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          *** CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE ***

            APPLIED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AAI) JOURNAL

                     ON ANIMATED INTERFACE AGENTS

               (see also http://www.dfki.de/~andre/calls/aai.html)

Applied Artificial Intelligence, an international journal, will
feature a special issue on Animated Interface Agents, to be published
in 1998.  This call for papers is primarily directed at the authors of
papers presented at the IJCAI-97 Workshop on Animated Interface
Agents. However, other authors working in this area are also
encouraged to contribute papers.

SCOPE:

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. For the special issue, we solicit
papers which 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.)

SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Submitters should advise Elisabeth André of their intent to submit as
soon as they can, but no later than December 1 1997. The deadline for
the receipt of full papers is December 12 1997. Electronic submissions
in postscript format are strongly encouraged. Authors should send the
URL of a postscript file (make sure it is accessible and printable) to
Elisabeth André or place their papers in the /pub/incoming directory
of DFKI's ftp-Server (ftp.dfki.uni-sb.de). Hard copies (*four* copies
of the paper) should be mailed to Elisabeth André (address below).

REVIEWING PROCESS

Papers will be strictly reviewed by the review committee for this
special issue. Acceptance will be based on originality, adequacy of
method, significance of findings, and relevance to the subject matter
of the special issue. Please note that the usual reviewing procedures
and editorial standards of the AAI Journal will apply to Special Issue
manuscripts.

PAPER LENGTH

Ideally, papers should be about 8,000 - 10,0000 words in length
(i.e. ca. 20 printed pages including illustrations in AAI
Journal format).

EDITOR FOR THIS SPECIAL ISSUE:

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]

This call and up-to-date information is also available via
http://www.dfki.de/~andre/calls/aai.html

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