LINGUIST List 9.354

Tue Mar 10 1998

Calls: ICOLL'98 (Texas A&M), Conversational Characters

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  1. Claire Carly, ICOLL Conference--Texas A&M University
  2. Scott A. Prevost, Workshop on Embodied Conversational Characters

Message 1: ICOLL Conference--Texas A&M University

Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 21:50:19 -0600 (CST)
From: Claire Carly <>
Subject: ICOLL Conference--Texas A&M University

 "Negotiating Boundaries"
 18 & 19 September 1998
 Texas A&M University


The English Graduate Student Association of Texas A&M University
announces its Interdisciplinary Conference on Language and Literature.
You are invited to submit creative writing and abstracts (500 words)
addressing any aspect of the conference's theme, "Negotiating
Boundaries." Panel proposals are also encouraged and should include
the panel's title, participants' names, and abstracts. All approaches
in the humanities are welcome. Possible topics might include but are
certainly not limited to:

* Negotiating Boundaries of Region, Race, Class, Gender, and/or
* Writing from the Margin; Writing from the Center
* Passing--Race and/or Gender
* Cross-Dressing
* Fin-de-siecle Literature and Culture (any century)
* Constructions of "High," "Middlebrow," and "Low" Culture
* Negotiating Boundaries in the Visual and Performing Arts
* Literary Genres (the Novel, Poetry, Auto/Biography, etc.)
* Mixing Literary Genres/Writing about Literary Genres
* Constructing Authorial Identities
* Children's Literature
* Creative Writing Submissions
* Negotiating Boundaries Between Academic Disciplines
* Literary, Theoretical, Historical, Sociological, Anthropological,
* Philosophical, and/or Psychological Perspectives on Negotiating

The following topics are being sponsored by the Discourse-Oriented
Student Society (DOSS) of Texas A&M. If your submission relates to
any of these topics, please write "DOSS" on your abstract or panel

* Graduate Student/Teacher--Negotiating Boundaries in Academia and in
	the Classroom
* Boundaries in Functional Linguistics and Discourse Analysis
* Interstices in Classical and Modern Rhetoric
* Boundaries within Technical Writing

Conference Date and Location: 

18-19 September 1998
Texas A&M University

Deadline for Submissions: Postmarked by Friday, 29 May 1998

Please Address Submissions to: Claire Carly
 Dept. of English
 Texas A&M University
 College Station, TX 77843-4227

For more information, please contact Claire Carly at:

Or visit our website at:
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Message 2: Workshop on Embodied Conversational Characters

Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 13:39:42 PST
From: Scott A. Prevost <>
Subject: Workshop on Embodied Conversational Characters

	The First Workshop on Embodied Conversational Characters

 Granlibakken Resort & Conference Center at Lake Tahoe
 Tahoe City (North Shore)
 California, USA

 October 12-15, 1998

 With the support of AAAI
 Cooperation of ACM/SIGCHI

Call for Papers

Recent advances in several core software technologies have made
possible a new type of human-computer interface: the conversational
character. Conversational characters are autonomous, anthropomorphic,
animated figures that have the ability to communicate through multiple
modalities, including spoken language, facial expressions, and
gestures. Unlike textual natural language interfaces, conversational
characters have the ability to perceive and produce the verbal and
non-verbal signals that identify discourse structure and regulate the
flow of information between interlocutors. Such signals include
intonational patterns, gestures, back-channel feedback signals, and
turn-taking protocols. These capabilities enable them to engage in
complex interactions with human users via natural speech rather than
complex command languages, menus or graphical manipulations.

Research on conversational characters has emerged from a number of
disciplines, including, among others, artificial intelligence,
computational linguistics, computer animation, computer vision,
psychology, cognitive science, virtual reality, CSCW, and HCI. This
diversity is naturally reflected in the broad range of active research
areas in conversational character interfaces.

The primary goal of this workshop is to advance the state of
conversational character research and development by identifying novel
approaches to the topics and issues listed below, and integrating them
into a framework for embodied, conversational human-computer
interaction. Selected contributors will be invited to expand and
refine their papers for inclusion in a book to be published by
Addison-Wesley. The aims of this book will be to introduce, define,
and advance the field; to give a snapshot of current work in it; and
to suggest future challenges and opportunities.

Particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Multi-Modal Interaction * Autonomy
* Recognition & perception of speech, * Behavior/dialogue planning
 gesture, facial expressions, etc.
* Distribution of semantic information * Reactivity and opportunism
 across multiple modalities
* Rendering techniques * Representation
* Semantic representations for * Character individuation
 non-verbal communication
* Dialogue planning * Affect and personality
* Turn-taking and back-channel signals * User Studies
* Spoken Language Processing * Tools for character
* Discourse structure building/authoring
* Intonation 
* Architectures & Applications

Papers should address one or more of these topics. Demonstrations and
video presentations of working systems are strongly encouraged.


The two and a half-day workshop will include several paper sessions,
organized around emerging themes, with follow-up panel discussions. In
addition, there will be a demonstration session for authors to present
working systems.


Attendance will be limited to 35-40 people. Preference will be given
to authors whose papers have been selected for presentation at the

Submission Requirements

Paper submissions are due on June 15, 1998, and should be no longer
than 6 pages (10-12 point font). Upon acceptance, authors will be
given the opportunity to expand their papers to 8-10 pages. Electronic
submissions in Postscript or Microsoft Word formats are preferred, and
should be sent to Otherwise, send four
hardcopies to:

 Scott Prevost
 ATTN: Embodied Conversational Characters Workshop
 FX Palo Alto Laboratory
 3400 Hillview Avenue, Bldg. 4
 Palo Alto, CA 94304
 Voice: 650/813-7701


Submissions due June 15th
Notification of acceptance August 17th
Final papers due September 14th
Workshop October 12th -15th

Workshop Organizers

Joseph W. Sullivan, FX Palo Alto Lab, USA (
Justine Cassell, MIT Media Laboratory, USA (

Workshop Program Committee

Committee Co-Chairs:
Scott Prevost, FX Palo Alto Lab, USA (
Elizabeth Churchill, FX Palo Alto Lab, USA (

Committee Members:
Elisabeth Andre, DFKI GmbH, Germany (
Gene Ball, Microsoft Research, USA (
Phil Cohen, Oregon Graduate Institute, USA (
Barbara Hayes-Roth, Stanford Univ., USA (
Kenji Mase, ATR International, Japan (
Clifford Nass, Stanford University, USA (
Mark Steedman, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kris Thorisson, Lego A/S, Denmark (

Demos Chair:
Timothy Bickmore, ISII Inc., USA (

Additional Information

For more information, please consult the workshop web page:
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