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Intelligent Virtual Agents IVA2001

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Daniel Ballin <[log in to unmask]>

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                     CALL FOR PAPERS

                         IVA2001
              Third International Workshop on
                INTELLIGENT VIRTUAL AGENTS
          <http://bermudas.ls.fi.upm.es/~iva01/>

                   September 11-12, 2001
                       Madrid, Spain

Keynote speakers: Daniel Thalmann, Jeff Rickel


The field of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) is a new emerging
discipline that is growing in importance, both in the commercial
sector and in the research community. An IVA is an autonomous
embodied agent in an interactive graphical environment, usually 3D,
which draws on AI and ALife technology so as to interact
intelligently with its environment and with human users.

This is a multidisciplinary area that brings together Virtual
Environments, AI and ALife, HCI. It draws on fields such as graphics
and animation, autonomous agents, natural language generation and
recognition, planning, learning, cognitive science, user modelling
and many others. The explosive growth of the Internet and dropping
price and rising power of computers has made Intelligent Virtual
Agents a viable option to be explored scientifically.

Despite its relative novelty, this field of research is making rapid
progress, owing to its inherent attractiveness to diverse industries, such
as education, e-commerce, entertainment and computer games,
communication,
engineering and film and other media.

The origin of IVA'01 dates from a successful workshop on Intelligent
Virtual Environments held in Brighton at the 13th European Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (ECAI'98). This workshop was followed by a second
one held in Manchester in 1999 with the theme of Intelligent Virtual
Agents. This present third edition re-takes the baton of Manchester.

This workshop aims to bring all these communities together to
discuss the current state-of-the-art in virtual agents, together with
leading international keynote speakers, and to create a roadmap for the
future of this technology.


TOPICS OF INTEREST include, but are not limited to:
===================================================
o Applications of Intelligent Virtual Agents
    In Entertainment, Television, Movie Advertising, Media, Games
   Industry
    In Heritage, Training, and Tutoring systems Industry
    In Medicine, Fashion, and Telecommunications

o Virtual Agent Sensors
    Adaptive sensors, Synthetic vision
    Virtual smell, virtual tactile, virtual audition
    Nature and Robotic inspired virtual sensors

o Control Architectures for Autonomous Virtual Agents
    Behavioural based architectures (subsumption etc.)
    Deliberative based architectures (belief-desire-intention, etc.)
    Hybrid architectures
    Agent Collision Detection, Obstacle Avoidance, Path planning,
   Learning

o Types of Virtual Agents
    Autonomous and semi-autonomous
    Virtual humans, Distributed Virtual Agents
    Societies of Virtual Agents (inc. crowd behaviour)
    Evolutionary, Pedagogical, Collaborative, and Socially
   Intelligent Virtual Agents
    Conversational Characters, Affect and Personality in life-like
   characters

o Developing IVA's and HCI Issues
    The role of Anthropomorphism, Embodiment, and Believability
    Managing the direct manipulation of VR with indirect of an Agent
    Speech Synthesis, Gesture, Lip Syncing, Facial expressions, etc
    Natural Language and Speech recognition in Virtual Agents
    Design methodologies and evaluation of Life-like characters
    Toolkits and Tools for the Building of Virtual Agents
    3D character Model generation (inc. Photorealistic scanning, 2D,
   3D etc)


COMMITTEES:
===========
Conference Chair
   Ruth Aylett - Centre for Virtual Environments, University of
  Salford, UK
   Daniel Ballin - Radical Multimedia Laboratory, BT exaCT, UK

Local Conference Chair
   Angélica de Antonio - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Local Organising Committee
   Julia Clemente - Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
   Pilar Herrero - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   Ricardo Imbert - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   Gonzalo Méndez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   Jaime Ramírez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   María Isabel Sánchez - Universidad Carlos III, Spain

Program Committee
   Elisabeth André - DFKI - German Research Center for Artificial
  Intelligence, Germany
   Riccardo Antonini - Consorzio Roma Ricerche, Italy
   Angélica de Antonio - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   Ruth Aylett - Centre for Virtual Environments, University of
  Salford, UK
   Norman I. Badler - University of Pennsylvania, USA
   Daniel Ballin - Radical Multimedia Laboratory, BT exaCT, UK
   Bruce Blumberg - MIT Media Lab, USA
   Joanna Bryson- MIT AI Lab, USA
   Justine Cassell - MIT Media Lab, USA
   Marc Cavazza - University of Teeside, UK
   Elisabeth Churchill - FX-PAL, USA
   Dave Cliff - HP Labs Bristol, UK
   Kerstin Dautenhahn - University of Hertfordshire, UK
   Steve Grand - Cyberlife Research, UK
   Ricardo Imbert - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
   Brian Logan - University of Nottingham, UK
   Mike Luck - University of Southampton, UK
   Jan-Torsten Milde - University of Bielefeld, Germany
   Ana Paiva - IST-Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
   Todd Papaioannou - DALi Inc, USA
   Catherine Pelechaud - Università degli Studi di Roma "La
  Sapienza", Italy
   Paolo Petta - Austrian Research Institute for Artificial
  Intelligence, Austria
   Dave Roberts - University of Reading, UK
   Ryohei Nakatsu - ATR Media Integration & Communications Research
  Laboratories, Japan
   Phoebe Sengers - GMD - Institute for Media Communication, Germany
   Demetri Terzopoulos - New York University, USA

Keynote Speakers
   Jeff Rickel - University of Southern California, USA
   Daniel Thalmann - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


PAPER SUBMISSION:
=================
Papers must be written in English. Only electronic Postscript, RTF or
Microsoft Word formats will be accepted.

If you are interested in contributing please send paper of no more
than 5000 words to: [log in to unmask]

All accepted papers will be published in the Springer Lecture Notes
in Computer Science and Lecture Notes in Artificial Inteligence
series (LNCS/LNAI)(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/index.html)and
considered for later publication in a special journal issue. Details
of this will follow.

Accepted papers will have to be prepared according to the Springer
LNCS/LNAI Authors Instructions
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html), in order to be
published with the proper format.


DEMONSTRATIONS & EXHIBITS:
==========================
We stongly encourage you to demonstrate your work.

To give us time to organise the floor space and technical
requirements we would like to be notified before the 13th July.

Contact us for details at: [log in to unmask]


IMPORTANT DATES:
================
May 11, 2001 - Deadline for paper submission
June 8, 2001 - Notification of acceptance
July 6, 2001 - Deadline for camera-ready papers
July 13, 2001 - Proposals for demonstrations/exhibits
July 20, 2001 - Deadline for early registration
August 10, 2001 - Deadline for late registration
September 10-11, 2001 - IVA'01 workshop


ATTENDANCE & REGISTRATION:
==========================
To encourage discussion and interaction there are a limited number
of places, so early registration is recommended. Anyone with an
interest in virtual agents may attend - it is not necessary to submit a
workshop paper in order to attend but people who do will get priority.

Details about registration and location are available on the
workshop website.


SPONSORSHIP:
============
Intelligent Virtual Agents 2001 is offering the opportunity for
organisations to promote themselves by sponsoring part of IVA'01.

Sponsorship will ensure the highest visibility for the benefactor,
through the use of the sponsor's logo on conference material and
through appearance of the sponsor's name in references to the
workshop, both before and after the event.

Potential sponsors should get in touch with the contact person or
the local conference chair.



CONTACT PERSON:
===============
Angélica de Antonio
Facultad de Informática
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Campus de Montegancedo, s/n
28660 Boadilla del Monte (Madrid)
Spain

e-Mail: [log in to unmask]
Tel: +34 913 366 925
Fax: +34 913 366 917
http://www.ls.fi.upm.es/udis/miembros/angelica/index_e.html


MORE INFORMATION is available at the IVA2001
website: http://bermudas.ls.fi.upm.es/~iva01/

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