Call for Participation
2018 AAAC/4TU.H&T/SIKS Winterschool on Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing, March 12th - March 16th 2018, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2018 AAAC 4TU.H&T Winterschool on Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing with the special theme "(Serious) Games and Training", to be held March 12th - March 16th, 2018 in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The venue is nicely located in a hotel in the Dutch dunes and close to the sea.
The goal for this winterschool is to educate PhD students and talented MSc students into the different aspects of affect and social signal processing, while at the same time providing an opportunity to meet and network with junior and senior researchers.
For the most recent news about the winterschool, please visit https://www.4tu.nl/ht/en/events/winter-school-2018/
What is it?
The character of the winterschool will be research challenge driven. To focus the week, we decided on the theme (Serious) Games and Training. The activities of the winterschool will include lectures, brainstorming around a research challenge, and practical group-based work focussed on making a rough solution for a challenge. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity to meet your international peers, and to mingle with junior and senior researchers. The following researchers have already confirmed to be present at the winterschool (more will follow):
- Dr. Merijn Bruijnes (University of Twente, NL)
- Dr. Gary McKeown (Queen's Belfast University, UK)
- Prof.dr. Mohamed Chetouani (ISIR-UPMC, FR)
- Prof.dr. Björn Schuller (University of Augsburg, DE)
- Dr. Jonathan Gratch (Institute for Creative Technologies, USA)
- Dr. Hayley Hung (Delft University of Technology, NL)
- Dr. Joost Broekens (Delft University of Technology, NL)
- Dr. Khiet Truong (University of Twente, NL)
- Prof. dr. Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, NL)
The winterschool starts Monday 11:00. Arrival on Monday is around 10:00 with coffee. The school ends Friday 15:00.
Tentative program for Monday:
11:00 Intro en introduction participants
13:00 Dirk Heylen on Signals
14:00 Gary McKeown on the nature of human communication
15:30 Interactive session / Application and research challenge (RC) clustering
16:30 Prepare plenary clustering and applications (staff)
17:00 Plenary presentation applications and RC clustering
17:15 Panel discussion around application and themes
The rest of the week will look similar with lectures and sessions to work on the research challenges.
We would like to ask you to prepare the following:
- Imagine an “emotional coping device”. A system that helps people to cope with their emotions. This could be a virtual agent-base training tool, or, a real-time device (pick one). The system should help a person cope with their emotions by analyzing the social signals a person emits, putting them into context, and expressing emotionally relevant signals for inducing coping into the person using the appropriate coping style. Your preparatory homework is to describe an instance of such a system in no more than 1/2 A4 (e.g., a system that helps a person to cope with stress, or anger, or teaches how to strategically use emotions in a negotiation) and list 3 major research challenges that need to be tackled as well as find 3 papers relevant for each challenge. Please prepare this before the workshop next week. There is no need to send it to us, but please bring it with you on paper (1 A4 in total!).
- Be prepared to give a very short 1 minute introduction of yourself at the workshop.
The winterschool is geared towards PhD students working on topics related to Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing. We also welcome MSc students who are in the process of finishing their MSc thesis. However, priority is given to PhD students. There are max. 30 places available. If the number of participants exceeds the number of places available, we will make a selection based on your CV, your motivation letter, whether you are a PhD or MSc student, and whether you are able to attend the school for the whole week or not.
How to participate?
To attend the winterschool, please prepare the following information (in ONE pdf):
- your CV (max. 1 page)
- a motivation letter (max. 1 page) including a short description of your PhD project.
Please name the pdf with your full name and send it to Joost Broekens (firstname.lastname@example.org), Khiet Truong (email@example.com), and Dirk Heylen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the topic [AC SSP School] in the email header (verbatim!).
DEADLINE: Sunday 11-Feb-2018
This winterschool is heavily sponsored by 4TU and SIKS. However, a small fee is asked covering the whole week:
- 150 euros if you are a SIKS or 4TU student (double room occupancy)
- 300 euros for all other students (double room occupancy)
- If you want a single room, you pay 100 euros extra (first come first serve).
After acceptance of your application, you will be provided with payment details.
This fee includes registration, accommodation (4 nights hotel arriving on Monday March 12th and leaving Friday March 15th), breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and all lectures, materials, etc..
Hotel-Restaurant De Witte Raaf
2204 AT Noordwijk
The 2018 AAAC/4TU.H&T/SIKS Winterschool on Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing is organised and supported by the AAAC Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (http://emotion-research.net/), the 4TU Center on Humans and Technology (https://www.4tu.nl/ht/en/) and SIKS Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems (http://www.siks.nl/). The main organizers are Dr. Joost Broekens (Delft University of Technology), Dr. Khiet Truong (University of Twente), and Prof.dr. Dirk Heylen (University of Twente).