Lecture “Social Computing” (WS19/20)

Affective Computing is an interdisciplinary research area that uses models of affect to recognize emotional expressions, simulate affect, and create emotional behavior.

This course gives an overview of theories of human emotion and how emotions, social values, cognitive processes, and bodily expressions are connected. Also, hardware and computational techniques for modeling human emotion processes as well as for recognizing and synthesizing emotional behavior are presented and discussed.
Further, we will discuss how to extend traditional HCI systems to create Social HCI systems. Master students will gain a strong background in the theory and practice of human-centered computing as it relates to games, immersive environments, and pedagogical applications.


Instructor: Patrick Gebhard (patrick.gebhard@dfki.de)

Tutor: Matthias Hock (s9mahock@stud. <insert rest of UdS domain>)

 

Lecture dates: Kick-Off October 17, each Thursday

Time: 10 am -12 am

Location: HS 003, E1 3

 

Tutorial/Exercise dates: from 11.11 – 7.2., t.b.a.  

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Location: t.b.a.

 

Grades: Exam + exercise


Current Objectives for Participants

Reading

Support Reading: Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing – Chapter 6

Preparation Reading: Psychology as a Science 


Course Outline

October 17Introduction and Overview

  • Course Organisation
  • What is Affect?
  • History and Current State
  • Typical Areas of Research

Introduction and Overview – Slides (PDF)

October 24Basic Models of Affect

  • Identify Affective Phenomena
  • Need for Theory
  • Basic Model of Affect

Basic Model of Affect – Slides (PDF)

Video for Lecture Experiment

Support Media: Interview Prof. Lisa Feldman Barrett about Emotions

Preparation Reading: Loewenstein, George, and Jennifer S. Lerner. The role of affect in decision making.

October 31: Emotion as Information

  • Appraisal Theory
  • Influence on Cognitive Processes
  • Rational vs. Emotional Decisions

Emotion as Information – Slides (PDF)

Support Reading: Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing – Chapter 5

Preparation Reading: Whiten, Andrew (Ed.) Natural Theories of Mind: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.

November 7: Theory of Mind, Advanced Definition of Emotions

  • Theory of Mind
  • Advanced Definition of Emotion
  • Regulation of Emotions

Theory of Mind, Advanced Definition of Emotion – Slides (PDF)

Support Reading: Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing – Chapter 6

Preparation Reading: Psychology as a Science 

November 14: Experimental Design, Methodology and Analysis

  • Step 1: From everyday life to hypotheses
  • Step 2: From hypotheses to an experiment design

Experimental Design, Methodology, and Analysis – Slides (PDF)

November 21: tba

 

November 28: Experimental Design, Methodology and Analysis

  • Step 3: From design to conducting the experiment
  • Step 4: From experiment to results