Companion Technology Track


Andreas Wendemuth, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg (Germany)
Andreas Nürnberger, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg (Germany)
Louis-Philippe Morency, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA (USA) [tbc]
Jianhua Tao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (PR China) [tbc]
Adriano Andrade, Federal University Uberlandia (Brazil) [tbc]


Dynamics and Anticipation in Interactive Systems 

Companion Technology is an emerging field of cross-disciplinary research that aims at a paradigm shift in human-technology interaction. It enables technical systems of any kind to smartly adapt their services to the individual needs of users, their current requests, situation, emotion, and disposition. Companion Technology covers and combines trans-disciplinary research in fields such as computer science and artificial intelligence, cognitive science, engineering, psychology, and neurobiology. Its application areas include digital assistance, cognitive robotics, health and elderly care, intelligent environments and homes as well as driver assistance and autonomous driving.  Two predecessors of this conference, the IEEE International Conferences on Companion-Technology ( ,, have already been held in 2015 and 2017 with exclusive focus on Companion Technology, and the present conference is the follow-up of these.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Affective Computing
  • Computational Models of Cognitive Processes
  • Cooperative and Adaptive Systems
  • Decision Making
  • Emotion Modelling
  • Health Applications of Knowledge-based Systems
  • Knowledge-based Dialogue Management
  • Knowledge-based Human-Computer Interaction
  • Multimodal Emotion and Motivation Recognition
  • Multimodal Stress and Pain Recognition
  • Neuroscience, Neural Models and Electrophysiology
  • Reasoning for Adaptive Systems
  • Strategy Change and Reversal Learning
  • User-Centered Planning

Potential TPC Members:

  • Adriano Andrade, Federal University Uberlandia, Brazil
  • Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Panagiotis Bamidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Susanne Biundo, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Nick Campbell, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Artur Garcez, City University London, UK
  • Roland Goecke, University of Canberra, Australia
  • Fred Hamker, University of Chemnitz, Germany
  • Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Kristiina Jokinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Theodoros Kostoulas, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Gary McKeown, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Thierry Pun, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Albert Ali Salah, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Björn Schuller, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Friedhelm Schwenker, University of Ulm, Germany