Affective computing: a reverence for a century of research

Egon van den Broek

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    To bring affective computing a leap forward, it is best to start with a step back. A century of research has been conducted on topics, which are crucial for affective computing. Understanding this vast amount of research will accelerate progress on affective computing. Therefore, this article provides an overview of the history of affective computing. The complexity of affect will be described by discussing i) the relation between body and mind, ii) cognitive processes (i.e., attention, memory, and decision making), and iii) affective computing’s I/O. Subsequently, definitions are provided of affect and related constructs (i.e., emotion, mood, interpersonal stances, attitude, and personality traits) and of affective computing. Perhaps when these elements are embraced by the community of affective computing, it will us a step closer in bridging its semantic gap.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationCognitive Behavioural Systems
    EditorsAnna Esposito, Antonietta M. Esposito, Alessandro Vinciarelli, Rüdiger Hoffmann, Vincent C. Müller
    Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-34583-8
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
    EventCOST 2102 International Training School on Cognitive Behavioural Systems - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 21 Feb 201126 Feb 2011

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    OtherCOST 2102 International Training School on Cognitive Behavioural Systems
    OtherFebruary 21-26, 2011


    • HMI-CI: Computational Intelligence
    • METIS-296387
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EWI-23237
    • semantic gap
    • Emotion
    • Complexity
    • Definitions
    • History
    • Affect
    • Affective Computing
    • IR-85828
    • BioSignals
    • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology

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