[Elsnet-list] CFP: Workshop on Real-time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA)

Jonas Beskow beskow at kth.se
Mon Jun 18 13:36:53 CEST 2012


(apologies for cross-posting)


First Call for Papers:

Workshop on Real-time Conversations with Virtual Agents (RCVA)
Santa Cruz, CA, September 15, 2012
http://wwwhome.ewi.utwente.nl/~koki/rcva/
(in conjunction with IVA 2012)

Organizers:
Jens Edlund - KTH
Iwan de Kok - University of Twente
Ronald Poppe - University of Twente
David Traum - USC Institute for Creative Technologies

Outline:
Engaging in face-to-face conversations with virtual agents requires
real-time behavior interpretation, modeling and generation. Advances in
sensor technology, dialog management and animation bring within reach the
goal of talking with virtual agents. And still, challenges remain in each
of these areas, and in their combination into fully responsive, real-time
interactive systems.

What are the implications of striving for real-time interaction for the
following topics:

- Behavior interpretation: sensors such as microphones, cameras, gaze
trackers and Kinects are used to observe human conversational partners.
Analyzing sensor data and interpreting the human's behavior, both verbally
and non-verbally, in real-time is challenging. We specifically focus on
(incremental) feature extraction, (multi-modal) social signal processing
and innovative real-time approaches to behavior analysis and understanding.
In addition to conventional aspects of face-to-face dialogs, we also
welcome work on real-time capturing of aspects such as breathing and
laughter.

- Behavior modeling: conversations between humans and virtual agents
require proper modeling of the dialog, including turn-taking mechanisms,
feedback and grounding. We solicit papers that address challenges in this
area, with a focus on real-time face-to-face conversations between one or
multiple humans and one or multiple virtual agents. In addition, online
modeling of a virtual agent's communicative behavior, in terms of
personality and role, is of interest.

- Interactive systems: behavior interpretation, modeling and generation can
be combined into real-time interactive systems that allow us to have
conversations with virtual agents. Papers on specification and
implementation of such fully interactive systems are within the scope of
the workshop, as are conceptual frameworks or toolboxes for their
development. Adaptation to the human conversational partner and the
evaluation of interactive systems are of particular interest.

- Co-presence: in fields such as augmented reality, the border between the
virtual and the physical has long been blurred. With recent technological
developments, e.g. back-projected or actuated robot heads and virtual
reality displays, the distinction has also become fuzzy when it comes to
conversational agents. Co-present face-to-face communication between a
human and an agent requires, in some sense, that they exist in the same
reality. Papers examining how human-avatar conversations bridge this
interface between the virtual and the physical are welcome.

Submission:
We invite authors to submit short papers (6-8 pages) in the style of IVA
(Springer LNCS, http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/lncs+authors). Papers
can be submitted through the conference system at
https://www.softconf.com/c/iva2012/ Please indicate clearly that you submit
the paper to the RCVA workshop.

Publication:
All accepted papers will appear online on the website of the workshop.
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions of
their work to be published in a special issue of the Springer Journal on
Multimodal User Interfaces (JMUI,
http://www.springer.com/computer/hci/journal/12193).

Important dates:
- Submission deadline: July 9, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2012
- Camera ready deadline: August 31, 2012
- Main conference: September 12-14, 2012
- Workshop: September 15, 2012

Program committee:
- Jonas Beskow - KTH
- Dan Bohus - Microsoft Research
- Frédéric Delauney - Plymouth University
- Joakim Gustafson - KTH
- Dirk Heylen - University of Twente
- Hung-Hsuan Huang - Ritsumeikan University
- Kristiina Jokinen - University of Helsinki
- Stefan Kopp - Bielefeld University
- Louis-Philippe Morency - USC Institute for Creative Technologies
- Yukiko Nakano - Seikei University
- David Schlangen - Bielefeld University
- Nigel Ward - University of Texas









-- 
Jonas Beskow, Associate professor
KTH Centre for Speech Technology
Lindstedstvägen 24
10044 Stockholm
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