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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   ECAI'08 Workshop on ECAs, speech and dialogue
Email:   ccallawa_(on)_inf.ed.ac.uk
Date received:   20 Feb 2008
Deadline:   10 Apr 2008
Start date:   21 Jul 2008

[Apologies for multiple postings] First Call for Papers for Integrating Embodied Conversational Agents with Speech and Advanced Dialogue Modeling A Workshop in conjunction with the European Conference on AI Monday 21st July, 2008 ? Patras, Greece http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/ws-ecai08/ Topics and Goal Language technology is a key component in human-computer interfaces, as it increases the chances for non-technical people to quickly and successfully interact with computers. Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) can similarly allow for easier communication as well as provide the familiarity they are used to in conversations in their daily lives, while reducing the required learning time. Research into ECAs has progressed to the point where it is common to include them as an interface option, even in deployed commercial systems like website assistants. However, like push-button telephone menus, their dialogue capabilities have been extremely limited, due to ECA research that has focused mainly on other issues such as believability and simulating low-level multi-agent turn-based communication. This workshop is intended to address this gap between the expectations and actual capabilities of dialogue in ECAs, focusing on application areas where it is already common to have ECA-based interaction. We welcome those researchers who are interested in studying adding ECAs to existing advanced dialogue systems, as well as those with applications involving ECAs who are interested in endowing them with the ability to communicate via richer natural language dialogue. A further aim of this workshop is the use of affect in speech for dialogue-based ECAs. Speech is a very natural form of interaction, and including affect in ECA based interfaces provides for a more natural style of human-human conversation, just as imperfect visual details underlie the "uncanny valley" phenomenon. Understanding a user's affective state and communicating the internal affective state in an ECA-based systems should provide for a more emotionally engaging experience for the user, while helping establish trust. We intend to explore topics from, but not limited to, the following areas: * Dialogue strategies involving computer participants * Infrastructure for interpretation and generation of natural language * Representation and reasoning needed to add ECAs to existing applications * Detecting affect in student utterances or generating affective feedback * Integration of language with other modalities (e.g., speech and gesture) * Authoring tools for ECAs that have dialogue systems * Rigorous evaluation of any of the above topics We welcome submissions for both oral (up to 8 pages) and poster presentation (up to 4 pages) describing original, previously unpublished research. Important Dates April 10, 2008 - Workshop paper submission deadline. May 10, 2008 - Notification of workshop paper acceptance. May 26, 2008 - Workshop camera ready copy submission July 21, 2008 - Workshop date. Organizing Committee Charles Callaway, University of Edinburgh, UK Andrea Corradini, University of Potsdam, Germany Manish Mehta, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Program Committee Jan Alexandersson, DFKI, Germany Lars Bo Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark Marc Cavazza, Teesside University, UK Marcela Charfuelan, DFKI, Germany Rachel Coulston, OHSU, USA Jens Edlund, KTH, Sweden Joakim Gustafson, KTH, Sweden Thomas Hanneforth, University of Potsdam, Germany Ed Kaiser, Adapx, USA Antonio Krueger, University of Muenster, Germany Sanjeev Kumar, Cisco Systems, USA James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA Brian Magerko, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Brian McWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, the Netherlands Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University, UK Ana Paiva, INESC-ID/Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal Catherine Pelachaud, Université de Paris 8 and INRIA, France Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere, Finland Mark Riedl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA Markku Turunen, University of Tampere, Finland Johannes Wagner, Southern Denmark University, Denmark _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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