[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: ICMI Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces in Semantic Interaction

Naoto Iwahashi naoto.iwahashi at atr.jp
Sun Aug 19 21:54:01 PDT 2007

                  ===== Second Call For Papers =====

      Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces in Semantic Interaction
         at International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces

                       Date: November 15, 2007
                   Venue: Nagoya Noh Theater, Japan

                       New deadline: AUGUST 31
                     The submission site is open:

Invited Speakers: 
  Gerhard Sagerer (Bielefeld University, Germany) 
  Jordan Zlatev (Lunds University, Sweden) 

Important Dates:
  Paper Submission deadline: August 31 (Extended) 
  Acceptance notification: September 14 
  Full-version camera-ready paper due: September 30 

With the advances in ubiquitous networks, data mining, communication
robots, and sensing technologies, various information on the real
world has become available in real time. This information, presented
to the user, not only makes it possible to support his or her
intellectual activities but may also be utilized as context, thus
opening great possibilities of achieving situated intelligent

The information systems and robots that support human activities in
everyday life should ideally have functions that allow them to
interact with humans adaptively according to context, such as the
situation in the real world and each human's individual
characteristics. For instance, these functions might include the
ability to understand the user's intention through his or her
utterances, as well as the ability to provide suitable information at
appropriate timing.

In order to realize such interaction-as semantic interaction-it is
necessary to extract and use the valuable context information needed
for understanding interaction from the obtained real-world
information. This context information is multimodal information at
several levels: 1) raw information obtained from sensors, 2)
information obtained through categorization, and 3) the relationships
between categories.

In semantic interaction, it is important for the user and the machine
to share knowledge and an understanding of a given situation. Thus, it
is necessary to infer the user's intention and to represent the
machine's inner state naturally through speech, images, graphics,
manipulators, and so on. This is achieved based on the multimodal
context information. Accordingly, the development of multimodal
interfaces is a very important research theme.

The goal of this workshop is to gather researchers active in the above
field, or related domains, to discuss theories, basic technologies,
and application systems. We are looking for position papers as well as
research papers that debate or contribute to the following (and other
related) areas:

 * Extraction of context information from the real world
 * Situated interaction using context information
 * Theories and basic technologies on the grounding of language
 * Situated dialogue system
 * Human-robot interaction
 * Inference of intention and mental state from user's behavior
 * Processing of emotion and paralinguistic information
 * Embodiment in semantic interaction
 * Adaptation, learning, and development for semantic interaction
 * Active sensing for semantic interaction

The program committee welcomes the submission of long papers for full
plenary presentation as well as short papers and demonstrations. Short
papers and demo descriptions will be featured in short plenary

 * Long papers must be no longer than 8 pages, including title,
   examples, references, etc.
 * Short papers and demo descriptions should aim to be 4 pages or less
   (including title, examples, references, etc.).

Please use the official ACM format: 
Submission of papers must be done electronically in PDF format using
the link:

Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to the organizers.
Authors are encouraged to make illustrative materials available, on
the web or otherwise.


  Naoto Iwahashi (National Institute of Information and Communications
                 Technology) naoto.iwahashi at nict.go.jp
  Mikio Nakano   (Honda Research Institute Japan) nakano at jp.honda-ri.com 

Program Committee:

  Hideki Asoh (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
               Technology, Japan)
  Masahiro Araki (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan) 
  Michael Beetz (Munich University of Technology, Germany) 
  James Glass (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) 
  Christian Goerick (Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany) 
  Tetsunari Inamura (National Institute of Informatics, Japan) 
  Frederic Kaplan (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, France)
  Tetsunori Kobayashi (Waseda University, Japan) 
  Helen Meng (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) 
  Takayuki Nagai (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan) 
  Tsuneo Nitta (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan) 
  Natsuki Oka (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan) 
  Hiroyuki Okada (Tamagawa University, Japan) 
  Hiroshi G. Okuno (Kyoto University, Japan) 
  Candace Sidner (BAE Systems, USA) 
  David Traum (University of Southern California, USA) 


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