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Catherine PELACHAUD <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 14 Nov 2021 19:22:38 +0100
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Hello,

Our new handbook came out:

The Handbook on Socially Interactive Agents: 20 years of Research on 
Embodied Conversational Agents, Intelligent Virtual Agents, and Social 
Robotics

The Volume 1: Methods, Behavior, Cognition, can be found

in digital form: https://dl.acm.org/doi/book/10.1145/3477322

in printed version 
https://www.morganclaypoolpublishers.com/catalog_Orig/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=1670 
<https://www.morganclaypoolpublishers.com/catalog_Orig/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=1670> (or 
on Amazon)

The ACM Handbook on Socially Interactive Agents provides a comprehensive 
overview of the research fields of Embodied Conversational Agents, 
Intelligent Virtual Agents, and Social Robotics. Socially Interactive 
Agents (SIAs), whether virtually or physically embodied, are autonomous 
agents that are able to perceive an environment including people or 
other agents, reason, decide how to interact, and express attitudes, 
emotions, engagement, or even empathy. They are capable of interacting 
with people and one another in a socially intelligent manner using 
multimodal communicative behaviors, with the goal to support humans in 
various domains.

Written by international experts in their respective fields, the book 
summarizes research in the many important research communities pertinent 
for SIAs, while discussing current challenges and future directions. The 
handbook provides easy access to modeling and studying SIAs for 
researchers and students and aims at further bridging the gap between 
the research communities involved.

In 2 volumes, the book clearly structures the vast body of research. The 
first volume starts by introducing what is involved in SIAs research, in 
particular research methodologies and ethical implications of developing 
SIAs. It further examines research on appearance and behavior, focusing 
on multimodality. Finally, social cognition for SIAs is investigated by 
different theoretical models and phenomena such as theory of mind or 
pro-sociality. The second volume starts with perspectives on 
interaction, examined from different angles such as interaction in 
social space, group interaction, or long-term interaction. It also 
includes an extensive overview summarizing research and systems of 
human-agent platforms and of some of the major application areas of SIAs 
such as education, aging support, autism or games.

Volume 2 of the Handbook is foreseen to appear soon.

Kind regards,

Birgit Lugrin, Catherine Pelachaud, David Traum

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