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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST: the 13th Int. Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2013)

Since its conception as a small ECAI workshop in 1998, the International Conference Intelligent 
Virtual Agents (IVA) has become a central event for researchers in synthetic characters, intelligent
virtual agents, embodied interactive systems, conversational agents, and virtual animals. It has 
links to work in artificial intelligence, computer animation, human-computer interaction, spoken 
dialogue systems and social robots. Since 2005 IVA has become an annual event, and in 2012 is 
taking place in Santa Cruz, California.

This call asks for proposals to host the 13th event in 2013. In keeping with past events the aim is
to hold the event in September 2013, with an  attendance of around 100.  We are happy to consider 
proposals both in locations in Europe, and outside of it.

An important goal is to facilitate the participation of students and young researchers, so keeping 
the cost of attendance low is also an important criterion.

Details of recent events can be seen at: (2007, Paris) (2008, Tokyo) (2009, Amsterdam) (2010, Philadelphia) (2011, Reykjavik) (2012, Santa Cruz)

If you think you'd like to host IVA, please submit a brief (3 pages) proposal including:

1. Who you are (the organising team) and any previous experience you have of running workshops in 
IVA-related and other fields. We would encourage new groups to include someone with previous 
experience of the IVA event.

2. A description of the proposed venue, including meeting facilities, accommodation and travel access.

3. An outline budget (likely costs and expenditure) and estimate of registration cost.

4. Exact dates in September 2013 for the meeting. Note we would like to avoid clashes with other 
conferences in related areas (some examples are ACII2013, and Interspeech 2013) and you should 
indicate which you have checked.

5. Any special theme or topic: for example the special topic for IVA2011 was Language and Culture.

The evaluation criteria will include: 
(1) cost effectiveness;
(2) professionalism of proposal and track record of the proposers;
(3) accessibility of the location(i.e. access to airports, etc);
(4) venue attractiveness (e.g. quality of facilities and support of  "togetherness").

You can find some past successful bids at

Please send the proposal to:,,,,,,,

***by Aug 10th 20012*** 

The result will be announced at IVA2012.