Robert Trypuz trypuz at loa-cnr.it
Mon May 22 10:13:41 CEST 2006


[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement]

Workshop on

as part of the
The 2006 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent  
Technology (IAT-06)

18-22 December 2006, Hong Kong


The ability to communicate in a complex manner with others, to  
exchange ideas and thoughts, to convey factual information as well as  
wishes, goals, and plans, to issue commands, instructions and  
questions, and to express emotions and interact on a social level, is  
one of the most important and distinguishing aspects of humankind. If  
artificial agents want to progress to the next level, and truely and  
deeply interact with humans, they must possess expanded communicative  

Agent communication languages, like ACL and KQML, have been a focus  
of attention in recent years. They have been shown to be effective  
for communication among agents in multi-agent systems, or for simple  
human-agent interaction, but they are far from reflecting the  
complexity of human communication. Architectures for agents and agent  
systems designed so far include representations of mental states,  
believes and intentions, sensory information, formal representations  
of actions and action ontologies, and the integration of context and  
situation information, which serve as a basis for implementing  
intelligent agent behavior and communication among agents, but they  
still lack an in-depth, elaborate connection to human communication  
skills, regarding form and content. Interdisciplinary research  
integrating methods and models from linguistics, psychology,  
philosophy, and other areas with computer science, has provided some  
basis for the extension of artificial agents and their "human"  
characteristics and abilities.

Building on the approaches developed so far, this workshop focuses on  
new methods and models to describe and implement communication  
between human and artificial agents, in all forms and on all levels.  
The ultimate goal of this endeavour is to bridge the gap between the  
richness, complexity and expressiveness of human communication, and  
the (in)ability of artificial agents to deal with it and to (inter) 
act adequately within cooperation with humans.

Topic Areas:

     * models of communicative behaviour, communication languages
     * natural language processing, interpretation of verbal  
expressions by agents
     * dialog structures
     * action representation, action theory, action ontology
     * knowledge representation, ontologies
     * context, including physical, spatial, temporal and semantic  
     * gestures and facial expressions
     * multi-modal communication
     * speech and speech characteristics in communication
     * cooperative behaviour, negotiation, judgement
     * social norms and roles, social behaviours, social interaction
     * learning of interactive behaviours, learning in interactions,  
imitation learning
     * distant communication, wireless communication
     * others

Paper Submission:
Full papers can have up to 4 pages plus one page for an additional fee.

Important Dates:

     * July 30th, 2006: Due date for full paper submission
     * September 11th, 2006: Notification of acceptance
     * September 29th, 2006: Submission of camera-ready version of  
accepted papers
     * December 18th, 2006: Workshop (half day)

Program Committee:

     * Christel Kemke, University of Manitoba, Canada (chair)
     * Klaus Fischer, DFKI, Germany
     * Hans W. Guesgen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
     * Karin Harbusch, University of Koblenz, Germany
     * Stephen Helmreich, CRL, USA
     * Pourang Irani, University of Manitoba, Canada
     * Steffen Knoop, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
     * Stefan Kopp, University of Bielefeld, Germany
     * Geert-Jan Kruijff, DFKI, Germany
     * Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, and  
University of Windsor, Canada
     * Xin Liu, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
     * Lilia Moshkina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
     * Kevin Russell, University of Manitoba, Canada
     * Tran Cao Son, New Mexico State University, USA
     * Andre Trudel, Acadia University, Canada
     * Robert Trypuz, Institute for Applied Ontology, Italy
     * Sven Wachsmuth, University of Bielefeld, Germany
     * Christine Wu, University of Manitoba, Canada

Workshop Organization:

Dr. Christel Kemke, Department of Computer Science, University of  
Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
e-mail: ckemke at cs.umanitoba.ca

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