Submissions are invited for a special issue of IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (IEEE CIM) on Computational Intelligence for Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis.

Emotions are intrinsically part of our mental activity and play a key role in communication and decision-making processes. Emotion is a chain of events made up of feedback loops. Feelings and behavior can affect cognition, just as cognition can influence feeling. Emotion, cognition, and action interact in feedback loops and emotion can be viewed in a structural model tied to adaptation. Besides being important for the advancement of AI, detecting and interpreting emotional information is key in multiple areas of computer science, e.g., human- agent, -computer, and -robot interaction, but also e-learning, e-health, domotics, automotive, security, user profiling and personalization.

In recent years, emotion and sentiment analysis has become increasingly popular also for processing social media data on social networks, online communities, blogs, Wikis, microblogging platforms, and other online collaborative media. The distillation of knowledge from such a big amount of unstructured information, however, is an extremely difficult task, as the contents of today's Web are perfectly suitable for human consumption, but remain hardly accessible to machines. The opportunity to capture the opinions of the general public about social events, political movements, company strategies, marketing campaigns, and product preferences has raised growing interest both within the scientific community, leading to many exciting open challenges, as well as in the business world, due to the remarkable benefits to be had from marketing and financial market prediction.

Most of existing approaches to affective computing and sentiment analysis are still based on the syntactic representation of text, a method that relies mainly on word co-occurrence frequencies. Such algorithms are limited by the fact that they can only process information they can 'see'. As human text processors, we do not have such limitations as every word we see activates a cascade of semantically related concepts, relevant episodes, emotions, and sensory experiences, all of which enable the completion of complex NLP tasks — such as word-sense disambiguation, textual entailment, and semantic role labeling — in a quick and effortless way. Computational intelligence can aid to mimic the way humans process and analyze text and, hence, overcome the limitations of standard approaches to affective computing and sentiment analysis.

Articles are thus invited in areas such as machine learning, active learning, transfer learning, deep neural networks, neural and cognitive models, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computation, natural language processing, commonsense reasoning, and big data computing. Topics include, but are not limited to:
• Context-dependent sentiment analysis
• Deep learning for personality detection
• Deep learning for sarcasm detection
• Tensor fusion networks for sentiment analysis
• Multi-level attention networks for sentiment analysis
• Affective commonsense reasoning
• Statistical learning theory for big social data analysis
• Concept-level sentiment analysis
• Social network modeling and analysis
• Multilingual emotion and sentiment analysis
• Multimodal emotion recognition and sentiment analysis
• Aspect extraction for opinion mining
• Sentic computing
• Conceptual primitives for sentiment analysis
• Affective human-agent, -computer, and -robot interaction
• User profiling and personalization
• Time-evolving sentiment tracking

Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Notification of Review Results: June 15th, 2018
Submission of Revised Manuscripts: July 15th, 2018
Submission of Final Manuscript: September 15th, 2018
Special Issue Publication: Mid-January 2019 (February 2019 Issue)

The Special Issue will consist of 3 or 4 papers on novel computational intelligence techniques for mining and analyzing emotions and opinions in text, but also in other modalities. Some papers may survey various aspects of the topic. The balance between these will be adjusted to maximize the issue's impact. All articles are expected to successfully negotiate the standard review procedures for IEEE CIM and shall be submitted via Easychair.

• Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
• Soujanya Poria, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
• Amir Hussain, University of Stirling (UK)
• Bing Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)