Social Signal Processing: The Research Agenda

  • Maja PanticEmail author
  • Roderick Cowie
  • Francesca D’Errico
  • Dirk Heylen
  • Marc Mehu
  • Catherine Pelachaud
  • Isabella Poggi
  • Marc Schroeder
  • Alessandro Vinciarelli


The exploration of how we react to the world and interact with it and each other remains one of the greatest scientific challenges. Latest research trends in cognitive sciences argue that our common view of intelligence is too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely for how people do in life. This range of abilities is called social intelligence and includes the ability to express and recognise social signals produced during social interactions like agreement, politeness, empathy, friendliness, conflict, etc., coupled with the ability to manage them in order to get along well with others while winning their cooperation. Social Signal Processing (SSP) is the new research domain that aims at understanding and modelling social interactions (human-science goals), and at providing computers with similar abilities in human–computer interaction scenarios (technological goals). SSP is in its infancy, and the journey towards artificial social intelligence and socially aware computing is still long. This research agenda is twofold, a discussion about how the field is understood by people who are currently active in it and a discussion about issues that the researchers in this formative field face.



This work has been funded in part by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme [FP7/20072013] under grant agreement no. 231287 (SSPNet).


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  • Maja Pantic
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Roderick Cowie
    • 3
  • Francesca D’Errico
    • 4
  • Dirk Heylen
    • 2
  • Marc Mehu
    • 5
  • Catherine Pelachaud
    • 6
  • Isabella Poggi
    • 4
  • Marc Schroeder
    • 7
  • Alessandro Vinciarelli
    • 8
    • 9
  1. 1.Computing Dept.Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.EEMCSUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Psychology Dept.Queen University BelfastBelfastUK
  4. 4.Dept. Of EducationUniversity Roma TreRomeItaly
  5. 5.Psychology Dept.University of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  6. 6.CNRSParisFrance
  7. 7.DFKISaarbruckenGermany
  8. 8.Computing Science Dept.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  9. 9.IDIAP Research InstituteMartignySwitzerland

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