Marcin Skowron (Ph.D.)

Research Scientist at Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Research Interests:

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

Selected Publications 2009 - 2017

[Extended list of publications] [Google Scholar Profile]

Book Chapter:

Journals:

  • S. Payr, M. Skowron, A. Dobrosovestnova, M. Trapp, R. Trappl
    "Strategic Talk in Film"
    Cybernetics and Systems, Volume: 48, Number: 8, (2017).
    |article|
  • M. Skowron, M. Trapp, S. Payr, R. Trappl
    "Automatic Identification of Character Types From Film Dialogs"
    Applied Artificial Intelligence, Volume: 30, Issue: 10, (2016).
    |article|
  • 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, 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, 3:50, (2014).
    |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:

  • Z. Ahmadi, M. Skowron, A. Stier, S. Kramer
    "An In-Depth Experimental Comparison of RNTNs and CNNs for Sentence Modeling"
    The 20th International Conference on Discovery Science, DS2017.
    |paper|
  • D. Schabus, M. Skowron, M. Trapp
    "One Million Posts: A Data Set of German Online Discussions"
    The 40th International ACM SIGIR Conferenceon Research and Development in Information Retrieval, SIGIR 2017.
    |paper| |dataset|
  • M. Trapp, M. Skowron, D. Schabus
    "Retrieving Compositional Documents Using Position-Sensitive Word Mover’s Distance"
    The 3rd ACM International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval, ICTIR 2017.
  • M. Skowron, F. Lemmerich, B. Ferwerda, M. Schedl
    "Predicting Genre Preferences from Cultural and Socio-economic Factors for Music Retrieval"
    The 39th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2017.
    |paper|
  • M. Skowron, M. Tkalcic, B. Ferwerda, M. Schedl
    "Fusing Social Media Cues: Personality Prediction from Twitter and Instagram"
    25th International World Wide Web Conference, Poster Track. WWW 2016
    |paper|
  • A. Vall, M. Skowron, P. Knees, M. Schedl
    "Improving Music Recommendations with a Weighted Factorization of the Tagging Activity"
    16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2015
    |paper|
  • I. Mironica, B. Ionescu, M. Sjöberg, M. Schedl, M. Skowron
    "RFA at MediaEval 2015 Affective Impact of Movies Task: A Multimodal Approach"
    MediaEval 2015
    |paper|
  • V. Gligorijevic, M. Suvakov, M. Skowron, B. Tadic
    "Patterns of Online Chats with Emotional Bots: Data Analysis and Agent-Based Simulations"
    CyberEmotions Conference 2013.
  • 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:

  • M. Trapp, R. Peharz, M. Skowron, T. Madl, F. Pernkopf, R. Trappl
    "Structure Inference in Sum-Product Networks using Infinite Sum-Product Trees"
    Practical Bayesian Nonparametrics, NIPS 2016
    |paper|
  • 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:

  • M. Schedl, F. Lemmerich, B. Ferwerda, M. Skowron, P. Knees
    "Indicators of Country Similarity in Terms of Music Taste, Cultural, and Socio-economic Factors"
    Proceedings of the 19th IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia - IEEE ISM 2017

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

  • Reviewer:
  • Program Committee Member:
      • SwissText 2018 - The Third Swiss Text Analytics Conference.
      • AffCon2018 - The AAAI-18 Workshop on Affective Content Analysis.
      • EDO 2017 - The Second Workshop on Processing Emotions, Decisions and Opinions, part of 2017 Language and Technology Conference.
      • LaCATODA 2017 - Symposium on Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches To Dialog Agents
      • ICIDS 2017 - 10th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling.
      • HUMANIZE 2017 - Theory-Informed User Modeling for Tailoring and Personalizing Interfaces, in conjunction with the 22nd ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
      • ICIDS 2016 - 9th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling.
      • KONVENS 2016 - Conference on Natural Language Processing.
      • EDO 2015 - Workshop on Processing Emotions, Decisions and Opinions, part of 7th Language and Technology Conference.
      • SoMeRA 2015 - 2nd International Workshop on Social Media Retrieval and Analysis, in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2015).
      • Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems - KICSS 2014
      • 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - IVA 2014
      • Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems - KICSS 2013
      • 2nd Workshop on Practice and Theory of Opinion Mining and Sentiment Analysis - PATHOS 2013
      • 13th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - IVA 2013
      • AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012, Symposium on Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches To Dialog Agents LaCATODA 2012
      • COST 2102 International Training School - Cross Modal Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
      • Summer School "ENGAGE" - Immersive and Engaging Interaction with VH on Internet.
      • COST 2102 International Conference on Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication and Enactment: The Processing Issuess
      • 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
  • Organizer:

    Membership

    Call for papers:

    • AffCon2018 - The AAAI-18 Workshop on Affective Content Analysis.

    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.

    • One Million Posts Corpus
      An annotated data set consisting of user comments posted to an Austrian newspaper website (in German language).
      This dataset is provided as Supplementary Information for the article:
      "One Million Posts: A Data Set of German Online Discussions" by D. Schabus, M. Skowron, M. Trapp . Proceedings of the 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR) pp. 1241-1244, 2017

    • 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