A Call for Participation for: IVA'05


September 12-14, 2005 Kos, Greece

Including the GALA competition: Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents 

Keynotes include: Justine Cassell


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. Previous IVA workshops brought together people studying 
computer graphics, animation and virtual environments on the one hand, and 
on the other hand people working in AI, NLP, cognitive modelling 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 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 all kinds of application fields. While initial 
research often focused on the use of IVAs in virtual environments, they are 
now increasingly used across many media such as the web, wireless devices 
and interactive television. IVAs can provide appealing characters for games 
and entertainment. They can be novel user interfaces for software or guides 
in factual and e-commerce web sites. They can be tools of psychological
research. Some see them as the key to engaging educational software or 
as an exciting new way for us to communicate with each other on the web. 
The rapid advances in the field have enabled it to be applied in practice 
to these areas both in research and industrial contexts. 

The target audience for IVA'05 includes people from multiple disciplines, 
coming from academia or 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. 


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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Themis Panayiotopoulos, University of Piraeus (Local Chair)
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Thomas Rist, University of Augsburg
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Jan Allbeck
Elisabeth André
Norman Badler
Josep Blat
Joanna Bryson
Lola Cañamero
Justine Cassell
Marc Cavazza
Elizabeth Churchill
Kerstin Dautenhahn
Patrick Doyle
Angelica de Antonio
Fiorella de Rosis
Patrick Gebhard
Marco Gillis
Barbara Hayes-Roth
Randy Hill
Adrian Hilton
Kristina Höök 
Katherine Isbister
Mitsuru Ishizuka
Ido Iurgel
Lewis Johnson
Martin Klesen
Stefan Kopp
John Laird
James Lester
Brian Loyall
Craig Lindley
Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann
Andrew Marriot
Stacy Marsella
Michael Mateus
Alexander Nareyek
Anton Nijholt
Gregori O'Hare
Sharon Oviatt
Ana Paiva
Catherine Pelachaud
Paolo Petta
Tony Polichroniadis
Helmut Prendinger
Matthias Rehm
Daniela Romano
Anthony Steed
Matthew Stone
Daniel Thalmann
Kris Thorisson
Demetri Terzopoulos
David Traum
Hannes Vilhjalmsson
John Vince
Spyros Vosinakis
Michael Young

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