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ESSEM 2013 : International Workshop on Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media: approaches and perspectives from AI


When Dec 3, 2013 - Dec 3, 2013
Where Turin, Italy
Submission Deadline Sep 25, 2013
Notification Due Oct 21, 2013
Final Version Due Nov 4, 2013
Categories    NLP   information retrieval

Call For Papers

----------------CALL FOR PAPERS----------------

ESSEM 2013
International Workshop on
Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media:
approaches and perspectives from AI

Turin, Italy, December 3rd, 2013

Workshop website:
Submission deadline: September 25th, 2013

Workshop of AI*IA 2013, 25th Year Anniversary, Turin, Italy
XIII Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence


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Social and expressive media can represent a challenge and a push forward for research on
emotion and sentiment in AI.
Although sentiment analysis and emotion detection have been trending topics since a
while, not enough emphasis has been placed so far on social and expressive media. The
latter, in particular, play a key role in applicative fields related to creativity, its
expressions and outcomes, such as figurative arts, music or drama. In such fields, the
advent of digital social media has brought about new paradigms of interactions that
foster first-person engagement and crowdsourcing content creation: the subjective and
expressive dimensions move to the foreground, opening the way to the emergence of an
affective component within a dynamic corpus of contents - created or enriched by users.
This calls for delving into the evolution of approaches, techniques and tools for
modeling and analyzing emotion and sentiment.

The workshop aims at bridging between the communities of AI researchers working in the
field of affective computing under different perspectives. Such perspectives include, on
the one hand, research on models and techniques for sentiment analysis and opinion mining
on linguistic corpora and unstructured data from social web; on the other hand, research
on formal and cognitive models in intelligent agents and multi-agent systems. The latter,
in particular, is concerned with the integration of emotional states into agents and with
the role of emotions in agent communication, with the possible goal of defining
sophisticated emotion-aware coordination and negotiation strategies.
Cross-fertilization between different but related communities will be precious in order
to face the challenges raised by the social and expressive media, such as:

- investigating advanced social aspects of emotions, i.e. regulative or ethic issues
related to emotions in virtual agents;
- extracting concept-level sentiment conveyed by social media texts by relying on
structured knowledge of affective information, i.e. affective categorization models
expressed by ontologies, better still if psychologically motivated and encoded in the
semantic web standards;
- cross-validation between sentiment-based approaches and cognitive models;
- fostering the interoperability and integration of tools by encouraging compliance with
emerging standards (e.g., Emotion Markup Language).


ESSEM aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners both from academy and
industry. The workshop wants to take an active part in growing a new field in terms of
multi-disciplinary research and identifying and investigating open issues by
cross-validating different approaches in emotion research from the AI community.
Therefore, we encourage the submission of research papers from different areas such as
natural language processing, semantic web, intelligent agents and multi/agent systems,
affective computing, and others.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- social media corpora and annotations for subjectivity, emotion & sentiment
- subjectivity, sentiment and emotion detection in social & expressive media
- concept-level sentiment analysis
- biologically inspired opinion mining
- emotion modeling and ontologies of emotions
- knowledge representation and reasoning about emotions
- semantic web technologies for subjectivity & sentiment analysis
- emotions in virtual agents and multi-agent systems
- social simulation and emotions in cooperative MAS environments
- emotions in face to face interactions
- emotions in multimedia and multimodal systems
- emotions in sounds and music computing
- emotions in interactive entertainment (drama, games, etc.)
- emotions in storytelling
- aesthetic perception monitoring in museums (e.g. via wearable sensors)
- emotions in cultural heritage access
- sentiment summarization & visualization
- applications of sentiment analysis on social & expressive media


We propose a special focus for ESSEM 2013: emotions and sentiment in fields related to
creativity, its expressions and its outcomes, i.e. figurative arts, music, drama,
entertainment, etc. Artistic creation and performance seems to be a very interesting
testbed for cross-validating and possibly integrating approaches, models and tools for
automatically analyzing and generating emotion and sentiment. In fact, in such context
the social and subjective dimension naturally emerges, think for instance to feedback by
visitors of a real or virtual art exhibition, or to the audience-oeuvre (or
audience-performance) interaction. Moreover, expressive features of the artistic
performance can provide an interesting case study for evaluating systems for automatic
generation of emotional behaviors. Our final goal is to encourage the research community
to develop models and tools to bring innovation in several application fields
(edutainment, healthcare, cultural heritage etc.), in order to give, in the next future,
an essential contribution to the development of an inclusive and innovative society.

On this line, we encourage the submission of research papers investigating aspects of
emotion and sentiment in fields related to creativity and expressive media. Moreover, we
welcome the submission of artworks, where affective computing is recognized to play a key
role in the generation of artistic contents or in the implementation of new forms of
interaction to engage the user/audience. A specific call for artworks and guidelines
about the submission of artworks will be announced soon and published on the ESSEM
Workshop website.


- September 15th, 2013: Paper submission deadline
- October 15th, 2013: Notification of acceptance
- October, 31st, 2013: Early registration
- November 4th, 2013: Final manuscripts due
- December 3rd, 2013: Workshop date


All papers must represent original and unpublished work that is not currently under
review. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical
content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop. We welcome the following types of

- Full research papers (up to 8-12 pages)
- Short research papers (up to 4-6 pages)
- Demo (system demonstrations) papers (up to 4 pages)
- Position statements (up to 2-4 pages)

All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the
information for LNCS Authors:

Please submit your contributions electronically in PDF format to EasyChair:


Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings published on-line by CEUR
Workshop Proceedings (, with ISSN.

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop to present
the paper and should then register to the conference with a workshop fee.

The workshop might be followed by a special issue on an ISI journal (details to be


We are pleased to announce that Carlo Strapparava (FBK) will give an invited talk at
ESSEM 2013.


Cristina Bosco, University of Torino, Italy
Erik Cambria, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Rossana Damiano, University of Torino, Italy
Viviana Patti, University of Torino, Italy
Paolo Rosso, Technical University of Valencia, Spain


Cristina Battaglino, University of Torino, Italy


Alexandra Balahur, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy
Cristina Battaglino, University of Torino, Italy
Andrea Bolioli, CELI, Italy
Antonio Camurri, University of Genova, Italy
Paula Carvalho, INESC-ID & ISLA Campus Lisboa, Portugal
Marc Cavazza, Teesside University, UK
Mário J. Gaspar da Silva, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
Dipankar Das, Jadavpur University, India
Mehdi Dastani, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Andrea Esuli, ISTI-CNR Pisa, Italy
Giancarlo Fortino, University of Calabria, Italy
Virginia Francisco, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Marco Grassi, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy
Nicola Henze, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
Anup Kalia, North Carolina State University, Releigh, USA
Iolanda Leite, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Emiliano Lorini, IRIT-CNRS, Toulouse, France
Viviana Mascardi, University of Genova, Italy
Alessandro Moschitti,University of Trento, Italy
Roberto Paredes, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS - LTCI, France
Paolo Petta, Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria
Antonio Pizzo, University of Torino, Italy
Daniele Radicioni, University of Torino, Italy
Francisco Rangel, Autoritas Consulting, Spain
Antonio Reyes, Lab. Tecnologias Linguisticas, ISIT, Mexico
Bjoern Schuller, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Giovanni Semeraro, University of Bari, Italy
Michael Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Andrea Valle, University of Torino, Italy
Enrico Zovato, Nuance Communications, Italy


The ESSEM 2013 workshop is under the auspices of:

- Associazione Informatica Musicale Italiana (AIMI):
- WIQ-EI - Web Information Quality Evaluation Initiative


If you have any questions regarding the workshop please send us an e-mail to:

Workshop web site:

The CFP has been also published on the web site:


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