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            DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERS IN TWO WEEKS!!!

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                      ANIMATED INTERFACE AGENTS:
                       MAKING THEM INTELLIGENT

                  Nagoya, Japan, August 23-25, 1997
                    (in conjunction with IJCAI-97)
        http://www.dfki.uni-sb.de/imedia/workshops/anina.html


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Through the last decade, the design of user interfaces has undergone
dramatic changes. The introduction of multi-windowing and the
exploitation of multimedia technology that allows for presentations
which incorporate written and spoken text, sound, graphics, animation,
and even virtual 3D reality has opened up completely new
possibilities. The next major step in the evolution of interfaces is
very likely to be a shift towards highly personalized interfaces in
which communication between user and computer will be mediated by
life-like agents. Due to advances in computer graphics, the
realization of visually appealing agents, either based on real video,
cartoon-style drawings or even model-based 3D graphics, has become
manageable. To be useful, however, agents have to behave in a
reasonable and natural manner. The purpose of this workshop is to
discuss behavioral aspects from an AI perspective. Topics of interest
include, but are by no means restricted to the following:

- conversational skills of interface agents
  (e.g. synchronization of speech and mimics,
  interaction with life-like characters)
- expression of emotions
- adaptive/situated behavior of animated interface agents
- behavior planning (e.g. coordination of directions, idle-time and improvised
  behavior)
- architectural structures for animated interface agents
- character modeling/rendering (e.g. realization of video actors)
- social implicatures/empirical evaluation
  (e.g. factors which influence user acceptance, such as the use of
  cartoon-like characters versus video actors)
- applications (shop assistants, presentation agents for the WWW,
  pedagogical agents etc.)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:

Elisabeth Andre, DFKI, Germany ([log in to unmask])
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA ([log in to unmask])
Thomas Rist, DFKI, Germany ([log in to unmask])
Aki Takeuchi, Sony, Japan ([log in to unmask])

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE:

Elisabeth Andre, DFKI, Germany
Gene Ball, Microsoft, USA
Justine Cassell, MIT Media Lab, USA
Osamu Hasegawa, ETL, Japan
James Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
Susann Luperfoy, MITRE, USA
Kenji Mase, ATR International, Japan
Shigeo Morishima, Seikei University, Japan
Clifford Nass, Stanford University, USA
Jeff Rickel, ISI, USA
Thomas Rist, DFKI, Germany
Aki Takeuchi, Sony, Japan
Marilyn Walker, AT&T Research Laboratories, USA

SUBMISSION DETAILS:

We solicit the submission of extended abstracts, project or demo
descriptions. Videos supporting other contributions are
encouraged. However, all contributions will be judged independently of
any accompanying video. Extended abstracts should be between five and
twelve pages, project or demo descriptions between two and four pages
in length.

Electronic submissions in postscript format are strongly encouraged
and should be emailed to [log in to unmask] Hard copy (*four*
copies of the paper) and video submissions (*one* NTSC VHS or PAL VHS
copy) should be mailed to Elisabeth Andre (address below).

IJCAI will produce workshop proceedings. In addition, extended versions
of selected workshop papers will be published in a special issue of the
Applied Artificial Intelligence Journal. Deadlines for submitting
extended versions will be announced at the workshop.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION:

Workshop attendance will be limited to maximally 40 people, persons
without a submission should contact the organizers as soon as
possible. According to the IJCAI workshop guidelines, all workshop
participants must register for the IJCAI main conference.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR IJCAI-97 PARTICIPANTS

Travel award programs are available for students and junior researchers
through IJCAII and other national societies (see also
http://ijcai.org/ijcai-97/CI/support.html).

IMPORTANT DATES:

3rd March 1997:       Deadline for receipt of extended abstracts,
                      project/demo descriptions, videos etc.
1st April 1997:       Authors informed of acceptance/rejection
21th April 1997:      Final versions due for proceedings
23/25th August 1997:  1-Day Workshop

ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

Elisabeth Andre
DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
D-66123 Saarbruecken
Germany
Phone: +49 681 302 5267
Fax: +49 681 302 5341
email: [log in to unmask]





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