Feeling EmotioNL workshop

Posted on Nov. 4, 2022

Feeling EmotioNL: Automatic emotion detection in Dutch texts

On Thursday December 1st 2022, LT3 is organising the workshop Feeling EmotioNL: Automatic emotion detection in Dutch texts, on the occasion of Luna De Bruyne's public PhD defence. The workshop and defence will take place at Muziekcentrum De Bijloke.


Register by November 16th through this link.


14h00- Welcome + introduction by Véronique Hoste
14h10- How to capture the heart? A discussion on emotion measurement
Karolien Poels (University of Antwerp)
14h50- The search for emotions, creativity and fairness in language
Saif Mohammed (National Research Council Canada)
Abstract: Emotions are central to human experience, creativity, and behavior. They are crucial for organizing meaning and reasoning about the world we live in. They are ubiquitous and everyday, yet complex and nuanced. In this talk, I will describe our work on the search for emotions in language -- by humans (through data annotation projects) and by machines (in automatic emotion and sentiment analysis systems). I will outline ways in which emotions can be represented, challenges in obtaining reliable annotations, and approaches that lead to high-quality annotations and useful sentiment analysis systems. I will discuss wide-ranging applications of emotion detection in natural language processing, psychology, social sciences, digital humanities, and computational creativity. Along the way, I will discuss various ethical considerations involved in emotion recognition and sentiment analysis — the often unsaid assumptions and the real-world implications of our choices.

Emotions in crisis communication
An-Sofie Claeys (Ghent University)
Abstract: During crises people are likely to experience a range of negative (e.g., anger, fright, anxiety, sadness) as well as positive (e.g., hope, relief, sympathy) emotions. Social media can reveal which emotions prevail. A crisis might evoke anger, which is oftentimes related to the cause of the event. People can also experience fear, which is rather related to the outcome of the crisis. Fear might reveal a need for instructing information, whereas anger can necessitate apologies. Tools that allow to quickly and objectively understand how the public responds to crises on social media, can help to assess if a response is required and what it should look like.

16h15- Coffee break

PhD defence Luna De Bruyne
Feeling EmotioNL: Automatically detecting emotions in Dutch texts

19h00- Reception


Muziekcentrum De Bijloke
Anatomisch theater
Bijlokekaai 7, 9000 Gent
Accessibility: https://www.bijloke.be/pQoDCw/bereikbaarheid

Workshop speakers

Karolien Poels - Professor of Strategic Communication and Persuasive Technologies at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp

Bio: Karolien Poels is a professor of Strategic Communication and Persuasive Technologies at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp and member of the research group MIOS (Media & ICT in Organizations & Society).
Since 2018, she is the chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences (Ghent University, 2007) and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology (2007-2009). Starting in the field of advertising research and emotions, her research has developed in wider, mainly ICT areas with a focus on online advertising and social media. She studies how individuals use and experience ICT and how these insights can be applied by organisations for persuasive communication (advertising, health promotion, corporate communication) and their relations with consumer/user protection and empowerment. The role of emotions in communication and how they interact with cognitive processes and behavior is central in her research interest and inspiration.
Currently, Karolien is actively involved in research on online (commercial) media environments and complex communication: adolescents’ advertising literacy towards targeted online advertising, online ad tailoring, the role of acceptance and privacy concerns, transparency and effectiveness in the implementation of native advertising, sustainable advertising strategies for online news media, food advertising and online communication strategies. Another line of research involves persuasive technologies (serious games, reflective interfaces) to tackle online transgressive behavior or promote healthy (coping) behavior: serious games promoting positive bystander involvement in cyberbullying, automatic monitoring of sexual harassment on social media, online personal narratives and interface design targeted at adolescents’ mental wellbeing and persuasive context-based health communication.
Since February 2020, Karolien serves as the president of NeFCA (Netherlands-Flanders Communication Association): https://nefca.eu. She is also associate editor of the Journal of Media Psychology.

Saif Mohammed - Senior Research Scientist, National Research Council Canada

Bio: Dr. Saif M. Mohammad is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Research Council Canada (NRC). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Before joining NRC, he was a Research Associate at the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
His research interests are in Natural Language Processing (NLP), especially Lexical Semantics, Emotions and Language, Computational Creativity, AI Ethics, NLP for psychology, and Computational Social Science. He is currently an action editor for Computational Linguistics, Senior Area Chair for ACL Rolling Review, and Senior Area Chair for ACL 2022. He has served as chair of the Canada--UK symposium on Ethics in AI, co-chair of SemEval 2017-19 (the largest platform for semantic evaluations), co-organizer of WASSA 2017 and 2018 (a sentiment analysis workshop), and senior area chair for prominent NLP conferences in the areas of sentiment analysis, lexical semantics, and Ethics in NLP. His word-emotion resources, such as the NRC Emotion Lexicon, are widely used for analyzing emotions in text. His work has garnered media attention, including articles in Time, SlashDot, LiveScience, io9, The Physics arXiv Blog, PC World and Popular Science.

An-Sofie Claeys – Professor in Corporate Communication at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication, Ghent University

Bio: Dr. An-Sofie Claeys is an associate professor in Corporate Communication at the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication at Ghent University. In 2012, she obtained a joint PhD in Communication Sciences (Ghent University) and Social and Military Sciences (Royal Military Academy) on organizational crisis communication. After seven years of working as an Assistant and later an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences at the University of Leuven, she returned to Ghent University in 2020 to focus on research and teaching in Corporate Communication.
Her research is mainly experimental and focuses on organizational crisis communication. Specifically, she has examined the impact of crisis response strategies (e.g., apologies, denial), organizational self-disclosure (i.e., stealing thunder), emotional crisis communication and non-verbal crisis communication. In addition to crisis communication, she also focuses on the use of social media by employees. She published articles in journals such as Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Public Relations Review, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Public Relations Research. She also published book chapters about crisis communication in The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research, Social Media and Crisis Communication and The Global Public Relations Handbook. She is on the editorial board of Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research and Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research.