Emotional and Intelligent II:
The Tangled Knot of Social Cognition


American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

2001 Fall Symposium Series

Sea Crest Convention Center, North Falmouth, MA, November 2-4, 2001

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The question is not whether intelligent machines can have emotions, but whether machines can be intelligent without any emotions.

Minsky, The Society of Mind

Symposium Description

According to some theories, emotions come into play as soon as we consider individuals in interaction with their social environment. For some researchers, emotions are at the very heart of what being social means. In the last years, the AI community has echoed the importance of emotions in social interactions in a growing number of applications: expressive and social robots, animated and storytelling characters with "feelings", expressive interfaces, systems for human-computer emotional interaction, etc. This symposium proposes a multi-disciplinary framework where researchers can exchange ideas and reflect on the motivations, scientific grounds, and practical consequences of these efforts.

The symposium investigates the role of emotions in grounding inter-personal behaviors and social cognition, from the perspective of both, the individual and the collectivity. The main focus is on natural and artificial agents (in all sorts of embodiments) in social environments, and on the possibilities for cross-fertilization between research in artificial emotions and studies of emotions in animals and humans. Contributions on emotions in individual agents are also welcomed, but authors should state how their work is relevant from the perspective of social interactions and cognition.

Issues to be discussed at the symposium include:

Interaction among participants will be fostered, and ample time will be devoted to discussion. Presentations will be short and organized around particular topics. Poster sessions will allow for more detailed and technical discussions. Researchers from fields other than AI (e.g., arts, biology, ethology, humanities, neurosciences, philosophy, psychology, social sciences) are encouraged to participate.

Organizing Committee

Lola D. Cañamero (Chair), University of Hertfordshire, UK. E-mail: L.Canamero@herts.ac.uk
Cynthia Breazeal, MIT, USA
Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Philippe Gaussier, ENSEA, France
Eva Hudlicka, Psychometrix, USA
Susanne Kaiser, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Andrew Ortony, Northwestern University, USA
Paolo Petta, OEFAI, Austria
Rosalind Picard, MIT, USA

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