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17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2017)
August 27-30
Stockholm, Sweden

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IMPORTANT DATES

Paper, Poster and Demo Submissions
Submissions Deadline: 14 April 2017
Author Notification: 5 June 2017
Camera Ready Version: 10 July 2017


CONFERENCE

IVAs are interactive digital characters that exhibit human-like qualities and can communicate with humans and each other using natural human modalities like facial expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments.

The International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior.


SPECIAL TOPIC

IVA 2017’s special topic is “Situated Intelligent Agents”, that is, agents that have awareness of and/or make use of their environment (physical or virtual). The theme will address the synergies between agents with different embodiments, from embodied virtual characters to social robots. Advances in both domains require the development of computational capabilities that allow robots and virtual characters to engage in those direct, unstructured and dynamically evolving social interactions that characterise humans.

We will particularly welcome contributions that address the cross-fertilization of state-of-the-art insights and methods from the domains of embodied virtual characters, computer games, social robotics, and social sciences in order to support the development of skills necessary to enable the vision of designing better machines capable of achieving better action, better awareness and better interaction to engage in intuitive, lifelike, sustained encounters with individuals and groups.


GENERAL TOPICS OF INTEREST

Design, Modeling and Evaluation

* design criteria and design methodologies
* evaluation methodologies and user studies
* ethical considerations and societal impact
* applicable lessons from other fields (e.g. robotics)
* improvisational or dramatic interaction
* dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
* models of multimodal perception and action
* models of emotionally communicative behavior
* models of conversational behavior
* models of narrative and storytelling
* theoretical foundations and formal models
* learned, evolved or emergent behavior

Implementation and Applications 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 in games, education, art, etc.
* delivery platforms: desktop, single vs. multi-user, virtual or augmented or mixed reality, robots
* future or current experience in various fields, e.g. Interactive narrative and story-telling, computer games, art and entertainment, education and training, simulation and visualization


SUBMISSION DETAILS

Paper, Demo and Poster Submissions

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short papers (8 pages), or poster papers (4 pages). We also welcome demonstrations (please submit a short description including any requests for space or equipment). Submissions should be anonymous and in Springer LNCS format. Detailed paper author instructions will be available on the IVA 2017 website. All submissions should be made through the conference review system.


Tutorials, Workshops and Video Gala

IVA will also feature tutorials, workshops and a video Gala, which is a video showcase of projects involving animated like-life agents. See this link for examples of the Gala entries from IVA 2016: http://iva2016.ict.usc.edu/video-gala/. The respective submission details for these events will be available nearer to the conference date and will be announced in upcoming calls for papers.


ORGANIZATION

Conference Chairs

Jonas Beskow, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Christopher Peters, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Ginevra Castellano, Uppsala University

Program Chairs

Carol O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin
Iolanda Leite, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld

Workshop Chairs

Candace Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Björn Thuresson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


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