Integrating Computer Affective Processing Into Real World Applications

10 Mar
Wednesday, 03/10/2010 7:00am to 9:00am
Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Defense

David Cooper

Computer Science Building, Room 142

Emotional Intelligence has become a clear factor in education , health care, and day to day interaction. With the increasing use of computer technology, computers are interacting with more and more individuals. This interaction provides an opportunity to increase knowledge about human emotion for human consumption, and potentially for adaptive computer systems.

The main contributions that this thesis aims to achieve are: 1) Construct a method for determining a set of sensor features that can be automatically processed to determine emotional changes in the people observed with the sensors. 2) Apply this method to an intelligent tutoring system instrumented with sensors, 3) Apply and adapt the method to audio and video sensors for a number of applications such as a) detection of psychological disorders, b) detecting emotional changes in health care providers, c) detecting emotional impact of one person on another during video chat, and/or d) detecting emotional impact of one fictional character on another in a motion picture. 4) integrate emotional detection technologies so that they can be used in more realistic settings.

Advisors: Hava T. Siegelmann and Beverly Park Woolf