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Subject: [ E-CFP ] ACII'13 Workshop on Mediated Touch and Affect (1st CfP)
From: <D.K.J.Heylen_(on)_utwente.nl>
Date received: 10 Mar 2013
Deadline: 01 May 2013
Start date: 02 Sep 2013


Workshop on Mediated Touch and Affect (MeTA)

Conference: The fifth biannual Humaine Association Conference on
Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2013).

2-5 September 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Description Our sense of touch allows us to feel shapes, textures
and temperatures, and we use these sensations to haptically
explore the world around us, and manipulate objects. However,
touch can also be hedonically pleasant, such as the smooth feel
of finely crafted piece of wooden furniture, or the subtleness of
a silk dress. Moreover, touch is a central modality in
human-to-human communication. Touch can communicate positive or
negative emotions, or serve as an intensifier of emotional
displays from other modalities. Recent advances in haptic
technology have spurred the development of prototypes that aim to
mediate touch. These prototypes make it possible to experience
tactile sensations, or engage in social touch at a distance,
adding a rich affective channel to interaction with digital
systems, and remote communication.

The main aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers
from diverse communities, such as affective computing, haptics,
augmented reality, communication, design, psychology, human-robot
interaction, and telepresence. The goal is to discuss the current
state of, and the future directions for, research in aspects of
the touch-technology-affect triangle (as it is exemplified in
mediated social touch); to highlight good case studies; to
reflect on the methodological issues; and to brainstorm about
applications. We welcome papers that deal with touch, and haptic
technologies in relation to affect.

Topics of interest Psychology and physiology of touch
- Comparisons between social touch and mediated social touch;
- Emotion elicitation through (mediated) touch;
- Tactile perception;
- Touch, multi-sensory substitution/interaction and affective
- Effects of gender, body location, timing, etc;
- Touch and theories of emotion.

- Design of affective touch devices;
- Haptic stimulation and actuators;
- Automatic analysis of tactile input, and automatic generation
  of haptic output for mediated touch.

Applications and context
- Contexts in which mediated touch can/should take place;
- Mediated touch combined with other modalities;
- The role of presence in the experience of mediated touch.

Important dates Submission deadline: May 1st 2013 Notification of
acceptance: May 31st 2013 Camera-ready version: June 7th 2013
Workshop date: September 2nd 2013

Submission The workshop solicits original and unpublished papers
concerning mediated touch and affect. Submissions can be send to
submission [dot] metaworkshop [at] gmail [dot] com. If the
submission size exceeds 10MB, please make it available for
download. Papers should not exceed 6 pages in length in PDF
format, and should conform to the IEEE publication guidelines.
For templates and examples, see:


The workshop papers will be published in the ACII'13 proceedings
on IEEE explore.

Workshop Chairs Gijs Huisman, University of Twente Nadia
Bianchi-Berthouze, University College London Dirk Heylen,
University of Twente

Program Committee

Jeremey Bailenson (Stanford University, USA) Frédéric Bevilacqua
(IRCAM, France) Adrian Cheok (Keio University, Japan) Jan van Erp
(TNO, the Netherlands) Alberto Gallace (University of
Milano-Bicocca, Italy) Daniel Gooch (University of Bath, UK)
Antal Haans (TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands) Wijnand IJsselsteijn
(TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands) Karon MacLean (University of
British Columbia, Canada) Hendrik Richter (LMU - University of
Munich, Germany) Thomas van Rompay (University of Twente, the
Netherlands) Rick Schiffersteijn (TU Delft, the Netherlands) Ana
Tajadura-Jiménez (University College London, UK) Dzmitry
Tsetserukou (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

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