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            ===== Call For Participation: WMISI 2007 =====

      Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces in Semantic Interaction
   at International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI 2007)
                    http://www.slc.atr.jp/iwmisi/

                 The advance program is available at
     http://www.slc.atr.jp/iwmisi/archives/2007/10/program_1.html

Date:  November 15, 2007
Venue: NAGOYA MARUNOUCHI TOKYU INN, Nagoya, Japan (Changed)
       http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/TI/TI_MARUN/index.html/

Invited Talks:

  The Mimesis Hierarchy model of human semiotic evolution and development. 
  Jordan Zlatev, Lund University, Sweden

  Learning by Communication. 
  Gerhard Sagerer, Bielefeld University, Germany


With the advances in ubiquitous networks, data mining, communication
robots, and sensing technologies, various information on the real
world has become available in real time. This information, presented
to the user, not only makes it possible to support his or her
intellectual activities but may also be utilized as context, thus
opening great possibilities of achieving situated intelligent
functions.

The information systems and robots that support human activities in
everyday life should ideally have functions that allow them to
interact with humans adaptively according to context, such as the
situation in the real world and each human's individual
characteristics. For instance, these functions might include the
ability to understand the user's intention through his or her
utterances, as well as the ability to provide suitable information at
appropriate timing.  In order to realize such interaction-as semantic
interaction-it is necessary to extract and use the valuable context
information needed for understanding interaction from the obtained
real-world information. This context information is multimodal
information at several levels: 1) raw information obtained from
sensors, 2) information obtained through categorization, and 3) the
relationships between categories.

In semantic interaction, it is important for the user and the machine
to share knowledge and an understanding of a given situation. Thus, it
is necessary to infer the user's intention and to represent the
machine's inner state naturally through speech, images, graphics,
manipulators, and so on. This is achieved based on the multimodal
context information. Accordingly, the development of multimodal
interfaces is a very important research theme.

The goal of this workshop is to gather researchers active in the above
field, or related domains, to discuss theories, basic technologies,
and application systems. We are looking for position papers as well as
research papers that debate or contribute to the following (and other
related) areas:

* Extraction of context information from the real world
* Situated interaction using context information
* Theories and basic technologies on the grounding of language
* Situated dialogue system
* Human-robot interaction
* Inference of intention and mental state from user's behavior
* Processing of emotion and paralinguistic information
* Embodiment in semantic interaction
* Adaptation, learning, and development for semantic interaction
* Active sensing for semantic interaction


Organizers:

 Naoto Iwahashi (National Institute of Information and Communications
                 Technology) 
 Mikio Nakano (Honda Research Institute Japan) 

Program Committee:

 Hideki Asoh (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and
              Technology, Japan)
 Masahiro Araki (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan) 
 Michael Beetz (Munich University of Technology, Germany) 
 James Glass (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) 
 Christian Goerick (Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany) 
 Tetsunari Inamura (National Institute of Informatics, Japan) 
 Frederic Kaplan (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, France)
 Tetsunori Kobayashi (Waseda University, Japan) 
 Helen Meng (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) 
 Takayuki Nagai (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan) 
 Tsuneo Nitta (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan) 
 Natsuki Oka (Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan) 
 Hiroyuki Okada (Tamagawa University, Japan) 
 Hiroshi G. Okuno (Kyoto University, Japan) 
 Candace Sidner (BAE Systems, USA) 
 David Traum (University of Southern California, USA) 

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Mikio Nakano, Sc.D.
Honda Research Institute Japan, Co., Ltd.

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