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Character Computing

  • Alia El Bolock
  • Yomna Abdelrahman
  • Slim Abdennadher

Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alia El Bolock
    Pages 1-16
  3. Cornelia Herbert, Alia El Bolock, Slim Abdennadher
    Pages 39-51
  4. Alia El Bolock, Slim Abdennadher, Cornelia Herbert
    Pages 53-71
  5. Yomna Abdelrahman
    Pages 73-85
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-166

About this book


The book gives an introduction into the theory and practice of the transdisciplinary field of Character Computing, introduced by Alia El Bolock.

The latest scientific findings indicate that “One size DOES NOT fit all” in terms of how to design interactive systems and predict behavior to tailor the interaction experience. Emotions are one of the essential factors that influence people’s daily experiences; they influence decision making and how different emotions are interpreted by different individuals. For example, some people may perform better under stress and others may break.

Building upon Rosalind Picard’s vision, if we want computers to be genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize, understand, even to have and express emotions and how different characters perceive and react to these emotions, hence having richer and truly tailored interaction experiences.

Psychological processes or personality traits are embedded in the existing fields of Affective and Personality Computing. However, this book is the first that systematically addresses this including the whole human character; namely our stable personality traits, our variable affective, cognitive and motivational states as well as our morals, beliefs and socio-cultural embedding. The book gives an introduction into the theory and practice of the transdisciplinary field of Character Computing. The emerging field leverages Computer Science and Psychology to extend technology to include the whole character of humans and thus paves the way for researchers to truly place humans at the center of any technological development.

 Character Computing is presented from three main perspectives:

● Profiling and sensing the character

● Leveraging characters to build ubiquitous character-aware systems                                                  

● Investigating how to extend Artificial Intelligence to create artificial characters


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alia El Bolock
    • 1
  • Yomna Abdelrahman
    • 2
  • Slim Abdennadher
    • 3
  1. 1.German University in CairoCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Bundeswehr University MunichNeubibergGermany
  3. 3.German University in CairoCairoEgypt

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Character Computing
  • Editors Alia El Bolock
    Yomna Abdelrahman
    Slim Abdennadher
  • Series Title Human–Computer Interaction Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Human–Computer Interaction Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-15953-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-15956-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-15954-2
  • Series ISSN 1571-5035
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-4477
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 166
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
  • Topics User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
    Applied Psychology
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