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Editorial: State of the Journal


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This issue signals the start of the third year of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing ( TAC ), and both the journal and the field of affective computing are going strong. Last year saw a very successful fourth meeting of the International Conferences on Affective Computing (ACII 2011), cochaired in Memphis by one of our newest editors, Sidney D’Mello. The year 2011 also saw continued growth in the journal. Since my last state-of-the-journal address, the journal has received 104 submissions, continuing the strong submission counts from last year. In 2011 TAC published 26 papers, up from 11 in 2010 and reflecting our move to quarterly issues. We expect publication counts to continue to grow in 2012 as we add more articles per issue to handle the higher-than-anticipated submission rates. The journal continues to encourage interdisciplinary research and we’ve attracted articles from recognized names in both the computational and social sciences of affect. TAC is well on its way to becoming a premier journal, and continues to be the most recognized journal on the topic of affective computing.

Every two years, IEEE encourages its journals to renew their editorial boards and while we will maintain a large measure of continuity, we will be losing a few valued editors and seeing some new faces over the next two years. Retiring editors include Kristina Höök, Brian Parkinson, Helmut Predinger, Marc Schröder, and Lyn Walker. New faces joining the journal include Sidney D’Mello, Ursula Hess, Simon Lucey, Rada Mihalcea, and Björn Schuller. In the coming year, my primary goal continues to be to increase the visibility of the journal and for this I need your help. As a community we need to spread the word about the journal. If you are organizing a meeting that touches on the field, please let me know and we can arrange for advertisements to be sent to the organizers. Tell your friends about the title. And, of course, participate by continuing to send us your articles.

I am gratified by the contributions and support of the many people who are making this journal a success. First and foremost are the authors and reviewers who, together, lead to the high-quality work that appears on these pages. I’m indebted to the advice of our steering committee and the hard work of our editorial board. I have learned a great deal from them and rely on their knowledge and vision in helping to shape the editorial direction of TAC . And most importantly, my thanks goes to the editorial staff at the IEEE Computer Society and at Allen Press—Joyce Arnold, Mark Bartosik, Hilda Carman, Chad Johnston, Kathy Santa Maria, Alicia Stickley—without whom these pages wouldn’t appear in print.

Best wishes for 2012.

Jonathan Gratch


About the Authors

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Sidney D’Mello received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Memphis in 2009. He also holds the MS degree in mathematical sciences and the BS degree in electrical engineering. He is an assistant professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. His primary research interests are in the affective, cognitive, and learning sciences. More specific interests include emotional processing, affective computing, artificial intelligence in education, human-computer interaction, speech recognition and natural language understanding, and computational models of human cognition. He has published more than 100 journal papers, book chapters, and conference paperss in these areas. He has edited two books on affective computing and was the general chair and program cochair for the 2011 Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction conference. He serves as an advisory editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology.
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Ursula Hess received the PhD degree in social psychology from Dartmouth College in 1989. From 1992 to 2009 she taught at the University of Quebec in Montréal, where she chaired the socialpsychophysiology laboratory. Since 2010 she has been the chair of social and organizational psychology at Humboldt-University, Berlin. She has published more than 100 chapters and articles in leading journals in her field. Her research focuses on emotion communication in a variety populations, including clinical populations, children, and the elderly, as well as on intercultural studies. In this context, she studies, in particular, emotional synchronization (facial mimicry, and emotional contagion) in interactions. A second focus of her research is the social signal function of emotions and their interactions with facial morphology. In this context, her main interests are inferences about a person and her intentions that people draw from observing emotional behavior. Her research has been supported by Canadian, US, and German funding agencies. She is on the editorial board of several leading journals in psychology.
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Simon Lucey received the PhD degree in 2003 on the topic of audio-visual speaker and speech recognition from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. He is a senior research scientist and science leader in the CSIRO ICT Centre and a current “Futures Fellow Award” recipient from the Australian Research Council (2009-2013). He holds adjunct professorial positions at both the University of Queensland (UQ) and QUT in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently on leave from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. His research interests are in computer vision and machine learning, with specific interests in their application to human behaviour (particularly with reference to faces and bodies).�He has more than 70 publications in international conferences, journals, and book chapters. He has been a reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences in vision, learning, pattern recognition, and multimedia. He has organized and cochaired a number of conferences, workshops, and special sessions and is the current local arrangements chair for the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) 2013 to be held in Sydney, Australia. His work on face tracking and recognition was recently showcased on a Discovery Channel series “Weird Connections” as well as in other media, including print and radio. He has served on the program committees for a number of top international computer vision and pattern recognition conferences, including CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, ICPR, and BMVC and has previously served as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions of Multimedia.
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Rada Mihalcea is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, graph-based algorithms for natural language processing, and multilingual natural language processing. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Computational Linguistics, Language Resources and Evaluations, the Journal of Natural Language Engineering, the Journal of Research in Language in Computation, and the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics. She was a program cochair for the Conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics (2011) and the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (2009). She is the recipient of a US National Science Foundation CAREER award (2008) and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2009).
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Björn Schuller received the diploma in 1999 and the doctoral degree in 2006, both in electrical engineering and information technology from the Technische Universität München (TUM), where he has since been tenured as a senior researcher and lecturer in pattern recognition and speech processing. From 2009 to 2010 he was with the CNRS-LIMSI Spoken Language Processing Group in Orsay, France, and a visiting scientist at Imperial College London’s Department of Computing in London, United Kingdom. He is a member of the ACM, HUMAINE Association, IEEE, and ISCA and has (co)authored two books and more than 200 peer reviewed publications, leading to more than 2,400 citations—his current H-index equals 26. He serves as a member and secretary of the steering committee and as an associate and guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, as a guest editor and reviewer for more than 30 leading journals and multiple conferences in the field, and as an invited speaker, session and challenge organizer, including the INTERSPEECH 2009 Emotion, 2010 Paralinguistic, and 2011 Speaker State Challenges and chairman and program committee member of numerous international workshops and conferences.
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