Emotion-oriented systems: An introduction and sampler - Paolo Petta

Abstract - This talk will provide a general introduction to the area of emotion-oriented systems, motivating this research effort, clarifying its relationships with disciplines beyond computer science, touching on some relevant approaches in computational modeling, and suggesting significant practical applications. The second part of the talk will present some lessons learned from recent activities in this area.

Bio - Paolo Petta earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science (specialisation: Artificial Intelligence) from the Vienna University of Technology (Technische Universität Wien) in 1994. Since 1996, he is Head of the Intelligent Agents and New Media group[1] at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) in Vienna, Austria. Since 1989 he has been teaching at the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology, and the Medical University of Vienna on selected topics of Artificial Intelligence and Agent-based Technologies and served as thesis advisor; since 2007 he has been appointed as Lecturer (Univ.-Lektor) at the University of Vienna and Medical University of Vienna in the MEi:CogSci curriculum in cognitive science; starting in fall 2012 he will also be covering Software Agent technologies in the context of the software engineering master curriculum at the Fachhochschule Hagenberg near Linz.

He initiated the workshop series, AT2AI ("From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation", jointly with Jörg Müller), ESAW ("Engineering Societies in the Agent World", jointly with Andrea Omicini and Franco Zambonelli), and ABModSim ("Agent-based Modeling and Simulation", jointly with Giuseppe Vizzari).

Current main research interests include cognitive modelling of emotions, human aspects in interactions with artificial systems and coordination of situated cognitive systems.

He has been participating in a number of EU projects, including:

  • The ESPRIT, FP5 and FP6 AgentLink I-III European Networks of Excellence on agent-based computing (Working Group coordinator on “Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration", Technical Forum Chair)
  • The FP6 Network of Excellence HUMAINE (“Human-Machine Interaction Network of excellence on Emotions")
  • The FP6 STReP L2C (“Learning to Collaborate")
  • The FP7 STReP SERA ("Social Engagement with Robots and Agents")
  • The FP7 FET IP CYBEREMOTIONS (“Collective Emotions in Cyberspace")
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