International Workshop on Affective Computing and Emotion Recognition

Niagara Falls, Canada, November 17-20 2022


Conference and workshop websites


Submission deadline

August 5 August 20, 2022


Topics: emotion recognition cognitive computing artificial intelligence   social robots


Affective computing became a key scenario for Artificial Intelligence.

Various emotion-mining techniques can be exploited for creating and automating personalized interfaces or subcomponent technology for larger systems, i.e. in business intelligence, affective tutoring, recommender systems, social robots.

Different from sentiment analysis, this approach works at a deeper level of abstraction, aiming to recognize specific emotions and not only the positive/negative sentiment, to extract, manage and predict emotions in limited sets, basing on well-accepted or novel models, thus to use them to be reported/classified or understood/elicited/expressed by a machine.

The aim of the ACER workshop is to explore the Emotion Recognition area in depth, and to present, discuss and ideate novel affective computing and emotion recognition techniques in WI-related task, providing a cross-fertilized network of

different communities focused on research, development and applications of emotion recognition.

ACER invites original high-quality papers: conceptual, empirical as well as theoretical papers are welcome; graduate students are invited to submit their thesis

showcase; experienced researchers are warmly invited to submit novel or updated versions of their work.

The ACER-EMORE co-located workshop aims also to create a network of research for future events and publications on Affective Computing, as already established in the previous editions (EMORE2017@ICCSA Trieste, Italy; ACER2017@IEEE/ACM/WIC WI Leipzig, Germany, with the special issue Emotional Machines: the next revolution in the Web Intelligence Journal; EMORE@ICCSA2018 Melbourne, Australia; ACER-EMORE@ICCSA2019 Saint Petersburg, Russia; ACER@WI2019 Thessaloniki, Greece; ACER@ICCSA2020, Cagliari, Italy; EMORE@BI2021, Padova, Italy; ACER-EMORE@WI2021, Melbourne, Australia).

Aiming at this collaboration path, ACER-EMORE also welcomes papers on ongoing projects and PhD showcases, as well as applications, data sets, novel techniques, and multimodal or interdisciplinary approaches to emotion recognition.

Cooperation between humans and machines for a shared action or goal is a desirable outcome.



Topics include, but are not limited to Affective Computing in:


·        Affective computing and Emotion Recognition in Web Intelligence

·        Models of emotions, measuring emotions on the Web

·        Multidimensional emotion recognition

·        Emotional/affective process mining

·        Emotions in the crowds, emotions and sentiments in social networks, link prediction

·        Affective tagging and emotion recognition in Recommender Systems

·        Emotion recognition across cultural variations, local-culture emotion recognition

·        Semantic Emotion Recognition, Linked Data in affective spaces, affective ontologies, and sentic computing

·        Natural Language Processing, Emotion extraction from text

·        Automated emotion/mood tagging with emoji/memes

·        Facial/gestures/visual emotion recognition and synthesis, emotion recognition in video streaming

·        Emotional, affective states associated with music, audio or speech

·        Recognition of emotions elicited by artistic stimuli e.g. paintings

·        Affective computing, emotion recognition from Brain -Interfaces or sensors, e.g. EMG sensors, motion sensors, GPS tracking

·        Biomimetic modeling of emotions, models of emotionally communicative behavior, evolved or emergent emotional behavior

·        Emotion recognition in social robots, intelligent interfaces, symbiotic cognitive systems

·        Affective states or emotions expressed by web-based/cloud robots, web-based Artificial intelligence, affective human-computer interfaces

·        Online Human-Bot emotional interactions, real-time integrated systems

·        Novel technologies using emotional elements that can better engage disabled people, e.g. with ASC (Autism Spectrum Conditions), in learning and communication

·        Assertive robots, assertive artificial intelligence, artificial empathy and emotional intelligence in human-robot interactions

·        Emotion recognition in business/government intelligence and marketing strategies

·        Applications using web-based machine learning services e.g. IBM Watson, Google TensorFlow

·        Specialized interfaces and animation technologies, applications in games and education, e.g. affective tutoring

·        Ethical challenges on affective computing and emotion recognition in Web Intelligence, e.g. deception in emotions-aware HRI, emotional privacy, side effects and evolution of humanity using affective-intelligent web services

·        Applicable lessons from other fields (e.g. robotics, AI, psychology)

Important dates

July 22, 2022: Early papers submission to the ACER-EMORE Workshop

August 5, 2022: Full papers submission to the ACER-EMORE Workshop

[DEADLINE EXTENSION] August 20, 2022: Full papers submission to the ACER-EMORE Workshop

August 17, 2022: Final Notification of Acceptance (for papers submitted before August 5),

August 31, 2022: Final Notification of Acceptance (for papers submitted after August 5),

August 20, 2022: Early Registration opens

September 7, 2022: Camera-ready submission

[DEADLINE EXTENSION] September 27, 2022: Camera-ready submission

November 17, 2022: WI-IAT 2022 Workshop and main conference start


ACER-EMORE organizing committee:

Valentina Franzoni, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy (

Jordi Vallverdú, Universitat Autňnoma de Barcelona (

Alfredo Milani, University of Perugia, Italy (

Giulio Biondi, University of Perugia, Italy (

WI-IAT organizing committee:


ACER-EMORE will be located at the 21st IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, held in Niagara Falls, Canada, on November 17-20 2022. The 21st IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT'22) provides a premier international forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields for presentation of original research results, as well as exchange and dissemination of innovative and practical development experiences on Web intelligence and intelligent agent technology research and applications.

The first international joint conference of Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT'01) was held in Maebashi, Japan, 2001. Then, it followed by WI-IAT'03 in Halifax, Canada, WI-IAT'04 in Beijing, China, WI-IAT'05 in Compiegne, France, WI- IAT '06 in Hong Kong, WI-IAT'07 in Silicon Valley, USA, WI-IAT'08 in Sydney, Australia, WI-IAT'09 in Milano, Italy, WI-IAT'10 in Toronto, Canada, WI-IAT'11 in Lyon, France, WI-IAT'12 in Macau, China, WI-IAT'13 in Atlanta, USA, WI-IAT'14 in Warsaw, Poland, and WI-IAT'15 in Singapore. The goal of WI-IAT conferences is to provide a global forum for scientists, engineers and educators to present the latest WI-IAT technologies, discuss how to develop future intelligent systems for complex applications. After these years, in 2016, WI-IAT conferences have been merged as one brand (WI'16 in Omaha, USA, WI'17 in Leipzig, Germany, WI'18 in Santiago de Chile, WI'19 in Thessaloniki, Greece, and WI-IAT 2021 in Melbourne, Australia) by redefining and vitalizing the WI aims and topics. In recognition of the strong connection of Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, the classic brand of WI-IAT was resumed in 2020.

Submission guidelines

Papers must be submitted electronically via CyberChair in standard IEEE Conference Proceedings format (max 8 pages, templates at Submitted papers will undergo a peer review process, coordinated by the International Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by IEEE and submitted to EI. Selected WI-IAT'22 papers will be further invited for expansion and publication in Web Intelligence journal and other international journals.


Once in the Acer-Emore Submission Website, select “Submit a new paper” and enter the required information.

Papers on applications, case studies, and data sets are welcome, as well as master/PhD thesis showcases. Each paper must be original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere (copyright problems fall entirely under responsibility of the authors).

Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, if the paper is accepted, at least one of the authors should register and present orally the paper in the conference. Failure to do so shall lead to exclusion of the paper from the proceedings.


Publication of proceedings


Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least three PC members on the basis of technical quality, relevance, originality, significance and clarity. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by the ACM Press and published in the conference proceedings, which in the past years have been always indexed in Scopus and WoS. Selected papers will be further invited for expansion and publication in Web Intelligence journal and other international journals.




The 21st IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, including the ACER-EMORE workshop, will be held on November 17-20, 2022 in Niagara Falls, Canada, and online.

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