Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis

[SEEM5201 Seminar Announcement] 


                Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

                             The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Date: 4:30pm-5:30pm, September 30 (Friday), 2016

Title: Affective computing and sentiment analysis

Speaker: Dr. Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University


Emotions play an important role in successful and effective human–human communication. In fact, in many situations, emotional intelligence is more important than IQ for successful interaction. There is also significant evidence that rational learning in humans is dependent on emotions. Affective computing and sentiment analysis, hence, are key for the advancement of AI and all the research fields that stem from it. Moreover, they find applications in various scenarios and companies, large and small, that include the analysis of emotions and sentiments as part of their mission. Sentiment-mining techniques can be exploited for the creation and automated upkeep of review and opinion aggregation websites, in which opinionated text and videos are continuously gathered from the Web and not restricted to just product reviews, but also to wider topics such as political issues and brand perception. In this talk, I will discuss recent developments and state-of-the-art approaches in this context, present my new department of IEEE Intelligent Systems ( and introduce the latest version of our knowledge base for sentiment analysis based on conceptual primitives (SenticNet 4).


Erik Cambria received his BEng and MEng with honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa in 2005 and 2008, respectively. In 2012, he was awarded his PhD in Computing Science and Mathematics following the completion of an EPSRC project in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, which was selected as impact case study by the University of Stirling for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). After two long-term research visits at HP Labs India and Microsoft Research Asia, he worked as Lead Investigator in NUS Cognitive Science Programme till 2014. Today, Dr Cambria is an Assistant Professor at NTU School of Computer Science and Engineering, a Research Fellow at NTU Temasek Labs, and an Adjunct Scientist at A*STAR IHPC. His current affiliations also include Rolls-Royce@NTU, MIT Synthetic Intelligence Lab, and the Brain Sciences Foundation. He is Associate Editor of Elsevier KBS and IPM, Springer AIRE and Cognitive Computation, IEEE CIM, and Editor of the IEEE IS Department on Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis.

Everyone is welcome to attend the talk!

Venue: Room 513,

      William M.W. Mong Engineering Building (ERB),

      (Engineering Building Complex Phase 2)

      The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The talk will be hosted by:

Prof. Kam-Fai Wong,

Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong,



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Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:00 to 09:30