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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters", 14 Sep 2011, ICELAND

Workshop on Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters (CMVC. 2011), Reykjavik, ICELAND

In present day world, there is an increased interaction between people belonging to different cultures. On one hand these encounters can be useful for bringing cultures closer, but also have the potential of causing unfortunate misunderstandings, which can escalate to all out conflicts.  Hofstede defines culture as forms of things in mind and their mental models of perceiving and interpreting them, Virtual characters can be used to enhance cultural understanding by making them culturally aware, In order to do this we can promote cultural influence to cognitive processes of perception, planning and the ability to react in a virtual world. In doing so the relationship between emotions and cultures is of significant importance. Theories related to emotional modulation, cultural differences and personality become the basis of modelling such virtual characters. This gives rise to number of issues to be looked at, e.g. how to model intelligent virtual characters so that they are culturally aware, making the interaction with these characters culturally motivated and to evaluate  what are the effects of using cultures in virtual characters.
Bringing leading researchers in the relevant areas of research will result in a broader discussion in importance and state of the art of this field and will be very useful in discussing technical and theoretical issues involved along with the challenges waiting for us in the future.
The workshop will focus, but is not limited to the following areas of research:
1.      Models of Cultures for Virtual Characters
2.      Culture based Narrative and Dialogue systems
3.      Culture Based  Interaction with Virtual Characters
4.      Evaluation Reports on user experience
5.      Case Studies on Emotions and Cultures
6.      Authoring Cultural Characters.

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers in the field of Computer Sciences, Psychology,
Cultural studies to discuss the state of the art in this field of research and explore the challenges
in the future. The workshop will be a combination of paper presentations and extended discussion 
sessions. We encourage the submission of long (8-9 pages) and short papers (5-6 pages). The format
of the submissions should be Springer (LNCS) accepted.  It is intended to compile a special issue 
journal for this workshop.

To submit please go to:
Paper Submission: July 1st 2011.
Feedback and Notification: August 15th 2011
Print Ready Paper: August 31st 2011
Workshop dates: 14th September 2011.
Organising Committee
Asad Nazir (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
Sandy Louchart (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)
Link to the Workshop page:
Reykjavik University
Reykjavik, ICELAND
Programme Committee:
Jens Allwood - University of Gteborg, Sweden
Elisabeth Andre- Augsburg University, Germany
Ruth Aylett- Heriot-Watt University, UK
Joanna J. Bryson  University of Bath, UK
Roberto Barra Chicote - La Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, Spain
Nick Degens- Wageningen University, Netherlands 
Sibylle Enz - Otto-Friedrich-Universitaet Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany
Liane Gabora Gabora - University of British Columbia, Canada
Lynne Hall  University of Sunderland, UK
Gert Jan Hofstede  Wageningen University, Netherlands          
Collette Hume -  University of Sunderland, UK
Tomoko Koda - Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan                                     
Michael Kriegel  Heriot-Watt University, UK
Syaheerah Lutfi - La Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, Spain                    
Juan Montero -  La Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, Spain                      
Yukiko Nakano - Seikei University Japan
Toyoaki Nishida  Kyoto University Japan                            
Ana Paiva - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigao e Desenvolvimento                                                                                        
Catherine Pelachaud - IUT de Montreuil, Universit de Paris 8, France
Christopher Ritter  Heriot-Watt University, UK                                                
G. Michael Youngblood  The University of North Carolina, USA.