[Elsnet-list] Fwd: Bellagio 08: third circular and call for papers. Apologies if you get more than one of these.

Yorick Wilks Yorick at dcs.shef.ac.uk
Wed Mar 12 19:41:41 CET 2008

>>                  		    HUMAN-COMPUTER CONVERSATION
>>                                   		   CALL FOR PAPERS
>> 					   6-7 October, 2008
>>                              			Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni,  
>> Bellagio
>> The purpose of the workshop is to bring together academic  
>> researchers and industrialists concerned with all aspects of human- 
>> computer conversation and the associated research  issues of  
>> emotion, relationships, companionship, embodiment, ECAs, memory,  
>> evaluation etc. that persistent, personalised computational agents  
>> will need solutions for if they are to exist, as they will, in the  
>> reasonably near future. The earlier workshops in this series (see  
>> the first at http://icon.shef.ac.uk/meetings/bellagio/) were  
>> highly successful at getting industry groups to display their  
>> interests and prototypes as did university and independent  
>> researchers.
>> Since 2000, there has been a great upsurge in research funding,  
>> and another aim of the meeting will be to bring together members  
>> of currently active research consortia in the EU and US, such as  
>> workshop is being held under the auspices of the EU 6FP IP  
>> COMPANIONS (www. companions-project.org)(2006-2010). Bellagio and  
>> the Villa Serbelloni are among the finest spots in the world for  
>> thought and reflection: see http://www.villaserbelloni.com/
>> Abstracts due:  1 July 2008
>> Authors notified: 31 July 2008
>> Final papers due: 5 September 2008
>> Abstracts should use a simple template (modelled on two-column  
>> AISB format) at (Word version):
>> http://www.companions-project.org/downloads/Bellagio08_template.doc
>> Abstracts should not exceed two pages. Final papers should not  
>> exceed five pages.
>> Yorick Wilks (U. Sheffield)
>> James Allen (U. West Florida)
>> Ellizabeth Andre (U. Augsburg)
>> David Benyon (Napier U.)
>> Christopher Brewster (U. Sheffield)
>> Harry Bunt ( U. Tilburg)
>> Marc Cavazza (U. Teessside)
>> Emmet Coin (ejTalk, USA)
>> Oliver Lemon (U. Edinburgh)
>> Bjorn Gamback (SICS, Stockholm)
>> Louise Guthrie (U. Sheffield)
>> Aravind Joshi (U. Pennsylvania)
>> Anton Nijholt (U. Twente)
>> Catherine Pelachaud (U. Paris)
>> Steve Pulman (U. Oxford)
>> Akira Shimazu (JAIST, Japan)
>> Tomek Strzalkowski (U. Albany)
>> Markku Turunen (U. Tampere)
>> Mats Wiren (U. Stockholm)
>> INVITED TALKS (not all yet confirmed)
>> James Allen (U. West Florida)
>> Aude Billard (EPFL, Geneva)
>> Harry Bunt ( U. Tilburg)
>> Marc Cavazza (U. Teessside)
>> Oliver Lemon (U. Edinburgh)
>> Tim Paek (Microsoft Research, Redmond)
>> Information and an online payment method will be posted on the  
>> project site
>>            http://www.companions-project.org/events/ 
>> 200810_bellagio.cfm
>> and an email circular will tell you registration is open. At that  
>> time we shall also post travel and hotel information etc. Those  
>> wishing to ensure that they get rooms in the Villa Serbelloni  
>> itself should book now at the website above, mentioning the  
>> workshop and asking for the special price. The registration fee  
>> (under 400 euro and 200 euro for full-time students) will include  
>> a welcome reception in the Villa as well as a special lunch on the  
>> terrace over Lake Como. Registration will be limited to 100  
>> participants.

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