Appel: Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), Reykjavik, Iceland

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Feb 18 21:22:51 UTC 2011

Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:39:03 +0000
From: iva2011 <iva2011 at>
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------------------------ IVA CFP (2nd) ------------------------
Eleventh International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
September 15-17, 2011
Reykjavik, Iceland
Please distribute the call

Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that
exhibit human-like qualities and communicate with humans or with each
other using natural human modalities such as speech and gesture. They
are capable of realtime perception, cognition and action that allows
them to participate in dynamic social environments.

IVA 2011 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main forum
for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating
intelligent virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and
social behavior. In addition to presentations on theoretical issues,
the conference encourages the showcasing of working
applications. Researchers from the fields of human-human and
human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a
relevance to intelligent virtual agents.

IVA 2011 is sponsored by Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of
Excellence, Bielefeld University (CITEC), USC Institute for Creative
Technologies, Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) and
Reykjavik University. It is held in co-operation with AAAI and

SPECIAL TOPIC: "Language and Culture"

In 2011 the IVA conference will focus on Language and Culture. This
topic will touch on many aspects of Intelligent Virtual Agent theory
and application. To name a few areas, we will especially encourage
submissions that deal with spoken language interaction with agents,
including dialog and story-telling agents. Application areas include
language and culture training, heritage preservation and
entertainment. Interesting issues include how systems deal with a
variety of languages, linguistic and cultural modeling, and cultural
differences in human-agent interaction.


Conceptual Frameworks for IVAs
    * learned, evolved or emergent behavior
    * improvisational or dramatic interaction
    * stages of autonomy (from avatars to agents)
    * simulations of groups and crowds
    * face-to-face human-agent interaction

Design and Evaluation of IVAs
    * design criteria and design methodologies
    * evaluation methodologies and user studies
    * ethical considerations and social impact
    * dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
    * models of personality and cultural awareness
    * models of social competence
    * models of multimodal perception and action
    * models of emotional communicative 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 on various platforms

Special Topic: Language and Culture
    * conversational and story-telling agents
    * spoken and multimodal dialog interaction
    * language and culture training agents
    * applications for heritage preservation
    * multi-lingual and cross-cultural issues

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages),
short papers (6 pages), or poster papers (1-2 pages) in Springer
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) format.  For details on how
to submit your paper, consult the conference web site:

Important Dates
    * Submission of all papers: April 26
    * GALA video submission: May 23
    * Notification of acceptance: June 10
    * Camera-ready copies: June 24
    * Conference: September 15-17

Conference Chairs

    * Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
    * Kristinn R. Thórisson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
    * Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany
    * Stacy Marsella, University of Southern California, USA

Poster and Demo Chair

    * Yngvi Björnsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland

Senior Program Committee

    * Jan Allbeck, George Mason University, USA 
    * Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg University, Germany  
    * Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK  
    * Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA  
    * Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA  
    * Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands  
    * Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany  
    * Ana Paiva, INESC-ID, Portugal  
    * Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech, France  
    * Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan 
    * Mark Riedl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA 
    * Thomas Rist, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany  
    * Zsofia Ruttkay, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary  

Local Conference Secretariat

    * RS Travel Solutions LP
      Att: Ms. Ragnheiður Stefánsdóttir
      Phone/Fax: (354) 568 7939 or (354) 892 7073
      E-mail: iva2011 at

Please visit the conference web site at:
Or contact the conference chairs at: iva2011 at


GALA is an annual festival, held in conjunction with IVA, to showcase
the latest Animated Lifelike Agents created by university students and
academic or industrial research groups. GALA consists of: (a) A final
video screening event; (b) The GALA Jury Award for student projects
and the GALA Public Award for any entry; (c) The permanent GALA
Gallery on the web; and (d) The possibility of a poster style paper (2
pages) in the IVA proceedings.

For GALA information see or
contact Phil Heslop at gala2011 at

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