Brown Bag Seminar: The challenge of emotions for artificial intelligence and humans – what can we learn about it?

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of other people. Empathy helps us read emotional cues, such as body language, and decode the hidden meanings behind indirect language. Join us on Thursday 23 May at the Brown Bag Seminar where we will learn more about how Artificial Intelligence can be taught to interpret human emotions, intentions, preferences, and decision-making by analysing peoples’ facial expressions, body behaviours and physiological signs. We will also learn how empathy affects the understanding of indirect language.
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Tellus Stage, Linnanmaa campus



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The speakers at this seminar are Assistant Professor Haoyu Chen from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and Postdoctoral Researcher, University Lecturer Henri Olkoniemi from the Research Center for Psychology at the Faculty of Education and Psychology. Dr Chen will talk about his research on leveraging AI for human emotion understanding and synthesis via body language. Dr Olkoniemi will discuss how the ability to understand emotional cues affects the understanding of indirect language, such as metaphors, and irony.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 23 May from 11 am to 12 pm at Tellus Stage on Linnanmaa campus. Lunch will be provided for those who register by Monday 20 May at 12 pm. The language of the seminar is English.

If you cannot make it to the Linnanmaa campus, you can also participate via Zoom. If you participate via Zoom, you do not have to register in advance.

Dr Haoyu Chen is now a tenure-track Assistant Professor and is part of the Hybrid Intelligence: Human-AI Co-evolution and Learning in Multi-realities (HI) research programme. He has worked as doctoral researcher and later as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis (CMVS) since 2017. He concentrates on developing data processing and computing technology for helping humans and machines understand each other in the Data and algorithm assisted AI research theme. Hybrid Intelligence aims to combine the strengths of both humans and machines in their co-evolutionary processes in productive, responsible, and ethical ways and generate AI-based solutions for fields such as education and nursing by integrating different excellence areas of the University of Oulu.

Dr Henri Olkoniemi is a Postdoctoral Researcher and University Lecturer at the Research Center for Psychology at the University of Oulu. He also holds the title of docent in cognitive psychology, awarded by the University of Turku. He is the PI of the Perception, Cognition and Language Research Group and a Research Council of Finland funded postdoctoral research project Changes in Irony Comprehension across the Lifespan. His research focuses on language comprehension and visual cognition.

UniOGS Doctoral Researchers: You can now add Brown Bag Seminars in your personal learning plan and once you have attended 10 Brown Bag Seminars, you can get 0,5 credits of doctoral studies.

The aim of the Brown Bag Seminars is to showcase University of Oulu’s research and to encourage knowledge-sharing and networking amongst our researchers. Once a month, we invite two of our researchers from different fields to talk about their research related to the same topic. Brown Bag Seminars are open to everyone - come learn something new and join in the conversation!

Last updated: 19.3.2024