Emotion and Stance in Language Technology

Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:00 - 12:00
Location: 
UAntwerpen, City Campus, Room D.015
Presenter: 
Rieks op den Akker & Carlo Strapparava

On October 10, 2014, CLiPS organises a colloquium on "Emotion and Stance in Language Technology", on the occasion of Frederik Vaassen's PhD defense later that day. Speakers are Rieks op den Akker (Twente University, Enschede) and Carlo Strapparava (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento). We kindly invite you to participate. The colloquium takes place at the city campus of the University of Antwerp, in room D.015. Programme details and directions are provided below. Please register by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

Programme:

09.30: Coffee
10.00: Welcome and Introduction by Walter Daelemans (CLiPS)
10.10: Rieks op den Akker (Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands): "Studies in interpersonal stance taking in interrogative interviews: towards building virtual suspect characters"
11.00: Carlo Strapparava (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy): "Emotions, Humour, and Persuasion: computational explorations of creative language"

15.00: PhD defense Frederik Vaassen (University of Antwerp)

Abstracts & biographies:

Rieks op den Akker (Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands)
"Studies in interpersonal stance taking in interrogative interviews: towards building virtual suspect characters"

Abstract:
In the Dutch COMMIT project Interaction for Natural Access, the research group Human Media Interaction of the University of Twente studies the conversational genre of police interrogation, with the eventual aim to create virtual humans that can play the role of a suspect character in an educational game for police officers. For analysing interpersonal stance taking in these interviews, Leary's Rose is used (similar as in the deLearyous project).
In this talk, the findings of this project will be presented. Questions that will be addressed are:
Is Leary's Rose a valuable theoretical framework for understanding stance taking in police interviews?
What is the relation between turn-taking and stance taking in interrogative interviews?
Is it possible to identify non-verbal behaviors and expressions that distinguish perceived stances?

Bio:
Rieks op den Akker is assistant professor at the Human Media Interaction group of the department of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. He studied mathematics and computer science and graduated in theoretical computer science. He gives lectures in Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Speech and Language Processing and Conversational Agents and Dialog Systems. Research focuses currently on virtual characters and smart coaching systems.

Carlo Strapparava (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy)
"Emotions, Humour, and Persuasion: computational explorations of creative language"

Abstract:
Dealing with creative language and in particular with affective, persuasive and even humorous language has often been considered outside the scope of computational linguistics. Nonetheless, it is possible to exploit current NLP techniques starting some explorations about it. We briefly review some computational experiences about these typical creative genres.

Bio:
Carlo Strapparava is a senior researcher at FBK­‐irst in the Human Language Technologies Unit. His research activity covers artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, user models, adaptive hypermedia, lexical knowledge bases, word­‐sense disambiguation, affective computing and computational humor. On June 2011, he was awarded with a Google Research Award on Natural Language Processing, specifically on the computational treatment of affective and creative language.

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