We are happy to announce two keynote speakers: Dr. Hatice Gunes (University of Cambridge, UK) and Dr. Marc Hassenzahl (University of Siegen, DE).

As stimulus talk speakers, we have confirmed Prof.dr. Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, NL), Dr.-Ing. Anna Pohlmeyer (Delft University of Technology, NL), Dr. Joost Broekens (Delft University of Technology, NL), and Dr.ir. Karin Smolders (Eindhoven University of Technology).

Keynote speakers

Dr. Hatice Gunes

Title: Computational Analysis of Affect and Personality: From Empathic Architecture to Empathic Robots?

Abstract: Computing that is sensitive to affective and social phenomena aims to equip devices and interfaces with the means to interpret, understand, and respond to human personality, affect, moods and intentions – similarly to how humans rely on their senses to assess each other’s affective and social behaviour. This talk will focus on automatic recognition of affect and perceived personality, and will present an overview of the recent research works my team has conducted in these areas in the context of human-human-robot interactions.


Bio: Hatice Gunes (https://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~hg410/) is an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in the Computer Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Cambridge, UK. Prior to that she led the Affective and Human Computing Lab at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Her research expertise is in the areas of affective computing and social signal processing, with a specific focus on automatic analysis and understanding of human nonverbal behaviour, expressions, emotions, personality and aesthetic canons for computer/robot mediated human-human interactions and human-robot interactions. These topics lie at the crossroad of multiple disciplines including computer vision, signal processing, and machine learning. She has published over 90 papers in these areas (Google scholar citations > 2600, H-index=23) and received a number of awards (Outstanding Paper Award at IEEE FG’11, Best Demo Award at IEEE ACII’09, and Best Paper Award at VisHCI’06) for pushing the state of the art to real-time, dimensional and continuous prediction and recognition of facial and bodily affect, and personality. Under EPSRC MAPTRAITS Project (2013-2014) she proposed a new conceptual framework for analysing perceived personality in real-time. Her recent work focuses on Digital Personhood through the EPSRC Humans and Robots in Public Spaces Project (2013-2017 – £2M) that aims to produce greater social integration of robots in public spaces, and to increase access to public spaces in robot proxy forms. She is also a Co-I in an industry-led £562k project funded by Innovate UK (2016 – 2018) that aims to enhance user experience in retail by sensing people’s expressions of emotions. Dr Gunes is the General Co-Chair of ACII 2019, the Program Co-Chair of IEEE FG 2017 and the President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing (AAAC). She is the Chair of the Steering Board of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and serves on the Executive Committee and the Management Board of AAAC She is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and Image and Vision Computing Journal, and has edited Special Issues in International Journal of Synthetic Emotions, Image and Vision Computing, ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems and Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Dr Gunes is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the ACM.

Dr. Marc Hassenzahl

Title: Form follows function

Abstract: Everyday enjoyable and meaningful experiences are at the heart of psychological wellbeing. These experiences result from engaging in activities mediated by all sorts of technologies – from smartphones to cars and ovens. We stay close to our families, explore new places or cook dinner with friends. While we often think of technologies as neutral and rather passive “tools”, in fact they are not. On the contrary, they are actively shaping our experiences. Consequently, technology should be deliberately designed with wellbeing in mind. Its functionality, interaction and “form” should follow the enjoyable experiences, they aim to create.


Bio: Dr. Marc Hassenzahl (www.experienceandinteraction.com) is professor for “Ubiquitous Design / Experience and Interaction” at the University of Siegen, Germany. He combines his training in psychology with a love for interaction design. With his group of designers and psychologists, he explores the theory and practice of designing pleasurable and transforming interactive technologies. Marc is author of “Experience Design. Technology for all the right reasons” and many peer-reviewed papers at the seams of psychology, design research and interaction/industrial design.

Stimulus talk speakers

Prof.dr. Dirk Heylen

Bio: Dirk Heylen is Professor Socially Intelligent Computing. His research interests cover dirk_heylenboth the machine analysis of human (conversational) behaviour and the generation of human-like (conversational) behaviour by virtual agents and robots. He is especially interested in the nonverbal and paraverbal aspects of dialogue and what these signals reveal about the mental state (cognitive, affective, social). These topics are explored both from a computational perspective and as basic research in the humanities, reflecting his training as a computational linguist.

Dr.-Ing. Anna Pohlmeyerannapohlmeyer

Bio: Anna E. Pohlmeyer is assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, and co-director of the Delft Institute of Positive Design. With a background in psychology, engineering, and design, her research focuses on experience design and design-mediated subjective wellbeing.

Dr. Joost Broekens


Bio: Joost Broekens received a MSc degree in Computer Science at the University of Delft, The Netherlands, in 2001. In 2007 he received his PhD in computer science at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in the area of computational modeling of emotion in relation to learning processes. He has published in the area of computational models of emotion (ranging from theoretical approaches to more applied ones), developed master-level courses and course material on the topic, and has given several invited lectures as well as less formal talks for the larger public related to Affective Computing. His most recent interests include reinforcement learning, affective computing, human-robot and human-computer interaction, and gaming research.

Dr.ir. Karin SmoldersTUe_IS_K_Smolders_8280_B

Bio: Karin C. H. J. Smolders works as assistant professor at the Human-Technology group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She has a MSc in Human-Technology interaction and received her PhD in Lighting research and Environmental p
sychology in 2013. After her PhD project, Karin worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Chronobiology group in Groningen (RuG) and as lecturer at the Human-Technology Interaction group and ILI in Eindhoven (TU/e).
In current and past work, she investigates the effect of light and time on alertness, vitality, and performance in everyday life situations. In addition, she explores inter- and intra-individual differences in sensitivity to lighting effects and preferences for light settings.