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date: 16 April 2021

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The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing aims to be the definite reference for research in the burgeoning field of affective computing—a field that turns 18 at the time of writing. This introductory chapter is intended to convey the motivations of the editors and content of the chapters in order to orient the readers to the handbook. It begins with a very high overview of the field of affective computing along with a bit of reminiscence about its formation, short history, and major accomplishments. The five main sections of the handbook—history and theory, detection, generation, methodologies, and applications—are then discussed, along with a bird’s eye view of the 41 chapters covered in the book. This Introduction is devoted to short descriptions of the chapters featured in the handbook. A brief description of the Glossary concludes the Introduction.

Keywords: affective computing history, affective computing theory, emotion theories, affect detection, affect generation, methodologies, applications

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