Jordi Vallverdú Jordi.Vallverdu at uab.cat
Mon Nov 5 11:49:11 CET 2007

Call for Chapters

/Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable Robotics: New 
Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence /

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*Editors: J. Vallverdú, Ph.D. & D. Casacuberta, Ph.D. *

Emotions are not only a basic part of rational processes, but a 
necessary and the most efficient way to establish a good communication 
and work atmosphere between humans and machines. Our attitudes towards 
machines are similar to those related to human beings, but we need the 
machine’s feedback. Therefore, first attempts to embed emotions into 
machines were focused on to creating machines which could simulate 
showing human emotional states. A second wave of research is being 
developed today, trying to create true synthetic emotions: that is, 
artificial systems with emotional regulatory systems. There are several 
ways to integrate emotions into artificial environments (computers and 
robotics), which we will cover with this new book, from robotics to 
artificial intelligence or ambient intelligence.

This book covers all the efforts on the project to integrate emotions 
into artificial systems, as well as emotion simulations and emotion 
synthetic developments. Beyond technical aspects of these researches, we 
include the philosophical thoughts of several specialists about the 
nature of synthetic emotions. We will also review how synthetic emotions 
can and are actually being used in art projects, analyzing how robots 
can become part of an intelligent installation, or how algorithmic 
systems to produce artwork can benefit from an emotional implementation 
in them.

The /Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable Robotics: 
New Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence/ 
will be most helpful as it provides comprehensive coverage and 
definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends and 
technologies in artificial emotions and related topics. This important 
new publication will be distributed worldwide among academic and 
professional institutions and will be instrumental in providing 
researchers, scholars, students and professionals access to the latest 
knowledge related to artificial emotions. Contributions to this 
important publication will be made by scholars throughout the world with 
notable research portfolios and expertise.

*Coverage:* The Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable 
Robotics: New Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial 
Intelligence will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and 
explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this 
volume will feature chapters (8,000-10,000 words) authored by leading 
experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts 
related to different areas, issues and trends in information science and 
technologies in modern organizations worldwide.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

# Emotions.
# Affective Computing.
# Sociable Robots.
# Synthetic Emotions.
# AI’s Emotions.
# Artificial Emotions.
# Digital arts and emotions.
# Art and AI.
# Emotional interfaces.

*Invited Submissions:*
Individuals interested in submitting chapters (8,000-10,000 words) on 
the above-suggested topics or other related topics in their area of 
interest should submit via e-mail a 2-3 page manuscript proposal clearly 
explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by December 
15th, 2007. We strongly encourage other topics that have not been listed 
in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the 
research area in which you have expertise. Upon acceptance of your 
proposal (communication on January 15th 2008), you will have until April 
28th, 2008, to prepare your chapter of 8,000-10,000 words and 7-10 
related terms and their appropriate definitions. Guidelines for 
preparing your paper and terms and definitions will be sent to you upon 
acceptance of your proposal.

Please forward your e-mail of interest including your name, affiliation 
and a list of topics (5-7) on which you are interested in writing a 
chapter to Jordi Vallverdú or David Casacuberta, editors, at 
jordi.vallverdu at uab.cat or david.casacuberta at uab.cat no later than 
December 15th 2007. You will be notified about the status of your 
proposed topics by January 15th 2008. This book is tentatively scheduled 
for publishing by Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group 
Reference), www.info-sci-ref.com, an imprint of IGI Global (formerly 
Idea Group, Inc.) in 2010.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word 
document) or by mail to:

Jordi Vallverdú
jordi.vallverdu at uab.cat

David Casacuberta
david.casacuberta at uab.cat

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