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Wed Jun 06 2012

Calls: Computational Linguistics/USA

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Date: 06-Jun-2012
From: Francesca Bonin <>
Subject: Workshop on Multimodal Analyses Enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction
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Full Title: Workshop on Multimodal Analyses Enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction Short Title: MA3
Date: 15-Sep-2012 - 15-Sep-2012 Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA Contact Person: Francesca Bonin
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 02-Jul-2012

Meeting Description:

International Workshop on Multimodal Analyses for Human Machine Interaction

The workshop will be held on September 15 at the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, University of California, Santa Cruz (IVA 2012).

Workshop website: website:

Exploring how human beings interact with the world and with each other is of outstanding importance for creating what is commonly named intelligent behaviour in Human-Machine Interaction. In the scientific community there is a growing interest in new techniques aimed at obtaining a more natural and human like interaction with machines. It is important, in the framework of intelligent virtual agent, to find the space for a socially intelligent virtual agent.

An appropriate system whether it is a virtual agent or a companion-like device has to analyse multiple sources of information to interact with humans in a proper and socially aware way. Such modalities are in general speech and its content, mimicry, gesture, biological signals, etc., and in particular it is the prosodic and paralinguistic features of the speech, facial mimicry, and heart rate, etc.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss techniques for gathering and analysing information on multimodal signals, combining methods of analysis in order to understand the correlation between different sources of information (gesture, speech, motion, etc.), as well as understanding how the environment and the context can influence how participants react.

Agents and smart devices are already more than a pure system. They become companions and a kind of friend. Thus, a Human- Machine Interaction will be no longer fixed on a task solution; it will be more human like, and include elements of chat and non- fixed gestures. The workshop will discuss the combination of these different signals, to foster more human-like interactions with virtual agents.

Call for Papers:

Workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

Multimodal recognition and identification of user behaviourAwareness of the user's/agent's situation based on multimodal dataAnalysis of Human-Machine conversationsComparison of Human-Human vs. Human-Machine conversationsStrategies of multimodal Human-Machine InteractionAnalyses of speech and prosody wrt. paralinguistic featuresMimicry and gesture analysesUsing multimodal data sets for Human-Machine InteractionAnnotation and processing of multimodal data setsDevelopments and combinations of analysis methodsApplications of agents in Human-Machine Interaction

Author Instructions:

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short papers (6 pages), in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format.

To submit your paper, please go to

All submissions should be anonymous.

Submissions must describe substantial, original, completed and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis should be included. Submissions will be judged on correctness, originality, technical strength, significance, relevance to the conference, and interest to the attendees.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: July 2, 2012Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2012Camera-ready deadline: August 31, 2012Workshop date: September 15, 2012

Organising Committee:

Ronald Böck, Cognitive Systems Group, Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg, GermanyFrancesca Bonin, PhD candidate, Trinity College, Dublin, IrelandNick Campbell, Stock Professor, Speech and Communication Lab, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Program Committee:

Christian Becker-Asano, U Freiburg, GermanyLaurence Devillers, U Paris-Sorbonne 4, FranceJens Edlund, KTH Stockholm, SwedenDirk Heylen, U Twente, NetherlandsCostanza Navarretta U Copenhagen, DenmarkCatherine Pelanchaud, TELECOM ParisTech, FranceDietmar Rösner, U Magdeburg, GermanyStefan Scherer, USC, USABjörn Schuller, TU Munich, GermanyJianhua Tao, Chinese Ac. Sciences, ChinaThora Tenbrink, U Bremen, GermanyJürgen Trouvain, U Saarland, GermanyKhiet Truong, U Twente, NetherlandsMichel Valstar, U Nottingham, UKAndreas Wendemuth, U Magdeburg GermanyYorick Wilks, IHMC, USA

Contacts and Further Information:

Workshop website:

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