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The deadline for this workshop's submission has been extended to June, 7th 2014.
See below the 2nd call for papers.

2nd Call for papers: deadline extended to June, 7th 2014
Workshop on Architectures and Standards for IVAs
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Held in conjunction with IVA 2014 in Boston, MA, USA, 27-29 August 2014
(IVA14 web site: )

The scope of building a complete intelligent virtual agent (IVA) is too vast for a single research group. It requires interdisciplinary collaborations between research groups and reuse of existing components.
Based off the SAIBA framework for multimodal behavior generation, an important current direction for the IVAs community deals with facilitating the collaboration
between groups and reuse of each other’s work by using modular architectures and interface standards.
In this workshop, in light of emergent technologies and the variety of IVAs applications, we want to discuss the standardization level provided by SAIBA and understand
whether it is still capable of supporting the next generation of IVAs. We aim at improving current points of standardization and identifying new architectural elements and functionalities that require standardization.

Through presentations and input from participants, an overview of the state-of-the-art in architectures for IVAs and the current status of standardization within them will be assessed.
Topics of interests for discussions in focus groups include but are not limited to:
 * Define a new all-encompassing reference architecture for IVAs that captures both behaviour generation and multimodal input processing.
   Furthermore, this architecture should capture modern application requirements like incremental input processing and behavior realization, and provide design guidelines for modern IVAs.
 * Discuss and moving forward the specification of standardized interface representation languages (e.g. PML, FML and BML)
  or identify gaps in standardization (e.g. Context Markup Language, messaging).
 * Discuss lessons learned on and set guidelines for the facilitation of sharing of technology and knowledge.
 * Set an agenda that encourages researchers and the industry to participate in new and existing standardization efforts.

Workshop format
In this one day workshop, participants will present the state-of-the-art of architecture concepts used in their groups during the morning.
In the afternoon we will break out in focus groups and discuss selected topics in more detail.

Important dates
June 07, 2014: Papers Submission Deadline (extended)
July 14, 2014: Notification of Acceptance
July 28, 2014: Camera ready
August 26, 2014: Workshop date
August 27-29, 2014: Main Conference

Participants are asked to submit a 2-page position paper based on a provided template including (1) a short description of their most relevant IVA systems and applications,
(2) the current state of their architecture and standardization efforts, (3) how they see the future of IVA architectures and standardization,
(4) an overview of the topics they are interested in discussing and (5) a short biographical sketch.

LaTeX and Word template files and more information on the submission process can be found on the workshop’s web site.

Angelo Cafaro (Multimedia Group, CNRS-LTCI, TELECOM ParisTech)
Arno Hartholt (Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California)
Herwin van Welbergen (Sociable Agents, CITEC, Bielefeld University)

Program Committee
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS-LTCI, TELECOM ParisTech
David Schlangen, Bielefeld University
Dirk Heylen, University of Twente
Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University
Justine Cassell, Carnegie Mellon University
Radosław Niewiadomski, University of Genoa
Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University
Stefan Scherer, University of Southern California
Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University

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