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"Dr. Ronald Böck" <[log in to unmask]>
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**** Deadline Extended: August 7th, 2018 ****

**** Keynote: TBA ****

4th International Workshop on

Multimodal Analyses enabling Artificial Agents in Human-Machine Interaction

(MA3HMI 2018)

October 16th, 2018 in Boulder, USA.

In conjunction with ICMI2018.


One of the aims in building multimodal user interfaces and combining 
them with technical devices is to make the interaction between user and 
system as natural as possible. The most natural form of interaction may 
be how we interact with other humans. Although technology is still far 
from human-like, and systems can reflect a wide range of technical 
solutions. They are often represented as artificial agents to facilitate 
smooth inter-actions. While the analysis of human-human communication 
has resulted in many insights.

Transferring these to human-machine interactions remains challenging 
especially if multiple possible interlocutors are present in a certain 
area. This situation requires that multimodal inputs from the main 
speaker (e.g., speech, gaze, facial expressions) as well as possible 
co-speaker are recorded and interpreted. This interpretation has to 
occur at both the semantic and affective levels, including aspects such 
as the personality, mood, or intentions of the user, anticipating the 
counterpart. These processes have to be performed in real-time in order 
for the system to respond without delays, in a natural environment.

The MA3HMI workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on the 
analysis of multimodal data as a means to develop technical devices that 
can interact with humans. In particular, artificial agents can be 
regarded in their broadest sense, including virtual chat agents, 
empathic speech interfaces and life-style coaches on a smart-phone. More 
general, multimodal analyses support any technical system being located 
in the research area of human-machine interaction. For the 2018 edition, 
we focus on the environment and situation an interaction is situated in 
extending the investigations on real-time aspects of human-machine 
interaction. We address the synergy of situation, context, and 
interaction history in the development and evaluation of multimodal, 
real-time systems.

We solicit papers that concern the different perspectives of such 
human-machine interaction. Tools and systems that address real-time 
conversations with artificial agents and technical systems are also 
within the scope of the workshop.

Topics (but not limited to):

a) Multimodal Environment Analyses

- Multimodal understanding of situation and environment of natural 

- Annotation paradigms for user analyses in natural interactions

- Novel strategies of human-machine interaction in terms of situation 
and environment

b) Multimodal User Analyses

- Multimodal understanding of user behavior and affective state

- Dialogue management using multimodal output

- Multimodal understanding of multiple users behavior and affective

- Annotation paradigms for user analyses in natural interactions

- Novel strategies of human-machine interactions

c) Applications, Tools, and Systems

- Novel application domains and embodied interaction

- Prototype development and uptake of technology

- User studies with (partial) functional systems

- Tools for the recording, annotation and analysis of conversations

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: July 30th, 2018

Notification of Acceptance: September 10th, 2018

Camera-ready Deadline: September 15th, 2018

Workshop Date: October 16th, 2018


Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (8 pages) and 
short papers (5 pages) in ACM format as specified by ICMI 2018. Accepted 
papers will be published as post-proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. 
All submissions should be anonymous.


Ronald Böck, University Magdeburg, Germany

Francesca Bonin, IBM Research, Ireland

Nick Campbell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Ronald Poppe, Utrecht University, Netherland


Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inf. Ronald Böck

FEIT IIKT-Cognitive Systems

Building 03, Room 322

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Universitaetsplatz 2, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany

Phone: +49 391 67 50061


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