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************  EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 26 April  ****************


3rd Call For Papers


Ninth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA'09) 

September 14-16, 2009 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that

exhibit human-like qualities and communicate with humans or each other

using natural human modalities such as speech and gesture. They are

capable of real-time perception, cognition and action that allow them

to participate in a dynamic social environment.


IVA'09 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 welcome to share work which has a bearing on intelligent

virtual agents.  IVA'09 is held in cooperation with the Association

for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the European

Association for Computer Graphics (EG) and the Association for

Computing Machinery (ACM SIGART and SIGCHI).



IVA'09 particularly encourages submissions on this year's

special topic of games.  The game industry is the source of the

world's largest selection of interactive characters.  To date, the

creation of these characters and their social behaviors has largely

relied on carefully hand crafted techniques rather than automation.

With larger environments, grander stories, more players and a greater

demand for realism, hand crafted approaches are unlikely to scale.

Imbuing characters with more intelligence and self-determination is an

ongoing and so far unfulfilled goal of the game industry.  IVA'09

is an opportunity to reveal, tackle and discuss the issues that relate

to using intelligent virtual agents in games and aims to strengthen

links and the exchange of knowledge between academia and the game





Design and modeling 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)

- 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 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 of IVAs

- future role and/or current experience in various fields including

    - computer games

    - art and entertainment

    - education and training

    - simulation and visualization

- delivery platforms: desktop, single/multi- user, virtual/augmented/mixed reality


Conceptual Frameworks for IVAs

- learned, evolved or emergent behavior

- improvisational or dramatic interaction

- stages of autonomy (from avatars to agents)

- massive simulations of crowds




Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12-14 pages),

short papers (6-7 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:




26 April, 2009                    Submission of short and long IVA09 papers

30 May, 2009                     Notifications of acceptance

19 June, 2009                    Camera-ready copies

01 June, 2009                    GALA video submission

14-16 September, 2009                Conference




Chairs                                   Zsófia Ruttkay, University of Twente, The Netherlands

                               Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany

                               Anton Nijholt, University of Twente, The Netherlands

                               Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland


Best Paper Chair              Thomas Rist, FH Augsburg, Germany

Submissions Chair           Patrick Gebhard, DFKI, Germany 

Poster and Demo Chair                Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands 

Local Organization 

Chair                                     Betsy van Dijk, University of Twente, The Netherlands 


Senior Program Committee

            Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg, Germany

            Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK

            Marc Cavazza, University of Teesside, UK

            Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA

            Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany

            Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France

            Patrick Olivier, Newcastle University, UK

            Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM-ParisTech, France

            Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan




Please visit the conference web site:  

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GALA 2009 

The Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents will take place at

IVA'09. Demonstrate your agent in action, or develop a sensitive

viewer of a tennis match - and win the 350 Euro Jury Award!


NEW this year is that each GALA submission should have a 2 page paper,

which will be published in the IVA09 Springer proceedings.


For details, see:


GALA 2 page paper deadline     1 May  2009 

GALA video deadline                    1 June 2009 




IVA'09 will be co-located in Amsterdam with the complementary

Affective Computing & Intelligent Interaction International Conference

(ACII'09) (, held 10-12 September

2009. While this is a great opportunity to make the most of a trip to

Amsterdam, the same paper cannot be submitted to both conferences:

papers with a primary focus on embodied conversational agents and

virtual agents are encouraged to submit to IVA'09; papers with a

primary focus on emotion are encouraged to submit to ACII'09.



- Paper submission  site opened on 31.March

- Accomodation may be reserved now. BE ON TIME to assure your hotel,

  as September will be overbooked in Amsterdam.

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