[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 3rd CFP - Intelligent Virtual Agents Conference 2017 (IVA 2017)

Maike Paetzel maike.paetzel at it.uu.se
Fri Mar 31 05:26:06 PDT 2017

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3rd Call for Papers

17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2017)

August 27-30
Stockholm, Sweden




Paper, Poster and Demo Submissions

Submissions Deadline: 14 April 2017
Author Notification: 5 June 2017
Camera Ready Version: 10 July 2017

Video Gala

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2017


IVAs are interactive digital characters that exhibit human-like qualities and can
communicate with humans and each other using natural human modalities like facial
expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition,
emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments.

The International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) is an
interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting
research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with
a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior.


IVA 2017's special topic is 'Situated Intelligent Agents', that is, agents that
have awareness of and/or make use of their environment (physical or virtual). The
theme will address the synergies between agents with different embodiments, from
embodied virtual characters to social robots. Advances in both domains require the
development of computational capabilities that allow robots and virtual characters
to engage in those direct, unstructured and dynamically evolving social interactions
that characterise humans.

We will particularly welcome contributions that address the cross-fertilization of
state-of-the-art insights and methods from the domains of embodied virtual
characters, computer games, social robotics, and social sciences in order to support
the development of skills necessary to enable the vision of designing better machines
capable of achieving better action, better awareness and better interaction to engage
in intuitive, lifelike, sustained encounters with individuals and groups.


Bilge Mutlu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Iain Matthews, Oculus Research, USA


Design, Modeling and Evaluation

* design criteria and design methodologies
* evaluation methodologies and user studies
* ethical considerations and societal impact
* applicable lessons from other fields (e.g. robotics)
* improvisational or dramatic interaction
* dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
* models of multimodal perception and action
* models of emotionally communicative behavior
* models of conversational behavior
* models of narrative and storytelling
* theoretical foundations and formal models
* learned, evolved or emergent 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 platforms: desktop, single vs. multi-user, virtual or augmented or
mixed reality, robots
* future or current experience in various fields, e.g. Interactive narrative
and story-telling, computer games, art and entertainment, education and training,
simulation and visualization


Paper, Demo and Poster Submissions

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short papers
(8 pages), or poster papers (4 pages). We also welcome demonstrations (4 pages; please
submit a short description including any requests for space or equipment).
Submissions should be anonymous and in Springer LNCS format. Detailed paper
author instructions will be available on the IVA 2017 website (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iva2017.org&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AMyY0fpKFRPfwA5YBtZTQB_KfnGty2YU1qWsaOd8NoE&s=c5bJV7_ey9JJ5Cb7aQHsFg-vG0UOTnYoHcEH1FmENrA&e= ).
All submissions should be made through the conference review system.

Workshops and Video Gala

IVA will also feature workshops and a video Gala, which is a video
showcase of projects involving animated like-life agents. See this link for
examples of the Gala entries from IVA 2016: http://iva2016.ict.usc.edu/video-gala/.
The respective submission details for these events will be available nearer to the
conference date and will be announced in upcoming calls for papers on the conference
website (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__iva2017.org&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AMyY0fpKFRPfwA5YBtZTQB_KfnGty2YU1qWsaOd8NoE&s=c5bJV7_ey9JJ5Cb7aQHsFg-vG0UOTnYoHcEH1FmENrA&e= ).


Conference Chairs
Jonas Beskow, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Christopher Peters, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ginevra Castellano, Uppsala University

Program Chairs
Carol O'Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin
Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld

Workshop Chairs
Candace Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Björn Thuresson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sponsorship Chair
André Pereira, Furhat Robotics

Posters & Demo Chair
Catharine Oertel, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Gala Chair
Jens Edlund, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Publications Chairs
Maurizio Mancini, Università degli Studi di Genova
Giovanna Varni, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Publicity Chair
Maike Paetzel, Uppsala University

Fangkai Yang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Senior Program Committee
Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University
Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University
Joost Broekens, Delft University of Technology
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente
Jill Lehman, Disney Research Pittsburgh
James Lester, North Carolina State
Stacy Marsella, Northeastern University
Yukiko Nakano, Seikei University
Michael Neff, UC Davis
Ana Paiva, INESC-ID and University of Lisbon
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS - ISIR, Pierre et Marie Curie University
Laurel Riek, UC San Diego
Stefan Scherer, University of Southern California
Gabriel Skantze, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Hannes Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University
Michael Young, University of Utah

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