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Subject: [ E-CFP ] IVA 2013 Call for papers
From: <beskow_(on)_kth.se>
Date received: 12 Dec 2012
Deadline: 14 Apr 2013
Start date: 29 Aug 2013

Thirteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/iva2013/ August 29-31st Edinburgh,
Scotland, UK
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 facial
expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time
perception, cognition and action that allows them to participate
in dynamic social environments.

IVA 2013 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main
leading scientific forum for presenting research on modelling,
developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents with a focus
on communicative abilities and social behaviour. 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

SPECIAL TOPIC: "Virtual Agents and Cognition". In 2013 the IVA
conference will have a special theme on cognitive modelling in
Virtual Agents. 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
IVAs and models of personality; theory of mind; learning and
adaptation; motivation and goal-management; creativity; social
and culturally-specific behaviour. Models must be explicitly
related to IVAs but need not be implemented as yet. Application
areas include social and culture training, heritage,
entertainment and persuasive interaction. Issues include how
systems relate to the original theory and how they can be


Design, Modelling and Evaluation of IVAs
* design criteria and design methodologies
* evaluation methodologies and user studies
* ethical considerations and social impact
* applicable lessons from other fields (e.g. robotics)
* improvisational or dramatic interaction
* dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behaviour
* models of multimodal perception and action
* models of emotionally communicative behaviour
* models of conversational behaviour
* design of virtual actors
* Other (non cognition-inspired) conceptual frameworks and models
  for IVAs

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 modelling 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

Special Topic: IVAs and Cognition: Conceptual Frameworks and
Models ***Note that papers are expected to relate models
discussed SPECIFICALLY to IVAs**
* selecting a 'good' cognitive model for agents (theoretical
  foundations, formal models for virtual agents and proofs of
* stages of autonomy (from avatars to agents)
* cognitive models for perception and/or ?behaviour generation
* simulations of groups and crowds (crowd behaviours,
  action-perception loops in crowds)
* learning and adapting IVAs (learned, evolved or emergent
  knowledge and/or behaviour)
* long-term management of IVA goals
* drives, motivations, action selection systems for IVAs
* socially and culturally competent IVAs
* personality and emotion models for IVAs
* Theory of Mind models for IVAs
* evaluation approaches for IVAs with embedded cognitive models

SUBMISSION DETAILS 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. The proceedings will be published in the Springer LNCS
series. For details on how to submit your paper, consult the
conference web site:http://www.cstr.ed.ac.uk/iva2013/

Papers should be identified as within one of four thematic
sections: 1.Technologies; 2. Theory and models; 3. Novel systems
and applications; 4.Evaluation and studies.

Important Dates
* Submission of all papers: April 14th
* Notification of acceptance: May 20th
* Camera-ready copies: June 3rd
* Conference: August 29th-31st

ORGANIZATION Conference Chairs
* Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
* Brigitte Krenn, OFAI, Austria
* Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, France
* Hiroshi Shimodaira, Edinburgh University, UK

Poster and Demo Chair
* Matthew Aylett, Edinburgh University, UK

Workshop Chair:
* Jonas Beskow, KTH, Sweden

Doctoral Consortium Chair
* Lynne Hall, University of Sunderland, UK


Please visit the conference web site

Jonas Beskow, Associate professor KTH Centre for Speech
Technology Lindstedstvägen 24 10044 Stockholm

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