Call for papers

Special Issue on Reliable Automatic Facial Coding

International Journal on Image and Vision Computing (IVCJ)

Submission Deadline: Wednesday 15 May

I. Aim And Scope

Automatic Facial Action Coding, in particular FACS Action Unit coding, has continued to see steady progress since the first challenge in automatic facial expression recognition was held (FERA 2011). Two more FACS challenges have been organised since then (FERA 2015 and 2017), which opened benchmarking to interactive scenarios using the SEMAINE database, and to spontaneous emotions and non-frontal head-poses using the BP4D database. Other benchmarking databases have also been widely used, e.g. the DISFA or UNBC-McMaster shoulder-pain expression archive database.

We are calling for papers in the broad area of facial action coding, with a stated interest in and focus on fair comparison on aspects of occurrence and intensity estimation accuracy, computational complexity, robustness to the prevailing challenging conditions, and reproducability of results. All submissions *must* report on the three FERA testsets (2011, 2015, and 2017), in addition to any other data sets authors wish to report on. Reults on the FERA testsets will be included in a summary of the special issue.

II. Themes

* Action Unit Occurrence detection
* Action Unit intensity estimation
* FACS analysis for human behaviour interpretation
* FACS analysis under challenging conditions
* Deep Learning for Automatic Facial Coding
* Multimodal and multi-cue behaviour analysis using FACS

III. Submission

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the “Information for Authors” of the journal found at and submissions should be done through the same webpage, using “SI: Reliable Automatic Facial Coding”.

IV. Important Dates

15 May 2017 –- Deadline for manuscript submission
26 July 2017 – Notification of authors
6 September 2017– Deadline for revised manuscripts
8 November 2017– Final version

For further information, please contact one of the Guest Editors listed below.

V. Guest Editors

Dr Michel Valstar
School of Computer Science,
University of Nottingham, UK

Prof Jeff Cohn
Department of Psychology/Robotics Institute
University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University, USA
jeffcohn @

Prof Lijun Yin
Department of Computer Science
Binghamton University – State University of New York, USA