Società Italiana Reti Neuroniche


Call for papers on

Dynamics of Signal Exchanges and Empathic Systems

Special Session of the 30th Italian Workshop on Neural Networks WIRN 2022

WIRN 2022 is sponsored by the Italian Society of Neural Networks (SIREN, ) in co‐operation with the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS,

Sept 7-9, 2022, Vietri sul Mare, Salerno, Italy.

Instructions on how to reach the Conference Location are on

This special session is sponsored by the following EU and Italian projects:

devoted to the implementation of socially and emotionally believable ICT interfaces.


The themes of this special session are multidisciplinary in nature, and closely connected in their final aims to identifying features from realistic dynamics of signal exchanges. Such dynamics characterize, formal and informal social signals, communication modes, hearing and vision processes, and brain functionalities. Of particular interest are analyses of visual, written and auditory information and corresponding computational efforts to automatically detect and interpret their semantic and pragmatic contents. Related applications of these interdisciplinary facets are ICT interfaces able to detect health and affective states of their users, interpret their psychological and behavioral patterns and support them through positively designed interventions aiming at improving their quality of life.


Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Empathic conversational systems and agent
  • Applications for mental health and wellbeing
  • Signals for detecting affective wellbeing and emotional states
  • Detection of health and psychological states from multimodal signals
  • Social networks for information spread and share
  • Empathic ICT interfaces
  • Computational Architectures for Affective Systems
  • Supervised and Unsupervised Learning Algorithms in Affective Systems
  • Human and/or machine encoding and decoding of behavioral patterns
  • Human daily cognitive activities


Anna Esposito is with the Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Department of Psychology and the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS), Italy. Email:

Zoraida Callejas is with University of Granada, Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos, Granada, Spain. Email:

Marialucia Cuciniello is with the Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Department of Psychology, and the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS), Italy. Email:

Antonietta M. Esposito is with the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Napoli Osservatorio Vesuviano, Napoli, Italy. Email:

Gennaro Cordasco is with the Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Department of Psychology and the International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS), Italy. Email:

Nelson Mauro Maldonato is with the Università di Napoli “Federico II”, Dipartimento di Neuroscienze and Reproductive Odontostomatological Sciences, Italy. Email:

Francesco Carlo Morabito is with the Università degli Studi “Mediterranea” di Reggio Calabria, Italy. Email:


  • Paper Submission Deadline: Jun 30, 2022 (only an extended abstract uploaded to Easy Chair)
  • Notification of acceptance: Jul 30, 2022
  • Camera-ready copy: Sept 1, 2022 (final paper submission max. 8-10 pages)
  • Conference Dates: Sept 7-9, 2022


  • The accepted contributions will be published by the Springer series on “Smart Innovation Systems and Technologies” (see for formatting guidelines and templates). The maximum paper length is 8-10 pages. All manuscripts should be submitted through the Easy Chair conference system using the following link: When logged into Easy Chair please specify the name of the special session as: Dynamics of Signal Exchanges and Empathic Systems”
  • NEW The authors of 4-6 relevant best papers from this special session will be invited to submit significantly extended versions of their presented papers (with at least 60% new content) to be considered for publication in the Springer’s Cognitive Computation journal (
  • Please do not hesitate to contact Anna Esposito (Email: or Gennaro Cordasco ( for further clarifications.


  • The registration fee is 250 euros and includes the social dinner.
  • Registration must be done through bank transfer and receipts must be exhibited at the conference.

Account Holder:

SIREN – Società Italiana Reti Neuroniche, Via G. Pellegrino, 19, 84019

Vietri sul Mare (SA), Italy

Bank Name:

UBI-Banca/Intesa San Paolo


Filiale di Salerno – Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 172


IT 38F 03069 152161 000000 12651 (ISP)




WIRN 2022 conference

For further details please contact Miss Tina Nappi (Email: