CFP – 2nd Workshop on Affective Brain-Computer Interfaces (aBCI)

Workshop at ACII 2011

The second workshop on affective brain-computer interfaces will explore the advantages and limitations of using neuro-physiological signals as a modality for the automatic recognition of affective and cognitive states, and the possibilities of using this information about the user state in innovative and adaptive applications. The goal is to bring researchers from the communities of brain computer interfacing, affective computing, neuro-ergonomics, affective and cognitive neuroscience together to present state-of-the-art progress and visions on the various overlaps between those disciplines.

Recent research in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) shows that brain activity can be used as an active/voluntary, or passive/involuntary control modality in man-machine interaction. While active BCI paradigms have received a lot of attention in recent years, research on passive approaches to BCI still desperately needs concerted activity. However, it has been shown more than once that brain activations can carry information about the affective and cognitive state of a subject, and that the interaction between humans and machines can be aided by the recognition of those user states. To achieve robust passive BCIs, efforts from applied and basic sciences have to be combined. On the one hand, applied fields such as affective computing aim at the development of applications that adapt to changes in the user states and thereby enrich the interaction, leading to a more natural and effective usability. On the other hand, basic research in neuroscience advances our understanding of the neural processes associated with emotions. Furthermore, similar advancements are being made for more cognitive mental states, for example, attention, fatigue, and work load, which strongly interact with affective states.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: –

  • emotion elicitation and data collection for affective BCI
  • detection of affective and cognitive states with BCI and other modalities
  • adaptive interfaces and affective BCI

Invited Talk

  • ‘Brain Dynamics of Affective Engagement’ by Scott Makeig, SCCN, University of California at San Diego, USA

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 4th International conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII2011) at the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, TN.

Submission Instructions

  • The papers should feature original empirical work, theoretical work, or a well defendable but arguable position of the authors (i.e., not submitted, in submission, or submitted to another conference or journal while in review).
  • Papers will be published in the proceedings of ACII 2011 by Springer.
  • Papers should not exceed 10 pages and should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines
  • Papers must be submitted as PDF through the EasyChair conference system, which can be accessed through the workshop web site and the ACII conference website.
  • For further information, contact [email protected]

Important Dates

  • 15th of June:    Workshop papers due
  • 1st   of July:   Notification of Acceptance
  • 18th of July:    Camera-ready papers due
  • 9th of October:  Workshop

Programme Chairs

  • Anton Nijholt, Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
  • Brendan Allison, TU Graz, Austria
  • Stephen Dunne, Starlab Barcelona, Spain
  • Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Local Organizer:

  • Christian Mühl, University of Twente, The Netherlands

Programme Committee

  • Egon L. van den Broek, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Peter Desain, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Jan B.F. van Erp, TNO Human Factors, Soesterberg, The Netherlands
  • Stephen Fairclough, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  • Gary Garcia Molina, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Audrey Girouard, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • Jonghwa Kim, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Brent Lance, Army Research Laboratory/TNB, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA
  • Robert Leeb, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Scott Makeig, University of California at San Diego, USA
  • Femke Nijboer, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Ioannis Patras, Queen Mary University, London, UK
  • Thierry Pun, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tanja Schultz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Olga Sourina, NanYang Technological University, Singapore
  • Thomas J. Sullivan, NeuroSky, San Jose, USA
  • Thorsten Zander, Graz University of Technology, Austria

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