BEhavINg coGnitive Systems: Believable, Autonomous, Adaptive, Context Aware (BEINGS) Track


Anna Esposito, Università della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy.
Maria Inés Torres, Universidad País Vasco UPV/EHU, Spain
Zoraida Callejas Carrión, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Antonietta M. Esposito, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sez. di Napoli, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Italy.
Gennaro Cordasco, Università della Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
Sergio Escalera, Universitat de Barcelona and Computer Vision Center, Spain
Carl Vogel, Trinity College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Ireland


A user-centered human machine interaction 

The integration of cognitive theories, knowledge representation models and algorithms in a computational framework will enable rich models of human-machine interaction, and the development of novel machine learning techniques for the analysis of socially situated multimodal human communication streams. The successful analysis, modelling, and understanding of context effects on social interactions will be of high relevance for ICT applications where human-machine communication is particularly emphasized.
In order to enable the development of computational paradigms for implementing  socially believable, emotionally adaptive, and  context-aware systems (BEINGS) able to enhance quality of life in society, expertise in different yet complementary scientific fields must be accounted for. A holistic scientific approach, cross-cultural collaborations and exchanges are required. To this aim, this track is promoting contributions across a spectrum of disciplines reporting on  experimental data , theories, and mathematical models of dynamics of signal exchanges (in terms of shared meanings, emotional states, cultural differences, and cognitive processes of cooperation, and decision making). The ultimate goal is to equip machines with human level automaton intelligence.

The topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Cross-cultural processing of social signals
  • Linguistic and social interactional exchanges
  • Social Robotics: analysis and applications
  • Human behaviour: Analysis and understanding
  • Linguistic sentiment analysis
  • Changes in sentiment expressions
  • Cognitive Economy
  • Group behaviour, group cognition and cultural specificity
  • Influence of context on perception, memory and decision making
  • Cognitive systems for multimodal signal analysis
  • Nonlinear processing of audio-video social signals
  • Multimodal social signal processing
  • New datasets and forms of data that can push the research in the field
  • Predictive bias analysis
  • Adaptation and adaptive algorithms
  • Emotions: analyses, detection, recognition
  • Assistive technologies and user’s acceptance
  • Age, gender, and personality traits’ effects

Important Dates

Special Track paper submission deadline

January 20, 2020 (*extended firm deadline*)

Notification of acceptance:

February 15, 2020

Camera-ready copy due:

June 30, 2020 ***Postponed Deadline***

Potential TPC Members:

  • Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Ailbhe Ni Chasaide, Trinity College DublinUniversity of Dublin, IE
  • Felix Schaeffler, Queen Margaret University College, U.K.
  • Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, University of Lodz, Pozan, PL
  • Saturnino Luz, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Maria Koutsombogera, Trinity College Dublin, IE
  • Mike McTear, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK
  • Francesca Bonin, IBM Research Dublin, IE
  • David Sztaho, Budapest Institute of Technology and Economics, HU
  • Costanza Navarretta,  University of Copenhagen, DN
  • David Griol, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, ES
  • Volha Petukhova, Saarland University, DE
  • Heriberto Cuayahuitl, University of Lincon, UK
  • Roger K Moore, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Jane Zheng, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK
  • Rytis Maskeliunas, University of Vilnius, LT
  • Milan Gnjatovic,  University of Novi Sad, SE
  • Ingo Siegert, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
  • Giuseppe Riccardi, University of Trento, IT
  • Neil Glackin, Intelligent Voice LTD, London, UK,
  • Ronald Boeck, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
  • Raymond Bond, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK
  • Wolfgang Minker, Ulm University, GDE
  • Stephan Schlögl, MCI Insbruck, AU
  • Eduardo Lleida, Universidad de Zaragoza, ES
  • Rubén San Segundo, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES
  • Maurice Mulvenna, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, UK
  • Hiroyuki Umemuro, Tokyo Institute of Technology, JP
  • Tatsuya Kawahara, University of Kyoto, JP
  • Masahiro Araki, Kyoto Institute of Technology, JP
  • Kentaro Watanabe, AIST, JP
  • Carlos Busso, The University of Texas at Dallas , USA
  • Engin Erzin, Koç, University, Turkey
  • Fabien Ringeval, University of Grenoble, FR,
  • Nicholas Cummins, University of Augsburg, DE
  • Zixing Zhang, Imperial College, UK
  • Marilyn Walker, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Laurence Devillers, Université Paris-Sorbonne, FR
  • Chloé Clavel, Télécom-ParisTech, FR
  • Dirk Heylen,  University of Twente, NL
  • Khiet Truong, University of Twente, NL
  • Emily Mower-Provost, University of Michigan,  USA


EMPATHIC: Empathic, Expressive, Advanced Virtual Coach, http://www.empathic-project.eu/

MENHIR: Mental Health Monitoring through Interactive Conversations, http://menhir-project.eu/

SIROBOTICS: SocIal ROBOTics for active and healthy ageing, MIUR, Italy, PNR 2015-2020, DD: 1735, 13/07/2017