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ICMI-2012 Workshop on Speech and Gesture Production in Virtually and
Physically Embodied Conversational Agents


CONFERENCE: 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
LOCATION: DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica, California, USA

  * Submission deadline: Monday, June 25, 2012
  * Notification: Monday, August 13, 2012
  * Camera-ready deadline: Monday, September 10, 2012
  * Workshop: Friday, October 26, 2012

This full day workshop aims to bring together researchers from the embodied
conversational agent (ECA) and sociable robotics communities to spark
discussion and collaboration between the related fields. The focus of the
workshop will be on co-verbal behavior production — specifically,
synchronized speech and gesture — for both virtually and physically
embodied platforms. It will elucidate the subject in consideration of
aspects regarding planning and realization of multimodal behavior
production. Topics discussed will highlight common and distinguishing
factors of their implementations within each respective field. The workshop
will feature a panel discussion with experts from the relevant communities,
and a breakout session encouraging participants to identify design and
implementation principles common to both virtually and physically embodied
sociable agents.

Under the focus of speech-gesture-based multimodal human-agent interaction,
the workshop invites submissions describing original work, either completed
or still in progress, related to one or more of the following topics:
  * Computational approaches to:
    - Content and behavior planning, e.g., rule-based or probabilistic
    - Behavior realization for virtual agents or sociable robots
  * From ECAs to physical robots: potential and challenges of
cross-platform approaches
  * Behavior specification languages and standards, e.g., FML, BML, MURML
  * Speech-gesture synchronization, e.g., open-loop vs. closed-loop
  * Situatedness within social/environmental contexts
  * Feedback-based user adaptation
  * Cognitive modeling of gesture and speech

Please send your intent to submit to
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website for details.

Workshop contributions should be submitted via e-mail in the ACM
publication style to [log in to unmask] in one of the
following formats:
  * Full paper (5-6 pages, PDF file)
  * Short position paper (2-4 pages, PDF file)
  * Demo video (1-3 minutes, common file formats, e.g., AVI or MP4)
including an extended abstract (1-2 pages, PDF file)

If a submission exceeds 10MB, it should be made available online and a URL
should be provided instead.

Submitted papers and abstracts should conform to the ACM publication style;
for templates and examples, follow the link:

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings in ACM Digital
Library; video submissions and accompanying abstracts will be published on
the workshop website. Contributors will be invited to give either an oral
or a video presentation at the workshop.

INVITED SPEAKER: Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld University)

  * Stacy Marsella (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Victor Ng-Thow-Hing (Honda Research Institute USA)
  * And more to be confirmed. See the website for updates.

  * Dan Bohus (Microsoft Research)
  * Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire)
  * Jonathan Gratch (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Alexis Heloir (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)
  * Takayuki Kanda (ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories)
  * Jina Lee (Sandia National Laboratories)
  * Stacy Marsella (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Maja Matarić (University of Southern California)
  * Louis-Philippe Morency (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Bilge Mutlu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  * Victor Ng-Thow-Hing (Honda Research Institute USA)
  * Catherine Pelachaud (TELECOM ParisTech)

  * Ross Mead (University of Southern California)
  * Maha Salem (Bielefeld University)

  * Workshop Questions and Submissions ([log in to unmask])
  * Ross Mead ([log in to unmask])
  * Maha Salem ([log in to unmask])

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