Workshop Program - ESSEM 2015

Venue: Istanbul Congress Center (see the AAMAS booklet)
Room: B3.85

Full papers: each presentation should be no longer than 25 minutes; at least 5 minutes are for questions and discussion.
Short papers: each presentation should be no longer than 15 minutes; at least 5 minutes are for questions and discussion.

8,30 – 8,50: Registration
8,50 - 9,00: Welcome and Introduction

9,00 – 10,00: Invited Talk

Ana Paiva (INESC-ID, Portugal)
Agents and Robots that can listen to the user’s heart
Abstract: Empathy is often seen as the capacity to perceive, understand and experience others’ emotions. This notion is often seen as one of the major elements in social interactions between humans.  As such, when creating social agents that are believable and able to engage with users in social interactions, empathy needs to be addressed. For the past few years, many researchers have been looking at this problem, not only in trying to find ways to perceive the user’s emotions, but also to adapt to them, and react in an empathic way. This talk will provide an overview of this new challenging area of research, by analyzing empathy in the social relations established between humans and social agents (virtual and robotic).

10,00 – 10,30: Session 1. Chair: Rossana Damiano

10,00: Alexander Pankov and Mehdi Dastani
Towards a Formal Specification of Moral Emotions

10,30 – 11,00: Coffee break

11,00 – 12,30: Session 2. Chair: Mehdi Dastani

11,00: Berardina Nadja De Carolis, Stefano Ferilli, Giuseppe Palestra and Valeria Carofiglio
Towards an Empathic Social Robot for Ambient Assisted Living

11,30: Cristiano Castelfranchi
Felt Emotions

11,50: Bexy Alfonso, Emilio Vivancos and Vicente Botti
Towards a Formal Modeling of Affective Agents in a BDI Architecture

12,10: Vincenzo Lombardo, Rossana Damiano, Cristina Battaglino and Antonio Pizzo
Rule based appraisal of emotions in drama

12,30 – 14: Lunch break

14,00 – 15,00: Session 3. Chair: Cristina Bosco

14,00: Bartosz Ziembiński
Social Mood Revealed

14,30: Maurizio Leotta, Silvio Beux, Viviana Mascardi and Daniela Briola
My MOoD, a Multimedia and Multilingual Ontology Driven MAS: Design and First Experiments in the Sentiment Analysis Domain

15,00 - 16,00: Invited Talk

Gülşen Eryiğit (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)
Parsing Web2.0 Language and Sentiment Analysis: The case of Turkish
Abstract: With the increasing number of people using micro blogging sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Foursquare or Google+), social media data became a highly attractive source for machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) research employed in many high-tier applications including social network analysis, information extraction, web mining, opinion mining and brand monitoring. The language used in social media differs severely from formally written texts, in that people do not feel forced to write grammatically correct words or sentences. In this talk, we are going to present our current research on Parsing Web2.0 Language and Sentiment Analysis for a morphologically very complex language: Turkish.

16 – 16,30: Coffee break

16,30 – 17,30: Session 4. Chair: Viviana Patti

16,30 Emilio Sulis, Mirko Lai, Manuela Vinai and Manuela Sanguinetti
Exploring Sentiment in Social Media and Official Statistics: a General Framework

16,50: Antonio Candelieri and Francesco Archetti
Detecting events and sentiment on Twitter for improving Urban Mobility: the Italian project TAM-TAM

17,10: Francesca D'Errico, Isabella Poggi and Rocco Corriero
When minorities' group discussions in social media become a resilient strategy

17,30 – 18,30 Panel and Closing

Panelists: Catherine Pelachaud (panel chair, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech, France), Chloé Clavel(Telecom-ParisTech, France), Emiliano Lorini (IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France), Munindar P. Singh (North Carolina State University, USA), Gualtiero Volpe (University of Genova, Italy)

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Important Dates

  • Submission deadline:
    (moved to) February 20, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance:
    March 10th, 2015
  • Early registration:
    March 20, 2015
  • Workshop Date:
    May 5, 2015

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Previous ESSEM workshop:

ESSEM@AI*IA2013, Turin, Italy