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News 2022

Somehow the 2022 news got lost. So here’s the summary: We offered the lectureSocial Computing in the fall. Manuel Angelt and Mina Ameli joined out team to support us with their expertise. Philipp Müller and the ACG offered the seminar “Machine Learning for Social Signal Processing“. 

News 2021

August 1st: We are very happy to welcome Lara Chehayeb and Chirag Bhuvaneshwara to the Affective Computing Group. Both are PhD candidates and  support ACG with their expertise.

July: ACG goes the next step in the area of sign language interpretation by investigating body movements with state of the art technology with the special focus on bodily and facial emotional expression. This is relevant for the projects AVASAG, EASIER, and SocialWear.

March 15th: We organize the Func-E: Functions of Emotions für Socially Interactive Agents Workshop at the ACII 2021 conference.

March 10th: Please consider to contribute to the ACM Multimedia Grand Challenge MultiMediate: Multi-modal Group Behaviour Analysis for Artificial Mediation, which we co-organize.

February 15th: We are very happy to welcome Ann-Kristin Thurner to the Affective Computing Group. Ann-Kristin is an experienced Psychotherapist coming back to DFKI to support ACG with modelling the behaviour of empathic Agents and expert evaluations.

February 3rd: We are happy to announce that we will have another round of the seminar “How to Build a Social Computer?” in summer 2021. There will be place for 9 computer science students and 9 psychology students. The kick-off meeting will be on April 13th 2021. Psychology students have the usual process for getting into seminars by registering in LSF. Computer science students that want to participate please register on the sic seminar page.  

January 1st: We are excited to start the new year with great partners in the project “easier”. It is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme (Grant Agreement number 101016982). Check out the project website here

News 2020

May 1st: The AVASAG project (BMBF-funded, 2020-2023) starts. In AVASAG, an interdisciplinary team investigates a real-time controlled 3D sign language avatar for the automatic translation of German texts into sign language. The project aims to create a qualitatively realistic representation of a 3D sign language avatar that will enable digital and barrier-free communication, thus providing added value for deaf people who can better participate in the digital society. AVASAG offers companies the opportunity to generate content automatically and dynamically, thus optimizing interaction and communication on digital channels.

March 4th: Check news on our interdisciplinary seminar “How to build a Social Computer”, which will start at April 7th. Check the general requirements!

Februar 12th: For the summer term 2020 (SS20) we are offering the seminar “How to Build a Social Computer?”. There will be place for 9 computer science students and 9 psychology students. The kick-off meeting will be on April 7th 2020. Psychology students have the usual process for getting into seminars by registering in LSF. Computer science students that want to participate are supposed to come to the kick-off meeting. If the interest if higher than the capacity, the lot has to decide. Students that successfully passed the Social Computing Lecture in WS19/20 will have priority. 

Februar 3rd: We welcome Dimitra Tsovaltzi as a new member of our group. She is researching socio-cognitive and emotional interactions for learning, argumentation, and conflict resolution.

January 1st: EU project MindBot (2020-2022, 3 years) starts. The project aims at identifying methods and implementing solutions for promoting good mental health in the emerging industry 4.0 within the specific context of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that adopt collaborative robots (cobots) in their production lines. MindBot’s idea is to design workplaces where the level of challenge and difficulty of job tasks are matched with the workers’ abilities and skills, to support motivation and engagement of workers interacting with cobots in a flexible and personalized way. 

January 1st: We welcome Fabrizio Nunnari as a new member of our group. He is researching procedural animation and automatic generation of virtual characters and their employment for sign language synthesis.

News 2019

September 3-6: Presenting study results on the elicitation of shame and on human obedience at the International Conference on Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction (ACII). If you are interested in social emotions and social agents, consider attending the workshop on social emotions – theories and models.

August: Find out about the latest blog post on InMind written by Tanja Schneeberger and Janet Wessler about virtual therapists. 

July 2-5: Presenting study results how the wall color and how the interrupt handling time can impact the social perception of IVAs, as well as a concept of a burn-out out-patient reintegration agent (cf. project EmmA) at the ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA).

March 16-20: Check out our Parley demo at the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI).

April 11: We are welcoming Paul Mc Kevitt as a guest in our group for a two day research discussion with Jürgen Trouvain about digital empathy.

February 18: We proudly introduce the Affective Computing Think Along Box with the great topic “Are emotions hardwired?” created by the group member Lydia Rupp. Enjoy reading!

Winter: Check the projects of our latest interdisciplinary (Psychology, Computer Science) seminar “How to build a Social Computer”.

Fall 2018: DEEP workshop at the chair of Prof. Elisabeth André in Augsburg with experts in Psychology, Prof. Dr. Eva Bänninger-Huber and Prof. Dr. Svenja Taubner.

Fall 2018: EmmA project kick-off at Charamel in Köln.