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        1.     Hannes Vilhjalmsson , 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Message 1: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Date: 08-Feb-2011
From: Hannes Vilhjalmsson <hannesru.is>
Subject: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
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Full Title: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Short Title: IVA

Date: 15-Sep-2011 - 17-Sep-2011
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Contact Person: Hannes Vilhjalmsson
Meeting Email: iva2011ru.is
Web Site: http://iva2011.ru.is

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational
Linguistics

Call Deadline: 26-Apr-2011

Meeting Description:

Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that exhibit
human-like qualities and communicate with humans or with each other using
natural human modalities such as speech and gesture. They are capable of
realtime perception, cognition and action that allows them to participate in
dynamic social environments.

IVA 2011 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main forum for
presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent
virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. In
addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages
the showcasing of working applications. Researchers from the fields of
human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share
work with a relevance to intelligent virtual agents.

In 2011 the IVA conference will focus on Language and Culture. This topic
will touch on many aspects of Intelligent Virtual Agent theory and
application. To name a few areas, we will especially encourage submissions
that deal with spoken language interaction with agents, including dialog and
story-telling agents. Application areas include language and culture training,
heritage preservation and entertainment. Interesting issues include how
systems deal with a variety of languages, linguistic and cultural modeling,
and cultural differences in human-agent interaction.

Call For Papers

IVA 2011 is sponsored by Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of
Excellence, Bielefeld University (CITEC), Icelandic Institute for Intelligent
Machines (IIIM) and Reykjavik University. It is held in co-operation with AAAI
and EUROGRAPHICS.

Special Topic: 'Language and Culture'

In 2011 the IVA conference will focus on Language and Culture. This topic
will touch on many aspects of Intelligent Virtual Agent theory and
application. To name a few areas, we will especially encourage submissions
that deal with spoken language interaction with agents, including dialog and
story-telling agents. Application areas include language and culture training,
heritage preservation and entertainment. Interesting issues include how
systems deal with a variety of languages, linguistic and cultural modeling,
and cultural differences in human-agent interaction.

Topics of Interest:

Conceptual Frameworks for IVAs
- learned, evolved or emergent behavior
- improvisational or dramatic interaction
- stages of autonomy (from avatars to agents)
- simulations of groups and crowds
- face-to-face human-agent interaction

Design and Evaluation of IVAs
- design criteria and design methodologies
- evaluation methodologies and user studies
- ethical considerations and social impact
- dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
- models of personality and cultural awareness
- models of social competence
- models of multimodal perception and action
- models of emotional communicative behavior

Implementation and Applications of IVAs
- software engineering issues
- real-time integrated systems
- portability and reuse
- standards / measures to support interoperability
- specialized tools, toolkits and tool chains
- specialized modeling and animation technologies
- applications in games, education, art, etc.
- delivery on various platforms

Special Topic: Language and Culture
- conversational and story-telling agents
- spoken and multimodal dialog interaction
- language and culture training agents
- applications for heritage preservation
- multi-lingual and cross-cultural issues

Submission details:

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short
papers (6 pages), or poster papers (1-2 pages) in Springer Lecture Notes
in Computer Science (LNCS) format. For details on how to submit your
paper, consult the conference web site: http://iva2011.ru.is

Important Dates
- Submission of all papers: April 26
- Notification of acceptance: June 10
- Camera-ready copies: June 24
- Conference: September 15-17

Organization

Conference Chairs
- Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
- Kristinn R. Thórisson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
- Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany
- Stacy Marsella, University of Southern California, USA

Poster and Demo Chair
- Yngvi Björnsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland

Senior Program Committee
-Jan Allbeck, George Mason University, USA
- Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg University, Germany
- Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
- Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA
- Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA
- Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany
- Ana Paiva, INESC-ID, Portugal
- Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech, France
- Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Mark Riedl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Thomas Rist, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany
-Zsofia Ruttkay, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary

Local Conference Secretariat
RS Travel Solutions LP
Att: Ms. Ragnheiður Stefánsdóttir
Phone/Fax: (354) 568 7939 or (354) 892 7073
E-mail: iva2011rstravelsolutions.com

More Information:

Please visit the conference web site at: http://iva2011.ru.is
Or contact the conference chairs at: iva2011ru.is
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