Sloman was one of the first in the AI community to write about the role of emotion in computing (Sloman and Croucher 1981), and I value his insight into theories of emotional and intelligent systems. Alas, Sloman's review dwells largely on some details related to unknown features of human emotion; hence, I don't think the review captures the flavor of the book. However, he does raise interesting points, as well as potential misunderstandings, both of which I am grateful for the opportunity to comment on. Sloman writes that I "welcome emotion detectors in a wide range of contexts and relationships, for example, teacher and pupil." This might sound innocuous, but its presumption of the existence of emotion detectors is not.
Under the auspices of the Humaine Association (now called the Association for the Advancement of Affective Computing, AAAC), the ACII conference series has become an important international forum for research on affective human-machine interaction and intelligent affective systems. Affect is a phenomenon of substantial importance in most if not all of human activities. This ACII conference therefore strived to emphasize the humanistic side of affective computing by promoting research at the crossroads between engineering and human sciences, including biological, social, and cultural aspects of human life. This has been exemplified by conference topics as varied as computerized psychological emotional modeling; art and cinema studies; gaming; learning; depression, stress, and anxiety management; robots, avatars, and virtual worlds; social media analysis; pattern recognition, classification, and data mining; real-time and embedded affective systems; and others. All have in common affect and emotions, with an emphasis on a computational view of emotion.
Report on the 2013 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII 2013) Abstract The 2013 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII 2013)- was held in Geneva, Switzerland, September 2-5, 2013. The 2013 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference (ACII 2013)- was held in Geneva, Switzerland, September 2-5, 2013.