Friday 25 August, 9:00 – 10:00 (Room LEO)
Experiencing Emotion: From Spoken Language to Cognitive Communication
A number of works in affective computing have attempted to equip automated systems with the notion of emotion, paving the way for improved human–computer and human–human communications. Many of these systems are remarkably successful, but they mostly focused on the felt part of emotion through communication competence -- being able to encode (recognize) and decode (express) an emotional state. However, an essential aspect of social-affective interaction is its ability to manage the dynamic of emotional process in the interpersonal world: the causation and regulation of emotion. In other words, numerous and significant challenges remain largely unexplored in the realm of appraisal and regulation competence of humans during emotion perception and production, respectively. In this talk, I will take the audience through the journey of experiencing emotion, in which we embarked the processes that amount to the social-affective loop: emotion recognition-expression, emotional triggers-response, as well as emotional regulation. Accordingly, I will present some of our recent works on 1) Recognizing affective states, 2) Translating and expressing affective states 3) Predicting social-affective events, 4) Eliciting a positive emotional response, and 5) Tracking emotional regulation. In the process, I will also highlight the need for, not only the analysis and interpretation of expressive cues of verbal and non-verbal human behavior, but also cognitive cues through electrical brain activity. This introduces a potential to identify emotions without relying on people’s ability to self-report, specifically for those emotions that may be regulated in the way that are not reflected in speech or facial expressions.
|Sakriani Sakti is Assistant Professor of Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan. She received her B.E. degree in Informatics (cum laude) in 1999 from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. In 2000, she received DAAD-Siemens Program Asia 21st Century Award to study in Communication Technology, University of Ulm, Germany, and received her MSc degree in 2002. During her thesis work, she worked with Speech Understanding Department, DaimlerChrysler Research Center, Ulm, Germany. She then worked as an expert researcher at ATR Spoken Language Communication (SLC) Laboratories Japan in 2003-2009, and NICT SLC Groups Japan in 2006-2011. While working with ATR-NICT, Japan, she continued her study (2005-2008) with Dialog Systems Group, University of Ulm, Germany, and received her PhD degree in 2008. She actively involved in collaboration activities such as Asian Pacific Telecommunity Project (2003-2007) and various speech-to-speech translation research projects in the world, including A-STAR and U-STAR (2006-2011). In 2009-2011, she served as a visiting professor of Computer Science Department, University of Indonesia (UI), Indonesia. From 2011, she has been an assistant professor at the Augmented Human Communication Laboratory, NAIST, Japan. She served also as a visiting scientific researcher of INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, France, in 2015-2016, under "JSPS Strategic Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Accelerating Brain Circulation". Her research interests lie in deep learning & graphical model framework, statistical pattern recognition, speech recognition and synthesis, spoken language translation, social-affective dialog system, and cognitive communication.|