Making Sense of Emotion Sensing

8 June 2021

Members of the HCI group, along with international colleagues, are organising a workshop at UbiComp 2021 entitled: Making Sense of Emotion Sensing.

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.

25 different facial expressions from the same young woman

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 utilising 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?

For more information, and submission details, visit the Making Sense of Emotion Sensing workshop website.