Artificial Emotional Intelligence: Can and Should Emotions be Computed?

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


On the occasion of the 7th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2 2021), the ETH Turing Centre Zurich organizes a symposium on "Artificial Emotional Intelligence".

The symposium will take in the form of a virtual debate around the question: "Can and Should Emotions be Computed?".

Emotions are an essential part of what it means to be human. As such, the way we conceive and treat emotions has decisive implications for our self-understanding and, consequently, for the organization of our coexistence. In recent years, a singular approach to emotions has been gaining ground in Artificial Intelligence, commonly known as Artificial Emotional Intelligence or Emotion AI. Its goal is to study non-verbal cues of humans like facial expressions, gestures, tonality of voice, and texts by computational means in order to relate them to the emotional state of individuals. Such technologies have started to find widespread use not only in commercial areas like advertising and healthcare but also in psychology and the social sciences. This satellite event aims to address the social, ethical, epistemological, and philosophical consequences of this computational approach to emotions. It intends to problematize and discuss the underlying assumptions of Emotion AI and their social and political implications by bringing together guests from different disciplinary horizons to discuss about the relationship between technology and emotions in a moderated panel.


Andreu Casas (Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam )
Karsten Donnay (Assistant Professor of Political Behavior and Digital Media, University of Zurich)
Cécile B. Evans (Artist, London)
Ana Paiva (Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Lisbon)

The panel will be moderated by Roland Fischer (Science journalist, Medium, Moneta & KSB Kulturmagazin)
Period27 Jul 2021
Held atETH Turing Centre Zurich, Switzerland
Degree of RecognitionInternational