Recent Updates
11 Oct 2010: Location information added
8 Sep 2010: Preliminary program added
10 Jun 2010: Deadline extended to 17 Jun 2010
27 May 2010: Keynote speaker details added
24 May 2010: Journal special issue details added
A vital requirement for social robots, virtual agents, and human-centered multimedia interfaces is the ability to infer the affective and mental states of humans and provide appropriate, timely output during sustained social interactions. Examples include ensuring that the user is interested in maintaining the interaction or providing suitable empathic responses through the display of facial expressions, gestures, or generation of speech.

This workshop will cover real-time computational techniques for the recognition and interpretation of human multimodal verbal and non-verbal behaviour, models of mentalising and empathising for interaction, and multimedia techniques for synthesis of believable social behaviour supporting human-agent and human-robot interaction.

A key aim of the workshop is the identification and investigation of important open issues in real-time, affect-aware applications 'in the wild' and especially in embodied interaction, i.e. with robots and embodied conversational agents. Issues such as natural and multimodal interaction, estimation and adaption to context, context dependent processing and related databases, HCI/HRI beyond emotion (cognition, behaviour, etc.), and best practices for applications in real environments will be discussed in the context of interacting with other humans and social artefacts.

We welcome the participation of researchers from diverse fields, including signal processing and pattern recognition, machine learning, cognition, affective science, human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and robotics. We hope an interdisciplinary group will benefit from mutual osmosis of ideas, concepts and developments in the field.

The workshop especially welcomes studies that provide new insights into the use of multimodal and multimedia techniques for enabling interaction between humans, robots, and virtual agents in naturalistic settings. We also encourage the submission of work-in-progress papers including recent results providing novel and exciting contributions.

Accepted workshop papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

As a follow-up to the workshop, there will be a special issue on Affective Interaction in Natural Environments in the ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS). Participation in the AFFINE 2010 workshop should help interested authors to prepare strong journal-length submissions to this special issue; but the special issue will be open to all researchers worldwide who have done relevant work.

Workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:
This workshop follows the previous successful AFFINE workshops organised as satellite events of ICMI '08 and ICMI-MLMI '09, as well as a special session organised at WIAMIS '09. This is the first time the workshop has been held at ACM Multimedia. AFFINE has a track record for attracting researchers from the virtual agents, social robotics and affective computing communities and encourages interdisciplinarity - submissions from other domains are very welcome.
Important Dates
Submission Instructions
Please prepare your paper in accordance with the ACM Multimedia Full Paper Guidelines. Your paper may be either 4 or 6 pages in length, including references and figures.

Authors may submit a pdf version of their paper via the ACM Multimedia EDAS paper submission system. Please note: The review process is double-blind, so please be sure to remove any identifying information before uploading your submission (name, affiliation, tell-tale references, etc).

If you have any questions, please write to the organisers: affine2010 at googlemail dot com
The workshop will be held at the Plazzo dei Congressi, the same venue for the main conference. The room number is: Adua 2F Affari.
Preliminary Programme
Aside from the keynote, all presentations are 15 minutes each, and questions are in panel format at the end of each session with all authors in a group, in order to faciliate discussion.

Exact coffee break times to be determined

Organising Committee (alphabetical)
Program Committee (alphabetical)
Photo by Frank Kovalchek