Challenges in providing automatic affective feedback in instant messaging applications

Chieh Yang Huang, Ting Hao Huang, Lun Wei Ku

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Instant messaging is one of the major channels of computer mediated communication. However, humans are known to be very limited in understanding others' emotions via text-based communication. Aiming on introducing emotion sensing technologies to instant messaging, we developed Emotion Push, a system that automatically detects the emotions of the messages end-users received on Facebook Messenger and provides colored cues on their smartphones accordingly. We conducted a deployment study with 20 participants during a time span of two weeks. In this paper, we revealed five challenges, along with examples, that we observed in our study based on both user's feedback and chat logs, including (i) the continuum of emotions, (ii) multi-user conversations, (iii) different dynamics between different users, (iv) misclassification of emotions, and (v) unconventional content. We believe this discussion will benefit the future exploration of affective computing for instant messaging, and also shed light on research of conversational emotion sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSS-17-01
Subtitle of host publicationArtificial Intelligene for the Social Good; SS-17-02: Computational Construction Grammar and Natural Language Understanding; SS-17-03: Computational Context: Why It's Important, What It Means, and Can It Be Computed?; SS-17-04: Designing the User Experience of Machine Learning Systems; SS-17-05: Interactive Multisensory Object Perception for Embodied Agents; SS-17-06: Learning from Observation of Humans; SS-17-07: Science of Intelligence: Computational Principles of Natural and Artificial Intelligence; SS-17-08: Wellbeing AI: From Machine Learning to Subjectivity Oriented Computing
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357797
StatePublished - 2017
Event2017 AAAI Spring Symposium - Stanford, United States
Duration: Mar 27 2017Mar 29 2017

Publication series

NameAAAI Spring Symposium - Technical Report
VolumeSS-17-01 - SS-17-08


Conference2017 AAAI Spring Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence


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