[Elsnet-list] CFP: SocialCom 2012 workshop on Exploring Stances in Interactions

Marcela Charfuelan Marcela.Charfuelan at dfki.de
Tue Mar 27 15:52:05 CEST 2012

SocialCom 2012 workshop on: Exploring Stances in Interactions:
Conceptual and Practical Issues in Social Signal Processing Research


To be held as part of the Fourth ASE/IEEE International Conference on
Social Computing (SocialCom 2012) Amsterdam (The Netherlands),
September 3-6, 2012. (http://www.asesite.org/conferences/socialcom/2012)

Goals and Topics

The ability to understand stances adopted by participants during
interactions is an important aspect of human social
intelligence. Stances can be seen as expressions of attitudes,
feelings, judgments, or evaluations concerning the propositional
content of a message, (i.e., statements, assertions, or verbal and
non-verbal behaviors which express judgments or opinions) that
sometimes have an affective component. One can say, for example, that
someone is in a calm, assertive or uncertain stance. They contrast
with personality traits and emotions, in that stances are rather
stable but not permanent states, they are adopted rather than
elicited, they are addressed to someone or something, and are
co-created by the participants during interaction. Furthermore, stance
expressions are multimodal in nature and can involve linguistic,
paralinguistic, facial and bodily behavior. Understanding stances
during interactions allows humans to have fluent and successful
conversations. One of the core aims of social signal processing (SSP)
is to carry this human skill over to machines.

Allowing machines such as embodied conversational agents (ECAs) to
have these human-like interactions with humans involves automatically
recognizing and synthesizing stance behavior. The recognition of a
user's stances during interaction will enable an ECA to identify how
the user's message is to be perceived and understood, and
consequently, how the interaction can be adapted to this
interpretation. The synthesis of an ECA's stances improves the
interaction in terms of, for example, the ECA's believability and the
atmosphere of the interaction.

Hence, this workshop concentrates on studies of multimodal expressions
of stances in both human-human and human-machine interaction, and on
the automatic processing of stances. We aim to bring together
researchers from various disciplines (e.g., phonetics, linguistics,
psychology, computer science) to foster multidisciplinary discussions
on stances in interaction.

We invite contributions on research related to (but by no means
limited to) the following topics:

- conceptual modeling of stance in interaction
- development of stance-rich corpora
- annotation of stance-related expressions
- linguistic, paralinguistic, facial and bodily cues of stance-taking
- automatic recognition of stance-related cues or behavior
- automatic generation of stance-related behavior
- co-creation (alignment) of stances in interaction

Important dates:

Deadline submission papers 28 May 2012
Notification of acceptance 2 July 2012
Camera ready paper 16 July 2012

Paper submission:

- Paper format follows the SocialCom 2012 guidelines for short papers
   (maximum of 6 pages, IEEE guidelines for conference proceedings,
   download the templates here:
- Papers (pdf format) should be submitted to:socialcom2012stance at gmail.com
   and will undergo peer review by at least 2 reviewers.
- Reviews will be based on full-paper submission.
- Papers will be presented as oral or poster depending on the reviews
   and the overall number of acceptable submissions.
- The workshop papers will be included in the proceedings of the main
   conference in a separate volume.

Program Committee:

Jens Allwood, University of Göteberg, Sweden
Elisabeth Ahlsén, University of Göteberg, Sweden
Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA
Roddie Cowie, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Hatice Gunes, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Eva Krumhuber, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
Gary McKeown, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Catherine Pelachaud, LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Isabella Poggi, Roma Tre University, Italy
Ken Prepin, CNRS LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Bjorn Schuller, Tech. University Munich, Germany

Workshop organisers:
Paul Brunet, Queen's University Belfast, UK
Marcela Charfuelan, DFKI, Germany
Magalie Ochs, CNRS LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, France
Khiet Truong, University of Twente, The Netherlands

socialcom2012stance at gmail.com

  Marcela Charfuelan, Researcher, DFKI GmbH
  Projektbuero Berlin, Alt-Moabit 91c, D-10559 Berlin, Germany
  Phone: +49 (0)30 23895-1821
  URL  : http://www.dfki.de/~charfuel/
  Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz GmbH
  Firmensitz: Trippstadter Strasse 122, D-67663 Kaiserslautern
  Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
  Dr. Walter Olthoff
  Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats:
  Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans A. Aukes
  Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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