Required Texts

[RP] = Buy at MIT Press Picard, R. W. Affective Computing. MIT Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780262661157. [Preview with Google Books]

[RC] = Calvo, R. A., S. K. D’Mello, J. Gratch, et al. The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing. Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780199942237. [Preview with Google Books]

Optional Reading

Elkins, Aaron, Stefanos Zafeiriou, Maja Pantic, et al. “Unobstrusive Deception Detection.” In The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing. Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780199942237. [Preview with Google Books]

1 Introduction to Affective Computing & The Challenge of Mood Measurement and Forecasting [RP] Chapter 1, Chapter 2 (especially pp. 75–82 on emotional intelligence), and Chapter 3.
2 Affect Recognition, Part 1

[RP] Chapter 5.

[RC] Chapter 14.

Picard, R. W., E. Vyzas, et al. “Toward Machine Emotional Intelligence: Analysis of Affective Physiological State.” (PDF) IEEE Transactions Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 23, no. 10 (2001): 1175–91. (Just read sections 1, 2, and 5 unless you’re also interested in the machine learning details).

3 Students Present on 2–3 “Rough Project Ideas”

Isen, Daubman, and Nowicki. “Positive Affect Facilitates Creative Problem Solving.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 52, no. 6 (1987): 1122–31.

Forgas, and Moylan. “After the Movies: Transient Mood and Social Judgments.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 13, no. 4 (1987): 467–77.

Picard, and Liu. “Relative Subjective Count and Assessment of Interruptive Technologies Applied to Mobile Monitoring of Stress.” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 65, no. 4 (2007): 361–75.

Larson, and Picard. “The Aesthetics of Reading.” (PDF) Human-Computer Interaction Consortium, 2005.

4 Sensing Emotion Directly and Indirectly

Klein, J., Y. Moon, et al. “This Computer Responds to User Frustration.” (PDF) Interacting with Computers 14, no. 2 (2002): 119–40.

Bickmore, and Picard. “Towards Caring Machines.” (PDF) Proceedings of CHI, 2004.

Vlahos, James. “Barbie Wants to Get to Know your Child.” New York Times Magazine, September 2015.

Bickmore, and Schulman. “Practical Approaches to Comforting Users with Relational Agents.” (PDF) Proceedings of CHI, 2007.

5 Affective Technology Interaction & Empathy

McDuff, Daniel, et al. “Measuring Voter’s Candidate Preference Based on Affective Responses to Election Debates.” (PDF - 4.3MB) Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), Humaine Association Conference on IEEE, 2013.

[RC] Cohn, Jeffrey F., and Fernando De La Torre. “Automated Face Analysis for Affective Computing.” Edited by Rafael Calvo, Sidney D’Mello, eds.


State of The Art Facial Expression Recognition and What It Tells Us About Emotion

No assigned readings
7 Project Presentations: Background and Design

Blascovich, J., and W. B. Mendes. “Challenge and Threat Appraisals: The Role of Affective Cues.” In Feeling and Thinking: The Role of Affect in Social Cognition. Edited by J. P. Forgas. Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 59–82. ISBN: 9780521011891. [Preview with Google Books]

Hernandez, J., D. McDuff, X. Benvidas, et al. “AutoEmotive: Bringing Empathy to the Driving Experience to Manage Stress.” In Designing Interactive Systems: A Comprehensive Guide to HCI, UX & Interaction Design. Trans-Atlantic Publications, 2013, pp. 53–56. ISBN: 9781447920113.

Hernandez, J., M. E. Hoque, W. Drevo, et al. “Mood Meter: Counting Smiles in the Wild.” In Ubiquitous Computing: Smart Devices, Environments and Interactions. Wiley, 2009, pp. 301–10. ISBN: 9780470035603.

Optional Readings for Dr. Javier Hernandez’s Talk

Hernandez, Javier, Rob R. Morris, et al. “Call Center Stress Recognition with Person-Specific Models.” (PDF)

Hernandez, Javier, Yin Li, et al. “BioGlass: Physiological Parameter Estimation Using a Head-mounted Wearable Device.”

McEwen, B. S., and T. Seeman. “Stress and affect: Applicability of the concepts of allostasis and allostatic load.” In Handbook of Affective Sciences. Edited by R. J. Davidson, K. R. Scherer and H. H. Goldsmith. Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 1117-37. ISBN: 9780195126013.

Morris, Dan, A. J. Bernheim Brush, et al. “SuperBreak: Using Interactivity to Enhance Typing Breaks.” Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2008): 1817–26.


Stress Recognition and Relief

[RP] Picard. Chapter 4: Potential Concerns.

[RC] Cowie. Chapter 24: Ethical Issues in Affective Computing.


I, Robot. Directed by Alex Proyas. Color, 115 min. 2004.

9 Ethical Issues Related to Affective Computing No assigned readings
10 Grab Bag of Affective Computing Topics No assigned readings
11 Final Project Presentations & Discussion No assigned readings
12 Final Project Presentations & Celebration No assigned readings

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