Workshop on Quantifying Human Emotions


The uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting extensive restrictions to our regular lifestyles have caused a global mental health crisis. Despite the obvious causes, such as the fear of the disease, social distancing measures, potential fatal consequences, financial hardship, and limitations to free movement, interruptions to existing mental health services have been reported in 93% of countries. The higher demand in mental health support is projected to double the global emotion detection and recognition market in size by 2026.

Recent developments in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and smart technologies have enabled new approaches to quantifying, assessing, and regulating human emotions. However, while some researchers call for making better use of available ubiquitous technologies to research human emotions, others have raised concerns regarding the potential of emotion detection technologies.

This workshop aims at bringing together experts from the fields of ubiquitous computing, who focus on novel sensing methods and technologies as well as experts in psychological research on emotion, emotion detection, and emotion regulation. We will provide a forum to explore new avenues for utilizing existing technologies in emotion research as well as to discuss issues around the implications and intent of quantifying human emotion.

In this workshop, we bring together experts from the fields of Ubiquitous Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology and the Arts to – long-overdue – merge their expertise and ask the fundamental questions: how do we make sense of emotion sensing, can and should we quantify human emotions?




The workshop will run on Sept. 26th 2021 and comprise two keynote presentations, sessions in which attendees present their work for feedback and discussion, and all-in discussion sessions based on core themes.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Maya Tamir

Title: TBD

Maya Tamir is a full professor and Chair of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she directs the Emotion and Self-Regulation Laboratory. She is also the president-elect of the Society of Affective Science. Professor Tamir received her PhD in social-personality psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Professor Tamir’s research examines the role of emotions in daily life, focusing on people’s motivations for regulating their emotions and how this affects mental health, social relationships and well-being. Professor Tamir has served as Associate Editor at Emotion,Emotion Review, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and she is currently on the editorial boards of Psychological Bulletin, Emotion, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Prof. Rafael A. Calvo

Title: TBD

Rafael A. Calvo, PhD (2000) is Professor and Director of Research at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. He is also co-lead at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and co-editor of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. He is director of the Wellbeing Technology  Lab that focuses on the design of systems that support wellbeing in areas of mental health, medicine and education.

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