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CfP Special Issue of Neural Networks on Affective and Cognitive Learning Systems for Big Social Data Analysis

Dear Colleagues,


In case you should be interested, please find below a



Call for Papers for a


Special Issue of Neural Networks (Elsevier) on



Affective and Cognitive Learning Systems for Big Social Data Analysis




Guest Editors

Amir Hussain*, University of Stirling, United Kingdom (ahu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx)
Erik Cambria, National University of Singapore, Singapore (cambria@xxxxxxxxxx)
BjÃrn Schuller, Technische UniversitÃt MÃnchen, Germany (schuller@xxxxxx)
Newton Howard, MIT Media Laboratory, USA (nhmit@xxxxxxx)

Background and Motivation

As the Web rapidly evolves, Web users are evolving with it. In an era of social connectedness, people are becoming more and more enthusiastic about interacting, sharing, and collaborating through social networks, online communities, blogs, Wikis, and other online collaborative media. In recent years, this collective intelligence has spread to many different areas, with particular focus on ïelds related to everyday life such as commerce, tourism, education, and health, causing the size of the Web to expand exponentially. The distillation of knowledge from such a large amount of unstructured information, however, is an extremely difïcult task, as the contents of today's Web are perfectly suitable for human consumption, but remain hardly accessible to machines. The opportunity to capture the opinions of the general public about social events, political movements, company strategies, marketing campaigns, and product preferences has raised growing interest both within the scientiïc community, leading to many exciting open challenges, as well as in the business world, due to the remarkable beneïts to be had from marketing and ïnancial market prediction.

Existing approaches to opinion mininig mainly rely on parts of text in which sentiment is explicitly expressed, e.g., through polarity terms or affect words (and their co-occurrence frequencies). However, opinions and sentiments are often conveyed implicitly through latent semantics, which make purely syntactical approaches ineffective. In this light, this Special Issue focuses on the introduction, presentation, and discussion of novel techniques that further develop and apply big data analysis tools and techniques for sentiment analysis. A key motivation for this Special Issue, in particular, is to explore the adoption of novel affective and cognitive learning systems to go beyond a mere word-level analysis of natural language text and provide novel concept-level tools and techniques that allow a more efïcient passage from (unstructured) natural language to (structured) machine-processable data, in potentially any domain.

Articles are thus invited in areas such as machine learning, weakly supervised learning, active learning, transfer learning, deep neural networks, novel neural and cognitive models, data mining, pattern recognition, knowledge-based systems, information retrieval, natural language processing, and big data computing. Topics include, but are not limited to:

â Machine learning for big social data analysis
â Biologically inspired opinion mining
â Semantic multi-dimensional scaling for sentiment analysis
â Social media marketing
â Social media analysis, representation, and retrieval
â Social network modeling, simulation, and visualization
â Concept-level opinion and sentiment analysis
â Patient opinion mining
â Sentic computing
â Multilingual sentiment analysis
â Time-evolving sentiment tracking
â Cross-domain evaluation
â Domain adaptation for sentiment classiïcation
â Multimodal sentiment analysis
â Multimodal fusion for continuous interpretation of semantics
â Human-agent, -computer, and -robot interaction
â Affective common-sense reasoning
â Cognitive agent-based computing
â Image analysis and understanding
â User proïling and personalization
â Affective knowledge acquisition for sentiment analysis

The Special Issue also welcomes papers on speciïc application domains of big social data
analysis, e.g., inïuence networks, customer experience management, intelligent user interfaces, multimedia management, computer-mediated human-human communication, enterprise feedback management, surveillance, art. The authors will be required to follow the
Author's Guide for manuscript submission to Elsevier Neural Networks.


Call for Papers out: April 2013
Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2013
Notiïcation of Acceptance: November 1st, 2013
Final Manuscripts Due: December 1st, 2013
Date of Publication: March 2014

Composition and Review Procedures

The Elsevier Neural Networks Special Issue on Affective and Cognitive Learning Systems for Big Social Data Analysis will consist of papers on novel methods and techniques that further develop and apply big data analysis tools and techniques in the context of opinion mining and sentiment analysis. Some papers may survey various aspects of the topic. The balance between these will be adjusted to maximize the issue's impact. All articles are expected to successfully negotiate the standard review procedures for Elsevier Neural Networks.







Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

BjÃrn W. Schuller


Institute for Sensor Systems

University of Passau

Passau / Germany



Machine Intelligence & Signal Processing Group

Institute for Human-Machine Communication

Technische UniversitÃt MÃnchen

Munich / Germany



audEERING UG (haftungsbeschrÃnkt)

Gilching / Germany

Visiting Professor

School of Computer Science and Technology

Harbin Institute of Technology

Harbin / P.R. China



Institute for Information and Communication Technologies


Graz / Austria



Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives

Università de GenÃve

Geneva / Switzerland