Recent research efforts in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) show that brain activity can be used as an active/voluntary, or passive/involuntary control modality in man-machine interaction. While active BCI paradigms received a lot of attention in recent years, research on passive approaches to BCI is still lacking concerted activity. However, it has been shown more than once that brain activations can carry information about the affective and cognitive state of a subject, and that the interaction between humans and machines can be aided by the recognition of those user states.
To achieve robust passive BCIs, efforts from applied and basic sciences have to be combined. On the one hand, applied fields such as affective computing aim at the development of applications that adapt to changes in the user states and thereby enrich the interaction, leading to a more natural and effective usability. On the other hand, basic research in neuroscience advances our understanding of the neural processes associated with emotions. Furthermore, similar advancements are being made for more cognitive mental states, for example attention, fatigue, and work load, which strongly interact with affective states.
This Special Issue is a follow-up of the aBCI satellite workshop at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), held in Amsterdam in September 2009. It is open to all submissions and will explore the advantages and limitations of using neurophysiological signals as a modality for the automatic recognition of affective and cognitive states, as well as the possibilities to use this information about the user state in innovative and adaptive applications.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Emotion elicitation and data collection for affective BCI
- Detection of affective and cognitive states with BCI and other modalities
- Adaptive interfaces and affective BCI, affective BCI applications
- Embedding affective BCI in active and passive BCI approaches
Potential Authors send Title and Abstract of at most one page: 25 January 2010
Invitation for Full Paper Submission (at most twelve abstracts will be chosen; at most six papers will be accepted): 28 January 2010
Deadline for Final Papers: 28 February 2010
Notification of Acceptance: 31 March 2010
Camera-ready Papers due: 30 April 2010