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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICMI-2012 Workshop on Speech and Gesture Production in Virtually and Physically Embodied Conversational Agents, 26 Oct 2012, Santa Monica, California, USA

CONFERENCE: 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI-2012)
LOCATION: DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica, California, USA

  * Submission deadline: Monday, June 25, 2012
  * Notification: Monday, August 13, 2012
  * Camera-ready deadline: Monday, September 10, 2012
  * Workshop: Friday, October 26, 2012

This full day workshop aims to bring together researchers from the embodied conversational agent 
(ECA) and sociable robotics communities to spark discussion and collaboration between the related 
fields. The focus of the workshop will be on co-verbal behavior production  specifically, 
synchronized speech and gesture  for both virtually and physically embodied platforms. It will 
elucidate the subject in consideration of aspects regarding planning and realization of multimodal 
behavior production. Topics discussed will highlight common and distinguishing factors of their 
implementations within each respective field. The workshop will feature a panel discussion with 
experts from the relevant communities, and a breakout session encouraging participants to identify 
design and implementation principles common to both virtually and physically embodied sociable agents.

Under the focus of speech-gesture-based multimodal human-agent interaction, the workshop invites 
submissions describing original work, either completed or still in progress, related to one or more
of the following topics:
  * Computational approaches to:
    - Content and behavior planning, e.g., rule-based or probabilistic models
    - Behavior realization for virtual agents or sociable robots
  * From ECAs to physical robots: potential and challenges of cross-platform approaches
  * Behavior specification languages and standards, e.g., FML, BML, MURML
  * Speech-gesture synchronization, e.g., open-loop vs. closed-loop approaches
  * Situatedness within social/environmental contexts
  * Feedback-based user adaptation
  * Cognitive modeling of gesture and speech

Please send your intent to submit to prior to submitting. See 
the website for details.

Workshop contributions should be submitted via e-mail in the ACM publication style in one of the following formats:
  * Full paper (5-6 pages, PDF file)
  * Short position paper (2-4 pages, PDF file)
  * Demo video (1-3 minutes, common file formats, e.g., AVI or MP4) including an extended abstract 
(1-2 pages, PDF file)

If a submission exceeds 10MB, it should be made available online and a URL should be provided instead.

Submitted papers and abstracts should conform to the ACM publication style; for templates and 
examples, follow the link:

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings in ACM Digital Library; video 
submissions and accompanying abstracts will be published on the workshop website. Contributors 
will be invited to give either an oral or a video presentation at the workshop.

INVITED SPEAKER: Stefan Kopp (Bielefeld University)

  * Stacy Marsella (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Victor Ng-Thow-Hing (Honda Research Institute USA)
  * And more to be confirmed. See the website for updates.

  * Dan Bohus (Microsoft Research)
  * Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire)
  * Jonathan Gratch (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Alexis Heloir (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence)
  * Takayuki Kanda (ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories)
  * Jina Lee (Sandia National Laboratories)
  * Stacy Marsella (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Maja Matari (University of Southern California)
  * Louis-Philippe Morency (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
  * Bilge Mutlu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  * Victor Ng-Thow-Hing (Honda Research Institute USA)
  * Catherine Pelachaud (TELECOM ParisTech)

  * Ross Mead (University of Southern California)
  * Maha Salem (Bielefeld University)

  * Workshop Questions and Submissions (
  * Ross Mead (
  * Maha Salem (