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IVA 2020: International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
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2020-06-15 Extended
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Glasgow, UK
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IVAs are interactive characters that exhibit human-like qualities including communicating using natural human modalities such as facial expressions, speech and gesture. IVAs are also capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allows them to participate in dynamic social situations. IVA 2020 aims to showcase cutting-edge research on the design, application, and evaluation of IVAs, as well as the basic research underlying the technology that supports human-agent interaction such as social perception, dialog modeling, and social behavior planning. We also welcome submissions on central theoretical issues, uses of virtual agents in psychological research and showcases of working applications.

IVA 2020 offers two submission tracks: Papers (8 pages, including references) and Extended Abstracts (3 pages, including references).

All submissions will be double-blind peer-reviewed by external expert reviewers. All accepted submissions will be published in the proceedings. Accepted full papers will be presented as a talk. Select rejected Full Papers may be invited for re-submission as extended abstracts for a second review phase. Accepted extended abstracts will be presented as a talk or a poster, depending on the outcome of the review process.


IVA invites submissions on a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

Agent Design and modeling of:

    Emotion (including personality and cultural differences)
    Socially communicative behavior (e.g., of emotions, personality traits)
    Conversational behavior
    Social perception
    Machine learning approaches to agent modeling
    Approaches to realizing adaptive behavior
    Models informed by theoretical and empirical research from psychology

Multimodal interaction:

    Verbal and nonverbal behavior coordination
    Face-to-face communication skills
    Managing co-presence and interpersonal relation
    Multi-party interaction
    Data driven multimodal modeling

Social agent architectures:

    Design criteria and design methodologies
    Engineering of real-time human-agent interaction
    Standards / measures to support interoperability
    Portability and reuse
    Specialized tools, toolkits and tool chains

Evaluation methods and studies:

    Evaluation methodologies and user studies
    Ethical considerations and societal impact
    Applicable lessons across fields (e.g. between robotics and virtual agents)
    Social agents as a means to study and model human behavior


    Applications in education, skills training, health, counseling, games, art, etc.
    Virtual agents in games and simulations
    Social agents as tools in psychology
    Migration between platforms


Exploring Connections between Computer Science, Robotics and Psychology.

Across computer science, robotics, psychology and the commercial world, there has been a rapid growth in the research, development and application of artificial social agents. Computer scientists and roboticists are researching graphics-based and physical social agents. Psychologists and neuroscientists are using these artifacts in laboratory experiments in order to study our interaction with them as well as to use them as confederates in the study of human behavior. Companies are actively developing similar technologies. However, these communities too rarely interact even though there are close synergies between psychology, the study of human behavior, and artificial social agents, the engineering of human behavior. The design of an artificial social agent involves the formalization of theories and data about human behavior, integration of resulting models into an agent and evaluation of its behavior, leveraging techniques derived from psychology. Each of these steps can in return be of fundamental value to psychological research. For example, formalization and integration forces one to concretely specify theoretical constructs and thereby expose hidden assumptions and gaps in theories. IVA 2020’s Special Topic provides an invitation to researchers and developers across disciplines to share their work on the challenges and uses of social agent research, in the hope to further trans-disciplinary collaboration.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-05-02
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