Humor is a yet underdeveloped research area in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). That used also to be the case for emotions but nowadays emotion theories from psychology are embraced by HCI researchers working on affective computing. Will the same happen with humor? In this talk we will look at attempts to model humor, going from verbal to pervasive humor, and we will show examples of humor in smart environments and playable cities that have become possible because of new sensor and actuator technology. Rather than making a humorous remark, can we expect that in the future smart technology allows us to create humorous situations?
Anton Nijholt, University of Twente & Imagineering Institute, Malaysia