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The ability to perceive, understand and respond to social interaction in a human-like manner is one of the most desired skills for artificial agents. These sets of skills are highly complex and dependent on several different research fields, including affective understanding. An agent that can recognize, understand and, most importantly, adapt to different affective reactions from humans can increase its social capabilities by being able to interact and communicate naturally.

This workshop is scheduled to have a half-day format. It will hold presentations from well-known researchers in the field of affective computing and a call for contribution papers. As this will be the first time of the ICDL-Epirob in South America, we will take advantage of this unique opportunity to integrate the affective computing community with local researchers. In this regard, we invited speakers from different institutions and with complementary expertise. Each speaker will present a 30 minutes talk including 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience.

Invited Speakers

To be announced.

Call for contributions

Prospective participants in the workshop are required to submit a contribution as:

- Extended abstract (max 2 pages)
- Short paper (max 4 pages)

Submissions must be in PDF following the IEEE conference style in two-columns. Send your PDF manuscript indicating [WASP ICDL 2020] in the subject to:

pablo.alvesdebarros [at] iit.it

The papers will be peer-reviewed by experts from all over the world. 

To encourage the integration with the local affective computing communities, we will allow student papers to be submitted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

Each accepted paper will be presented as a poster in our poster session and as a 2 minutes spot-talk. To guarantee the easy dissemination of the workshop, all the spot-talk presentations will be held in English. 


Interested Topics:

The primary covered topics are (but not limited to):

  • Affective perception and learning
  • Affective modulation and decision making
  • Developmental perspectives of shared perception
  • Machine learning for shared perception
  • Bio-inspired approaches for affective shared perception
  • Affective processing for embodied and cognitive robots
  • Multisensory modeling for conflict resolution in shared perception
  • New psychological findings on shared perception
  • Assistive aspects and applications of shared affective perception


Important dates:

Paper submission deadline: TBA
Notification of acceptance: TBA
Camera-ready version: TBA
Workshop: September 7th, 2020



Pablo Barros


Pablo received his BSc in Information Systems from the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco and his MSc in Computer Engineering from the Universidade de Pernambuco, both in Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Universität Hamburg, Germany, and currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy. His main research interests include deep learning and neurocognitive systems for emotional perception and representation, affect-based human-robot interaction and its application on social robots. He has been a guest editor of the journals "IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing", "Frontiers on Neurorobotics" and "Elsevier Cognitive Systems Research". He took part in the proposition and organization committee, as publication chair, of the Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics 2020.

Alessandra Sciutti 

Alessandra is the head of the COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies (CONTACT) unit. In 2018 she has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant wHiSPER, focused on the investigation of joint perception between humans and robots. She published more than 60 papers and abstracts and participated in the coordination of the CODEFROR European IRSES project. She is an Associate Editor of Robots and Autonomous Systems, Cognitive Systems Research and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics and she has served as a member of the Program Committee for the International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction and IEEE International conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics.  The scientific aim of her research is to investigate the sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding in human-human and human-robot interaction.

The workshop is organized in the framework of the Starting Grant wHiSPER (G.A. No 804388) funded by the  European  Research  Council  (ERC)  under the  European Union’s  Horizon  2020  research and innovation programme.

ERC Starting Grant
Principal Investigator: Alessandra Sciutti
Period: 3/2019- 2/2024. G.A: 804388

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