AISB miscellaneous Bulletin Item
1st CFP: JMUI Special Issue "Nonverbal Behavior Synthesis For Embodied Agents"
First Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces (JMUI), Springer, on NONVERBAL BEHAVIOR SYNTHESIS FOR EMBODIED AGENTS: Producing Expressive, Individual, Interpersonally and Socio-Culturally Aware Behavior =================================================================== Deadline for paper submission: 4 September 2009 This special issue will address the question of how to synthesize realistic, contextually appropriate nonverbal behavior for embodied agents. Such techniques may be based on empirical studies, cognitive models or statistical modeling of observed behaviors. The range of nonverbal behaviors includes all modalities of human communication, most notably speech, gesture, facial expression and posture. Key challenges include how to model cross-modal synchronization and how to take into account the world context, especially that of the participating interlocutors - both human and artificial. Current research aims at producing nonverbal behavior that tightly coheres across modalities while relating to the behavior of other interlocutors with respect to timing/form and taking social factors like status and intercultural differences into account. Approaches range from using low-level data such as motion capture, prosody or physical forces to drive the synthesis to more high-level, functional models employing grammars, semantics, information structure and discourse knowledge. The articles of this special issue will share the vision of making virtual agents more believable as a crucial step in making them an acceptable interface metaphor. Thus deployed, the agents have considerable potential, as virtual service or tutoring assistants, avatars in online social worlds or for non-player characters in computer games. We encourage submissions from AI researchers working on models for multimodal behavior planning, as well as interdisciplinary research covering psychology and the social sciences with a focus on evaluation studies. We specifically welcome contributions from computer graphics with a focus on efficient, data-driven algorithms. Finally, we also invite more theoretical contributions that clarify the conceptual levels of intra-agent processing as well as the contextual factors that affect the communicative setting and thus must be included in any model of behavior synthesis. =================================================================== Guest editors =================================================================== Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany Michael Neff, UC Davis, USA Jean-Claude Martin, LIMSI-CNRS, France =================================================================== Important Dates =================================================================== Deadline for paper submission: 4 September Notification of acceptance: 9 October Camera-ready version: 26 October Publication date: December 2009 =================================================================== Topics =================================================================== - Efficient methods and tools for realtime nonverbal behavior synthesis for agents, including novel computer animation techniques - Representations for nonverbal behavior; both for empirical research and as an interface between planning and realization modules - Virtual rapport and social resonance - Social and cultural side-conditions of nonverbal behavior production - Constructing and operationalizing cognitive models of nonverbal behavior synthesis - Interpersonal relation modeling - Evaluation studies of artificial nonverbal behavior - Empirical models for behavior synthesis - Modeling idiosyncratic nonverbal behavior, modeling style - Expressive embodied agents as a research tool for the social sciences - Applications: Multimodal dialogue systems with embodied agents, tools for creating nonverbal behavior, multimodal interaction in assisting, tutoring, therapy systems and computer games =================================================================== Instructions for Authors =================================================================== Submissions should be 8-12 pages long and must be written in English. Formatting instructions and templates are available on: http://www.jmui.org Authors should register and upload their submission on the following website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jmui/ During the submission process, please select "NONVERBAL special issue" as article type. Authors are encouraged to send to: firstname.lastname@example.org a brief email indicating their intention to participate as soon as possible, including their contact information and the topic they intend to address in their submissions.