[robotics-worldwide] CFP: CASA 2012 Workshop on Autonomous Social Robots and Virtual Humans

Sebastien Dalibard (Dr) SDalibard at ntu.edu.sg
Thu Mar 1 18:47:58 PST 2012


CALL FOR PAPERS: CASA 2012 WORKSHOP ON AUTONOMOUS SOCIAL ROBOTS AND VIRTUAL HUMANS
PLACE: NEC, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
DATE : May 9, 2012
Web: http://conference.ntu.edu.sg/casa2012/Workshops/AutonomousSR-VH/Pages/AboutWorkshop.aspx

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IMPORTANT DATES
Workshop Date: May 9, 2012
Submission: March 30, 2012
Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2012
Camera/CD ready: April 27, 2012

Selected papers will be included in chapters of a book published by
Springer Verlag.

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The  Institute  for  Media  Innovation  (IMI),  Nanyang  Technological
University (NTU)  and the Computer Graphics Society  (CGS) are pleased
to  announce Autonomous  Social  Robots and  Virtual Humans  workshop,
alongside the 25th Annual  Conference on Computer Animation and Social
Agents  (CASA 2012),  is to  be held  on May  9, 2012  at  the Nanyang
Executive Centre (NEC) on the NTU campus in Singapore.

Autonomous social robots  and autonomous virtual humans have  a lot in
common  as they  can  both be  companions  for the  people from  young
children to elderly people,  and long-term interaction with both types
of companion is  now possible. The main difference  is that the social
robots   exist  physically   while  autonomous   Virtual   Humans  are
software-based visual agents.  We wish now to have  these physical and
virtual companions  more and more  capable of achieving more  and more
things and in an intelligent and autonomous way. In terms of research,
the problems  to solve for both  social robots and  virtual humans are
very similar.  Autonomy is one of  the big challenges in  the field of
computer animation.  We generally consider autonomy as  the quality or
state  of being  self-governing.  Perception of  the  elements in  the
environment is essential, as it  gives the social robot or the virtual
human the  awareness of what is  changing around it. It  is indeed the
most  important   element  that  one  should   simulate  before  going
further.  Most common  perceptions include  (but are  not  limited to)
visual and auditory feedback.  Adaptation and intelligence then define
how  the social robot  or the  virtual human  is capable  of reasoning
about  what   it  perceives,  especially   when  unpredictable  events
happen. On  the other hand,  when predictable elements are  showing up
again, it  is necessary to have  a memory capability,  so that similar
behaviour can be selected  again. Lastly, emotion instantaneously adds
realism by defining affective relationships between characters.

The  goal  of  this  workshop   is  to  attract  researchers  of  both
communities to share their methods, their ideas to for the development
of autonomous companions.

Papers are solicited in the following topics or related:

Affective computing,
Dialogue management,
Decision making,
Personality,
Expressive behavior generation,
Facial expression recognition,
Short-term and long-term memory,
Groups and collective behavior,
Vision, audition, and tactile,
Locomotion,
Hand gestures,
Learning (e.g. by example),
Emotion models,
Gaze Animation and attention,
Cooperation between humans and social robots.

Papers which deal with both social robots and virtual humans are especially welcomed.

Selected papers will be included in chapters of a book published by Springer Verlag.

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WORKSHOP KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro
ATR, Intelligent Robotics and Communication Labs, Kyoto;
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

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WORKSHOP ORGANING COMMITTEES
Dalibard, Sebastien, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Magnenat-Thalmann, Nadia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Thalmann, Daniel, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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SUBMISSION
Paper Submission Format

For workshop  paper submissions, please download  the instructions and
template. The  length of  the submissions is  limited to  15-20 pages.
Papers   should  be  submitted   in  the   PDF  file   format  through
EasyChair. Supplementary materials (e.g., videos) should be compressed
in the ZIP file format and uploaded to EasyChair.

The   review  process   is   double  blind.   Submissions  should   be
anonymous. For  more details,  please visit CASA  website.

Submission Link:
https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=casa2012

Contact Email:
CASA2012 at ntu.edu.sg

Website:
http://conference.ntu.edu.sg/casa2012/Workshops/AutonomousSR-VH/Pages/AboutWorkshop.aspx

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