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The 6th International Conference 
on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Plus GALA - Gathering of Life-like Agents
21st-23rd August 2006, 
Marina del Rey, CA, USA

http://iva2006.ict.usc.edu/

Submission Deadline: April 7th 2006


Conference Scope

Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) are autonomous, graphically embodied 
agents in an interactive, 2D or 3D virtual environment. They are able 
to interact intelligently with the environment, other IVAs, and especially 
with human users. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners in computer graphics, animation, computer games, virtual environments, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive modelling, human-computer interaction and A-life. 

Since the first IVA back in 1999 firm lines of research have been established 
but there is much that the graphics and AI communities have to learn from 
each other. Moreover, the domain of Intelligent Virtual Agents has become 
much more diverse and now encompasses a wide range of disciplines including 
in particular cognitive and social psychology (emotion modelling, non-verbal communication), sociology (modelling human / IVA societies), HCI (intelligent user interfaces,  gesture/body tracking interfaces), design and arts (e.g., interactive 
installations with IVAs), and numerous application domains. While initial 
research often focused on the use of IVAs in virtual environments, they are 
now increasingly used in web-based interfaces, personal computing devices and  interactive television. IVAs can provide appealing characters for games 
and entertainment. They can also be used in novel user interfaces  or even as tools of psychological research. The rapid advances in the field have enabled it to be applied in both in research and industrial contexts. 

IVA'06 will be a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners from academia and industry with an interest in the design, implementation, and evaluation of IVAs and IVA applications. We aim for a lively programme of timely, high-quality presentations and demonstrations to discuss the state of the art and future of Intelligent Virtual Agents. Papers will be published in the Springer-Verlag LNAI (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence) series.

IVA'06 will also host GALA - the Gathering of Life-like Agents - see http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/gala/ for details.



Topics of Interest

* IVA design and modelling 
  - design criteria and methodologies 
  - nature inspired IVAs/A-life for IVAs 
  - models of affect and personality for IVAs 
  - models for IVAs with awareness of their social context 
  - modelling conversational skills and multi-modal interaction 
  - non-verbal expressiveness in IVAs - gesture, facial expression, posture 
  - media-specific design considerations, e.g., IVAs for VR, AR, web, and 
    mobile applications 
  - deployment of novel interaction modalities (e.g., vision, touch, 
    phycons etc.) 
  - IVAs with physical embodiment: lessons from and for robotics 
  - ethical considerations, e.g., what human-qualities can / should IVAs 
    have / never have 

* Conceptual architectures, e.g. for 
  - learning IVAs 
  - improvisational IVAs 
  - multi-user /multi-IVA interaction 
  - crowd simulations with IVAs 

* IVA application fields, pilot systems, and experience reports
  - education and training with IVAs 
  - psychological modelling and experimentation
  - games 
  - interactive narrative with IVAs 
  - telepresence 
  - case studies and evaluation reports on IVA pilots etc. 

* Evaluation of IVAs and IVA applications
  - evaluation methodologies / evaluation frameworks
  - reports on user studies and their outcomes
  - evaluation and data collection tools for IVAs

* Software engineering issues 
  - standards and measures to support interoperability, portability, and reuse 
  - tools and toolkits for building IVAs and IVA applications 
  - advanced 3D modelling and animation technologies for IVAs

Timeline

7 April 2006:	Deadline for submissions of contributions
12 May 2006: 	Authors notification
26 May 2006: 	Submission of camera ready contribution 

Organizing Committee

Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University
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Daniel Ballin, Chief Technology Office, BT Group
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Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California
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Patrick Olivier, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Michael Young, North Carolina State University 
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Program Committee

Jan Albeck 
George Anastassakis 
Elisabeth Andre 
Norman Badler
Josep Blat 
Joanna Bryson 
Lola Canamero 
Justine Cassell 
Marc Cavazza 
Elizabeth Churchill 
Kerstin Dautenhahn 
Betsy van Dijk
Patrick Doyle 
Angelica de Antonio 
Fiorella de Rosis 
Patrick Gebhard 
Marco Gillies 
Randy Hill 
Adrian Hilton 
Kristina Hook 
Katherine Isbister 
Mitsuru Ishizuka 
Ido Iurgel 
Lewis Johnson
Martin Klesen 
Stefan Kopp 
John Laird 
James Lester 
Craig LindleySteve Maddox
Brian Loyall 
Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann 
Andrew Marriot 
Stacy Marsella 
Michael Mateus 
Alexander Nareyek 
Anton Nijholt 
Gregory O'Hare 
Sharon Oviatt 
Ana Paiva 
Zhigeng Pan 
Catherine Pelachaud 
Paolo Petta 
Tony Polichroniadis 
Helmut Prendinger 
Matthias Rehm 
Daniela Romano
Zsofia Ruttkay
Anthony Steed 
Matthew Stone 
Daniel Thalmann
Kris Thorisson 
Demetri Terzopoulos 
David Traum 
Ana Vaz 
Hannes Vilhjalmsson 
John Vince 
Spyros Vosinakis 

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