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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Deadline Extension: IUI-WS Enculturating Interfaces
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Email:   matthias.rehm_(on)_informatik.uni-augsburg.de
Date received:   19 Nov 2007
Deadline:   21 Nov 2007
Start date:   13 Jan 2008

THE PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO NOV 21, 2007 (11:59 pm SPAIN TIME) !!!! IUI-Workshop on ENCULTURATING CONVERSATIONAL INTERFACES BY SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATION Canary Islands, January 13, 2008 http://mm-werkstatt.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/ECI/ The workshop is centered around three main research challenges: 1. Computationally viable models of cultural aspects of conversations: Cultural norms and values penetrate all our communications and interactions by giving us heuristics how to behave and how to interpret the verbal and nonverbal behavior of others. To make such a notion like culture available for computation, we need a very specific theory of culture that takes its effects on communication and interaction into account. Questions to be answered include: Are there computationally viable models/theories of culture? How to compute cultural characteristcs in communciation? What types/aspects of verbal/nonverbal behaviors are cultural specific, and what are universal? 2. Reliable empirical data on cultural/cross-cultural interaction: To realize technical systems that take cultural influences on behavior into account, precise data analysis on how this influence manifests itself is necessary. In the literature statements are often given in very general forms without references to the precise data on which the observations are based. Questions to be answered include: Where and how to get reliable empirical data about cultural pattern of interaction and interpretation? How can verbal and nonverbal behaviors be analysed to gain insights into cultural specific aspects of face-to-face communications? 3. Enculturating conversational interfaces: Having identified cultural influences on verbal/nonverbal communicative behaviors, it remains to be shown how this can be applied to the development of human-computer interfaces. Questions to be answered include: How can interfaces reflect cultural norms and values of communication? How can culture specific/adaptive interfaces further cultural awareness? Are interface agents the ideal way of enculturating the coversational interfaces e.g. by adapting to the user's cultural background, by presenting information in a culturally accepted way, or even by serving as role-playing partners to increase cultural awareness in serious games? The workshop aims at bringing together researchers from computer science, psychology, linguistics, and cultural studies to discuss the state of the art in the area, explore modes of cooperation and identify the challenges to be tackled in the future. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: * Computationally viable models of cultural aspects of conversations * Reliable empirical data on cultural/cross-cultural interaction * Interfaces that reflect cultural norms and values * Virtual agents as cultural interfaces * Adapting to the user's cultural background Important dates * Paper submission: Wednesday, 21 November, 2007 * Notification of acceptance: Monday, 10 December * Camera-ready Paper due: Sunday, 16 December, 2007 Papers should adhere to the IUI format and will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee. For further details please visit http://mm-werkstatt.informatik.uni-augsburg.de/ECI/ Program Committee * Jens Allwood * Elisabeth André * Justine Cassell * Katherine Isbister * Toru Ishida * Tomoko Koda * Yukiko Nakano * Toyoaki Nishida * Catherine Pelachaud * Matthias Rehm * Zsófia Ruttkay -- Dr. Matthias Rehm
 

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