1st International Workshop on Automatic Sentiment Analysis in the Wild (WASA’15)


21 September 2015, Xi’an / P.R. China

The Workshop program:

  • Session 1 - Vision, Chair: Maja Pantic
  • 9:15 - 10:00 Key Note 1: Sentiment and other Affects: What are we measuring? How well are we doing? , Jeffrey Cohn (Download Abstract)
  • 10:00 - 10:25 -- Sentiment Apprehension in Human-Robot Interaction with NAO (Jie Shen, Ognjen Rudovic, Shiyang Cheng and Maja Pantic)
  • 10:25 - 11:00 Coffee Break
  • Session 2 - Sentiment and affect recognition, Chair: Jeffrey Cohn
  • 11:00 - 11:25 -- An Ensemble Convolutional Echo State Networks for Facial Expression Recognition ( Guihua Wen, Huihui Li and Danyang Li)
  • 11:25 - 11:50 -- Detection of Negative Emotions in Speech Signals Using Bags-of-Audio-Words ( Florian Pokorny, Franz Graf, Franz Pernkopf and Björn Schuller)
  • 11:50 - 12:15 -- Neural Conditional Ordinal Random Fields for Agreement Level Estimation (Nemanja Rakicevic, Ognjen Rudovic, Stavros Petridis and Maja Pantic)
  • 12:15 - 13:50 Lunch Break (actual 12:30-14:00)
  • Session 3 - In the wild, Chair: Björn Schuller
  • 13:50 - 14:35 - Key Note 2: Beyond words: multi-modal sentiment analysis from an industrial , Gábor Szirtes (Download Abstract)
  • 14:35 - 15:00 -- iHEARu-PLAY: Introducing a game for crowd-sourced data collection for affective computing (Simone Hantke, Tobias Appel, Florian Eyben and Björn Schuller)
  • 15:00 - 15:25 -- GOAALLL!: Using sentiment in the World Cup to explore theories of emotion (Jonathan Gratch, Gale Lucas, Jeffrey Nichols and Nikolaos Malandrakis)
  • 15:25 - 16:00 Coffee Break
  • Session 4 - Final remarks, Chair: Björn Schuller
  • 16:00 - 16:45 Key Note 3: Towards an ideal model of sentiment , Roddy Cowie (Download Abstract)
  • 16:45 - 17:30 Panel Discussion with Key Note Speakers, Organisers, and Public
  • 17:30 Closing

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline   8 July 2015

Notification of acceptance     20 July 2015

Camera ready papers due    24 July 2015


Original submissions can be up to 6 pages in length and should follow the IEEE format of the main conference (cf. for templates and instructions).

Please submit via easychair:


The Workshop on Automatic Sentiment Analysis (WASA) workshop series is the premier international forum for research on technologies for analysis of human sentiment, and empathic and social behaviour observed in the wild. Machine analysis of human sentiment in response to multimedia content (movie trailers, product adverts, etc.) by people in the wild, and automatic estimation of sentiment, rapport and empathy shown by people involved in unscripted face-to-face or computer-mediated interaction, is of utmost importance for research on next-generation computing and multimedia including affective multimodal interfaces, interactive multi-party games, user-centric healthcare and online services, automatic market research analysis, etc. This research topic – arguably being the most intriguing and researched topic within the fields of Affective Computing and Social Signal Processing – has witnessed a surge of interest in the past couple of years and is progressing rapidly with new or pending applications in intelligent HCI, psychology, politics, and entertainment technology, among other domains. With these advances come new conceptual and methodological challenges. The workshop will present cutting-edge research and new challenges in automatic analysis of human sentiment and empathy and its applications in an interdisciplinary forum of computer and behavioral scientists. It is aimed towards bringing together scientists from a wide range of theoretical and application areas whose work impacts machine analysis of sentiment, empathy, and social interactions. The goal is to facilitate a truly interdisciplinary, fruitful discussion on machine analysis of human sentiment, empathic and social behavior between experts, new investigators, and students from all relevant fields.

Submissions will be rigorously reviewed, and should clearly make the case for a documented improvement over the existing state of the art. WASA 2015 will include an award for the best paper. In addition, the best WASA 2015 papers will be invited for a journal special issue. The workshop will be held in conjunction with ACII 2015. The program will include keynotes and a panel discussion.

The general workshop topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Intelligence and Sentiment Modeling
  • Sentiment, empathy and social behavior analysis from facial, vocal and bodily expressions recorded in the wild
  • Expressive speech analysis in social interactions observed in the wild
  • Human gesture and action recognition in social interactions observed in the wild
  • Perceptual, empathic, and socially-aware user interfaces
  • Empathic multimedia recommendation systems
  • Databases for training and testing
  • Empathic and socially-aware computing and applications

Paper Awards and Journal Special Issue:

WASA 2015 will include an award for the best paper. In addition, the best WASA 2015 papers will be invited for a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.

Conference/ Program Chairs:

Maja Pantic (Imperial College London, UK), email:

Bjoern Schuller (University of Passau, DE), email:

Elnar Hajiyev (RealEyes, EE/UK), email:

Florian Eyben (audEERING UG, DE), email:

Program Committee:

Rodrigo Agerri (EHU, ES), Cristina Bosco (U. Torino, IT), Felix Burkhardt (Deutsche Telekom, DE), Nick Campbell (Trinity College Dublin, IE), Mohamed Chetouani (UPMC, FR), Dilek Hakkani Tur (Microsoft Research, US), Carlos Iglesias (UPM, ES), Louis Philippe Morency (USC, US), Yannis Panagakis (ICL, UK), Stavros Petridis (ICL, UK), Ognjen Rudovic (ICL, UK), Albert Ali Salah (Boğaziçi University, TR), Kam Star (Playgen, UK), Jianhua Tao (CAS, CN), Michel Valstar (Nottingham University, UK), Tony Veale (UCD, IE), Lijun Yin (Binghamton University, USA), Fabien Ringeval (TUM, Germany), Rafael Calvo (U Sydney, Australia), Hayley Hung ( U Twente, the Netherlands), John Hansen (University of Texas, USA), Abhijeet Sangwan (University of Texas, USA), Stefanos Eleftheriadis (ICL, UK), Jie Shen (ICL, UK)