Call for papers for the main conference

We are calling for papers to be presented at ACII 2021, the 9th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction. All accepted papers are expected to be included in IEEE Xplore (conditional to the approval by IEEE Computer Society) and indexed by EI. A selection of the best articles at ACII2021 will be invited to submit extended versions to IEEE’s Transactions on Affective Computing. These will be published in a “Best of ACII” special section of this premier journal.

Important dates:

Conference Date: September 28 – October 1, 2021
Paper Submission Deadline: April 9, 2021  April 16 2021 midnight anywhere on earth (UTC -12)
Reviews Provided to Authors: May 25, 2021 extended to May 28, 2021
Author Rebuttals Due: June 1, 2021 extended to June 4, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: June 25, 2021

Camera Ready Papers Due: July 30, 2021

The general conference topics include:

Ethical Issues in Affective Computing

  • Fairness and bias
  • Privacy
  • Transparency and explainability
  • Inclusive Design
  • Creating models for user diversity (ability, language, culture, gender, age)
  • Social impact of affective computing systems

Psychology & Cognition of Affect in Designing Computational Systems

  • Computational Models of Emotional Processes
  • Issues in Psychology & Cognition of Affect in Affective Computing Systems
  • Cultural Differences in Affective Design and Interaction

Recognition and Synthesis of Human Affect from ALL Modalities

  • Facial and Body Gesture Recognition, Modelling and Animation
  • Affective Speech Analysis, Recognition and Synthesis
  • Recognition and Synthesis of Auditory Affect Bursts (Laughter, Cries, etc.)
  • Motion Capture for Affect Recognition
  • Affect Recognition from Alternative Modalities (Physiology, Brain Waves, etc.)
  • Affective Text Processing and Sentiment Analysis
  • Multimodal Data Fusion for Affect Recognition
  • Synthesis of Multimodal Affective Behavior

Affective Interfaces

  • Design of Affective Loop and Affective Dialogue Systems
  • Human-Centred Human-Behaviour-Adaptive Interfaces
  • Interfaces for Attentive & Intelligent Environments
  • Mobile, Tangible and Virtual/Augmented Multimodal Proactive Interfaces
  • Distributed/Collaborative Multimodal Proactive Interfaces
  • Tools and System Design Issues for Building Affective and Proactive Interfaces
  • Evaluation of Affective, Behavioural, and Proactive Interfaces

Affective, Social and Inclusive Robotics and Virtual Agents

  • Emotion in Robot and Virtual Agent Cognition and Action
  • Embodied Emotion
  • Biologically-Inspired Architectures for Affective and Social Robotics
  • Developmental and Evolutionary Models for Affective and Social Robotics
  • Models of Emotion for Embodied Conversational Agents
  • Personality in Embodied Conversational Agents
  • Memory, Reasoning, and Learning in Affective Conversational Agents

Group Dynamics

  • Multiparty interaction
  • Multimodal interaction

Affective Databases and Annotation Tools


  • Health
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Consumer Products

Theme: Ethical Affective Computing

The Affective Computing technologies are deployed in a variety of applications, including but not limited to lie detection, mental health monitoring/diagnosis, and social/assistive robots. We believe it is timely to further emphasize this topic.