updating this website with all relevant information. Any questions regarding the workshop can be submitted to: workshop [dot] affectivetouch [at] gmail [dot] com.

Submissions

The workshop solicits original and unpublished papers concerning all aspects related to touch and affect. Papers can describe empirical work, theoretical work, or be design related. Submissions have to be made through Easychair using the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wat2015Papers should not exceed 6 pages in length in PDF format, and should conform to the IEEE publication guidelines. For templates and examples, see: IEEE conference template

The workshop papers will be published in the ACII 2015 proceedings on IEEE explore.

Program

To be announced.

People

ACII workshop chairs

Hatice Gunes - Queen Mary University of London, UK

Carlos Busso - The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Workshop Chairs

Gijs Huisman - University of Twente, Human Media Interaction Group, the Netherlands

Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze - University College London, UCL Interaction Centre, United Kingdom

Dirk Heylen - University of Twente, Human Media Interaction Group, the Netherlands

Program Committee

Timothy Bickmore - Northeastern University, United States

Augusto Esteves - Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Alberto Gallace - University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Elia Gatti - University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Antal Haans - TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Wijnand IJsselsteijn - TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Merel Jung - University of Twente, the Netherlands

Pedro Lopes - Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Germany

Jean-Claude Martin - Paris South University, France

Ana Tajadura-Jiménez - University College London, United Kingdom

Christian Willemse - TNO, the Netherlands

Katrin Wolf - University of Stuttgart, Germany

Dates

Submission deadline

June 1st June 12th, 2015

Notification of acceptance

July 13th, 2015

Camera ready deadline

July 24th, 2015

Date of the workshop

September 21st, 2015

Contact

Questions regarding the workshop can be send to workshop [dot] affectivetouch [at] gmail [dot] com.