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Who we are

TC Chairs

Imperial College London, UK/ Twente University, NL

University of Glasgow, UK

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


  • Justine Cassell, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Jeffrey Cohn, Pittsburgh University/ Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Roderick Cowie, Queen University Belfast, UK
  • Hatice Gunes, Queen Mary University London, UK
  • Alan Hanjalic, Delft University of Technology, NL
  • Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, NL
  • Ioannis Kakadiaris, University of Houston, USA
  • Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, NL
  • Mark Nixon, University of Southampton, UK
  • Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Arun Ross, Michigan State University, USA
  • Sudeep Sarkar, University of South Florida, USA
  • Bjoern Schuller, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • Hiroshi Shimodaira, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Mohammad Soleymani, Imperial College London, UK
  • Massimo Tistarelli, University of Sassari, Italy
  • Georgios Tzimiropoulos, Lincoln University, UK
  • Fabio Valente, IDIAP, CH
  • Michel Valstar, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Stefanos Zafeiriou, Imperial College London, UK


Our goals

The goal of Social Signal Processing (SSP) is to make computers socially aware and adaptable, capable of sensing and responding appropriately to usersí social signals such as interest, politeness, agreement, disagreement, etc. Social signals are manifested through a multiplicity of non-verbal behavioral cues including facial expressions, body postures and gestures, and vocal outbursts like laughter, that can be automatically analyzed by technologies of signal processing including computer vision and audio processing, and automatically generated by technologies of signal synthesis such as face animation and speech synthesis. Application of the research on SSP include artificial agents and companions, human-computer interfaces, ambient intelligence, assisted living, entertainment, education, social skills training, and multimedia indexing.
SSP is a multidisciplinary venture, with topics such as computer vision, speech processing, machine learning, computer graphics, virtual agents, and HCI. The IEEE SMCS TC on SSP aims to be the unifying forum that brings together scientists from this wide range of theoretical and application areas whose work impacts the machine analysis and synthesis of social signals.

What we are doing

Why don't you join us?

In the past decade, many scattered fields have presented their SSP related research at various conferences aimed at topics such as computer vision, speech processing, machine learning, computer graphics, virtual agents, and HCI. It is time to bring all these fields together to strengthen the research into what is inherently a multi-disciplinary problem. Why donít you join us, and work together with us to promote this new emerging field? Letís work together to organize conferences related to SSP. Letís work together to investigate the intricate ways that humans interact with each other and with the machines we create, and build a new world where man and machine interact seamlessly.

Nominations are invited for the 2014 SMC Society Awards
Nominations and supporting letters are to be submitted to the by June 15, 2014. Details of the awards can be viewed here.
Scope and Title Change of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
The SMC Society is pleased to announce that the following have been elected to the SMCS Board of Governors as Member at Large

Patrick Chan
Honghai Liu
Rodney Roberts
Fabio Roli
Robert Woon

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Congratulations to the SMC Society members who were elected IEEE Fellows for 2013

Kathlelen Carley
Sam Kwong
Zidong Wang
Gautam Biswas
Ashok Srivastava
Hisao Ishibuchi
Robert Kozma
Kay Tan
Kazuo Tanaka
Germano Torres
Martin Buss
Hong Zhang
Haizhou Li
Yi Murphey

SMC Society Awards for 2013
At the Annual Awards Ceremony held during the 2013 International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in Manchester, UK, SMCS volunteers were presented with society awards to recognize their service to the SMC Society. [more]
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