Emotion expression in human communication causes modulations in speech, facial, and body gestures, as well as in textual communication. In interactions, these modulations effect the behaviors of an interaction partner, shaping the discourse and altering the communicative environment. We view emotion as the ever-present backdrop in the human cognitive system conditioning our reactions to the outside world.
In the SAIL Emotion Group we study and model:
(1) Multi-modal and uni-modal emotion expression patterns
(2) Emotion and its role in shaping and being shaped by interaction dynamics
(3) Methods to mathematically represent emotional information
(4) Emotion production
We leverage the knowledge gleaned in our focus areas to develop emotion applications including:
(1) Robust emotion tracking
(2) Emotion interpretation and generation systems
(3) Emotion classification systems
(4) Sentiment Analysis
These components are essential for the creation of advanced human behavioral informatics (also see the BSP group
) as well as natural human-machine communication systems.