Marcin Skowron (Ph.D.)

Research Scientist @

Research Interests:

    Affective Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Information Extraction, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing

Selected Publications 2009 - 2014

[Extended list of publications] [Google Scholar Profile]

Book Chapter:

Journals:

  • M. Skowron, S. Rank, A. Swiderska, D. Kuester, A. Kappas
    "Applying a Text-Based Affective Dialogue System in Psychological Research: Case Studies on the Effects of System Behavior, Interaction Context and Social Exclusion"
    Cognitive Computation, 14 May 2014.
    |pre-print| |article|
  • B. Tadic, V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, M. Suvakov
    "The Dynamics of Emotional Chats with Bots: Experiment and Agent-Based Simulations"
    ScienceJet 2014, 3:50
    |abstract| |article|
  • S. Gobron, J. Ahn, D. Thalmann, M. Skowron, A. Kappas
    "Impact Study of Nonverbal Facial Cues on Spontaneous Chatting with Virtual Humans"
    Journal of Virtual Reality and Broadcasting, 10(2013)
    |article| |pdf| |video|
  • S. Rank, M. Skowron, D. Garcia
    "Dyads to groups: modeling interactions with affective dialog systems"
    International Journal of Computational Linguistics Research, Volume: 4 , Issue: 1 (2013)
    |article|
  • V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, B. Tadic
    "Structure and stability of online chat networks built on emotion-carrying links"
    Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, (2012)
    |abstract and figures| |article| |data set|
  • J. Sienkiewicz, M. Skowron, G. Paltoglou, J. Holyst
    "Entropy-growth-based model of emotionally charged online dialogues"
    Advances in Complex Systems
    arXiv:1201.5477 (2012)
    |abstract| |article|

Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings:

  • B. Tadic, V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron
    "Directed Networks of Online Chats: Content-Based Linking and Social Structure"
    8th International Conference on Signal-Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems, SITIS 2012.
    |paper|
  • M. Thelwall, K. Buckley, G. Paltoglou, M. Skowron, D. Garcia, S. Gobron, J. Holyst
    "Damping Sentiment Analysis in Online Communication: Discussions, Monologs and Dialogs"
    CICLing 2013, part II, LNCS 7817
    |paper|
  • V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, B. Tadic
    "Evolving Topology on the Network of Online Chats"
    Proceedings of European Conference on Complex Systems - ECCS 2012.
  • M. Skowron, S. Rank
    "Affect Listeners - From dyads to group interactions with affective dialog systems"
    AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012, Symposium on Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches To Dialog Agents - LaCATODA 2012
    |paper|
  • M. Skowron, S. Rank, M. Theunis, J. Sienkiewicz
    "The good, the bad and the neutral: affective profile in dialog system-user communication"
    Proceedings of the fourth bi-annual Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference - (ACII 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 337-346, (2011).
    |paper|
  • M. Skowron, M. Theunis, S. Rank, A. Borowiec
    "Effect of affective profile on communication patterns and affective expressions in interactions with a dialog system"
    Proceedings of the fourth bi-annual Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction Conference - (ACII 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 347-356, (2011).
    |paper|
  • S. Gobron, J. Ahn, Q. Silvestre, D. Thalmann, S. Rank, M. Skowron, G. Paltoglou, Michael Thelwall
    "An Interdisciplinary VR-architecture for 3D chatting with non-verbal communication"
    Proceedings of Joint Virtual Reality Conference of EuroVR - EGVE 2011.
    |paper|
  • J. Sienkiewicz, M. Skowron, G. Paltoglou, J. Holyst
    "Model of emotional dialogues based on entropy model"
    Proceedings of European Conference on Complex Systems - ECCS 2011.
  • J. Ahn, A. Borowiec, K. Buckley, et al.
    "CYBEREMOTIONS - Collective Emotions in Cyberspace"
    Proceedings of the 2nd European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition 2011 - FET 11, Procedia Computer Science, (7), 2011.
    |article|
  • M. Skowron, H. Pirker, S. Rank, G. Paltoglou, J. Ahn, S. Gobron
    "No peanuts! Affective Cues for the Virtual Bartender"
    Proceedings of the Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference, AAAI Publications, pp. 117-122
    |paper|
  • A. Garas, D. Garcia, F. Schweitzer, M. Skowron
    "Emotional communication patterns in online chat communities"
    Cyberemotions: Emotions in Cyberspace - Models and Empirical Approaches at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference in Kyoto.
  • M. Skowron
    "Talking with affective dialog systems: Extending the analysis of affect in online communication"
    Getting to the heart of the digital: Automatic analysis of affect in online communication, International Communication Association's 61st Annual Conference.
  • G. Paltoglou, S. Gobron, M. Skowron, M. Thelwall and D. Thalmann
    "Sentiment analysis of informal textual communication in cyberspace"
    proceedings of ENGAGE 2010, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, State-of-the-Art Survey, pp.13-25, Springer, Heidelberg (2010)
    |paper|
  • M. Skowron
    "Affect Listeners. Acquisition of Affective States by means of Conversational Systems"
    Development of Multimodal Interfaces - Active Listening and Synchrony, COST 2102 Int. Training School 2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5967, pp. 169--181. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)
    |paper|
  • B. Krenn, M. Skowron, Gregor Sieber , E. Gstrein, J. Irran
    "Adaptive Mind Agent"
    9th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2009
  • M. Skowron, H. Pirker, S. Rank
    "CYBEREMOTIONS: Interactive computer tools for acquiring data on individual and collective emotions of online communities"
    Symposium "CYBEREMOTIONS: Collective emotions in cyberspace pose challenges to emotion research and theory" at ISRE 2009

Symposiums/Workshops:

  • C. Wu, M. Skowron, S. Payr, P. Petta
    "Identity in Dialogue: Using Semantic Role Labelling to Construct a Moral Framework"
    Interdisciplinary College, IK 2014
    |abstract|
  • M. Skowron, S. Rank
    "Interactive Dialogue Systems and Beyond - Interacting with Collective Emotions in E-communities"
    CyberEmotions - Final Conference
  • M. Skowron and G. Paltoglou
    "Affect Bartender - Affective Cues and Their Application in a Conversational Agent"
    Workshop on Affective Computational Intelligence, IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence 2011
    |paper|
  • M. Skowron
    "Effect of an Affective Profile in Dialog System-User Conversations "
    CYBEREMOTIONSWORKSHOP: Emergent Emotions on the Web

Forthcoming:

  • V. Gligorijevic, M. Suvakov, M. Skowron, B. Tadic
    "Patterns of Online Chats with Emotional Bots: Data Analysis and Agent-Based Simulations"

Projects

  • SELP - `Advanced Knowledge Technologies: Grounding, Fusion, Applications`, FFG programe
  • Research projects at Hokkaido University: Question Answering; Interactive QA; KnowY - Commonsense Knowledge Retrieval System

    Scientific Services

    • Organizer:
    • Reviewer:
    • Program Committee Member:
      • Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems - KICSS 2014
        Venue: Limassol, Cyprus, 6-8 November 2014.
      • 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - IVA 2014
        Venue: Boston, USA, 27-29 August 2013.
      • Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems - KICSS 2013
        Venue: Krakow, Poland, 7-9 November 2013.
      • 2nd Workshop on Practice and Theory of Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis - PATHOS 2013
        Venue: Darmstadt, Germany, 23 September 2013.
      • 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - IVA 2013
        Venue: Edinburgh, UK, 29-31 August 2013.
      • AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012, Symposium on Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches To Dialog Agents LaCATODA 2012
        Venue: Birmingham, UK, 2 - 6 June 2012.
      • COST 2102 International Training School - Cross Modal Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
        Venue: Dresden, Germany, February 21-26 2011.
      • Summer School "ENGAGE" - Immersive and Engaging Interaction with VH on Internet.
        Venue: Zermatt, Switzerland. September 13-15, 2010.
      • COST 2102 International Conference on Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issuess
        Venue: Budapest, Hungary, September 7-10 2010.
      • The Thirty Sixth Annual Convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour AISB 2010, Symposium on Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches To Dialog Agents LaCATODA 2010
        Venue: Leicester, UK, 29th March - 1st April 2010.

      Membership


      Press Coverage, Talks

      • Interview: Radio Oesterreich 1, Journal-Panorama, 9.11.2014 - "Flaming - A Roar in Internet"
      • Talk: Skowron M. (2013). "From Virtual to Robot Bartender: insights from the affective dialogue system" COST Workshop on Social Robotics: The Future Concept and Reality of Social Robotics: Challenges, Perception and Applications - Role of Social Robotics in Current and Future Society, Brussels 2013
      • Interview: Polish Radio Program 3, 8.2.2013, "Checking the spelling? Check emotions too" |article and podcast|
      • Press release: Garas, A., Garcia, D., Skowron, M., Schweitzer, F., (2012). "Soziales Verhalten trotz Anonymitaet", ETH Life - Science |press release|
      • Talk: Skowron, M., Rank, S., Theunis, M. (2012). "Affect Listeners @CyberEmotions", COSI-ICT: Action for the Science of Complex Systems and Socially Intelligent ICT, Brussels 2012.
      • Symposium: Kappas, A., Chung, C.K, Skowron, M., Thelwall, M., (2011). "Getting to the heart of the digital: Automatic analysis of affect in online communication" at the International Communication Association's 61st Annual Conference (ICA) in Boston.
      • Talk: Skowron, M., Rank, S., (2011). "CyberEmotions: the good, the bad, the neutral - effect of an affective profile in dialog system-user online conversations", Emotions in Cyberspace - Models and Empirical Approaches at the International Society for Research on Emotion conference in Kyoto.
      • Interview: Polish Press Agency, Science in Poland, 6.12.2011, "Spotkanie przedstawicieli świata nauki i biznesu w Brukseli" |article|
      • Interview: Radio Oesterreich 1, Dimensionen - Magazin, 15.04.2011 - "Emotionen im Internet" |podcast|
      • Interview: CliniCum Medical Journal 3/2009 - CyberEmotions: "Gefuehle im virtuellen Raum verstehen" |interview|
      • Symposium: Kappas, A., Skowron, M., Thelwall, M., Holyst, J. (2009). Symposium together with with Agneta Fischer: "CYBEREMOTIONS: Collective emotions in cyberspace pose challenges to emotion research and theory" at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference in Leuven.

      Demonstrations, Exhibition



      Datasets

      The data are freely available for research purposes. If you make use of this dataset, please cite.

      • EFNET IRC-20 Channels
        This dataset is provided as Supplementary Information for the article: "Emotional persistence in online chatting communities" by A. Garas, D. Garcia, M. Skowron, F. Schweitzer. Scientific Reports 2, 402, (2012)

      • IRC Ubuntu
        Annotated data-sets: 2004-2005-2006 2008-2009

        This dataset is provided as Supplementary Information for the articles:
        * V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, B. Tadic, "Structure and stability of online chat networks built on emotion-carrying links", Physica A, 2012
        * B. Tadic, V.Gligorijevic and M. Skowron, "Directed Networks of Online Chats: Content-Based Linking and Social Structure", SITIS 2012

        GML format (Gephi-compatible):
        • UbuNetP_arousal.dat.gml - this is a persistent, directed, weighted network of user-to-user communications on Ubuntu channel (for the whole 2009 year). Link weights are here defined as a average value of arousal over the time period of one year.
          * V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, B. Tadic, "Directed Networks of Online Chats: Content-Based Linking and Social Structure", SITIS 2012.

        • UbuNetP_1m.dat.gml - this is a persistent, directed, weighted Ubuntu network (only user-to-user) for the time period of one month (January 2009.).
          * V. Gligorijevic, M. Skowron, B. Tadic, "Structure and stability of online social chat networks built on emotion-carrying links", Physica A, 2013.

        Consultancy

        Recent and ongoing consultancy project for industrial and business partners:
        • Sentiment Analysis - Robust, language independent methods for sentiment classification and topic detection.
        • Natural Language Generation - Generation of weather forecasts based on numeric data.
        • Information Extraction - Extraction of domain-specific named entities.
        • Information Retrieval, Topic Modelling, Vector Space Models