[REU Seminar] CANCELLED - The Role of Affective Computing in Affectivism
Friday, July 16, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This event has been cancelled
The Role of Affective Computing in Affectivism
Postdoc, Institute of Special Education
University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
Following the publication of a recent opinion piece in Nature Human Behaviour (Dukes et al., 2021) we propose to discuss here how affective computing is an important element of a broader academic evolution in which research in emotion and other affective processes has impacted on areas of research previously seen as being either cognitive or behavioral in nature. Our proposed notion of affectivism captures the idea that research on affective processes, having previously dismissed as irrelevant or unmeasurable, actually provides substantial explanatory power to models of cognition and behavior. While research in cybernetics and computer sciences were key for the transition from behaviorism to cognitivism, we will ask whether affective computing could be one of several signs of a new era, the era of affectivsm.
About the Speaker
He obtained a doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in June, 2017, under the supervision of Professor Fabrice Clément. During that time and since, he has enjoyed extended research stays sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation at UC Berkeley, USA with Professor Joseph J. Campos, at the University of Amsterdam. Netherlands with Professor Agneta Fischer and the University of Oxford, UK with Professor Brian Parkinson.
He is currently carrying out postdoctoral research at Professor Andrea Samson’s chEERS lab in the Institute of Special Education in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is also affiliated to the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences where he works most closely with Professor David Sander and Dr Marcello Mortillaro. His primary research interest is in developmental socio-emotional processes and how they motivate and are motivated by behavioral and cognitive mechanisms, but he is easily distracted and, as a consequence, works on other things too.