7th International Conference on
Intelligent Virtual Agents

IVA 2007




Registration, 8:15

Opening, 8:50

Rendering and Analysis, 09:00-10:30

Simulation Level of Detail for Virtual Humans (30 mn)
Cyril Brom, Ondrej Sery, Tomas Poch

Towards Natural Gesture Synthesis: Evaluating gesture units in a data-driven approach to gesture synthesis (30 mn)
Michael Kipp, Michael Neff, Kerstin H. Kipp, Irene Albrecht

3D Audiovisual Rendering and Real-Time Interactive Control of Expressivity in a Talking Head (15 mn)
J.-C. Martin, C. d’Alessandro, C. Jacquemin, B. Katz, A. Max, L. Pointal and A. Rilliard

Semantic Segmentation of Motion Capture Using Laban Movement Analysis (15 mn)
Durell Bouchard and Norman Badler

coffee break, 10:30-11:00

Invited Talk - Luc Steels: How Robots May Evolve Their Own Language, 11:00-12:00

Culture and Identity, 12:00-13:00

A Computational Model of Culture-Specific Conversational Behavior (30 mn)
Dusan Jan, David Herrera, Bilyana Martinovski, David Novick, David Traum

Ethnic Identity and Engagement in Embodied Conversational Agents (15 mn)
Francisco Iacobelli and Justine Cassell

Neuroticism – a Competitive Advantage (also) for IVAs? (15 mn)
Christoph Hermann, Helmuth Melcher, Stefan Rank, Robert Trappl

lunch, 13:00-14:15

Behavior models, 14:15-16:15

Emotionally Expressive Head and Body Movement During Gaze Shifts (30 mn)
Brent Lance and Stacy Marsella

Fuzzy Similarity of Facial Expressions of Embodied Agents (30 mn)
Radoslaw Niewiadomski, Catherine Pelachaud

The Behavior Markup Language: Recent Developments and Challenges (30 mn)
Hannes Vilhjalmsson, Nathan Cantelmo, Justine Cassell, Nicolas E. Chafai, Michael Kipp, Stefan Kopp, Maurizio Mancini, Stacy Marsella, Andrew N. Marshall, Catherine Pelachaud, Zsofi Ruttkay, Kristinn R. Thorisson, Herwin van Welbergen, Rick van der Werf

Dynamic behavior qualifiers for conversational agents (30 mn)
Maurizio Mancini, Catherine Pelachaud

coffee break, 16:15-16:45

Industrial demos, 16:45-19:00

Poster, Demo, Cocktail, 19:00-21:00





Conversation models, 09:00-10:15

Creating Rapport with Virtual Agents (30 mn)
Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, Jillian Gerten, Edward Fast and Robin Duffy

Incremental Multimodal Feedback for Conversational Agents (15 mn)
Stefan Kopp, Thorsten Stocksmeier, Dafydd Gibbon

Searching for Prototypical Facial Feedback Signals (15 mn)
Dirk Heylen, Elisabetta Bevacqua, Marion Tellier, Catherine Pelachaud

Fluid Semantic Back-Channel Feedback in Dialogue: Challenges & Progress (15 mn)
Gudny R. Jonsdottir, Jonathan Gratch, Edward Fast, Kristinn R. Thorisson

coffee break, 10:15-10:45

Invited Talk - Sotaro Kita: Gesture and culture, 10:45-11:45

Dialogues 11:45-12:30

T2D: Generating Dialogues between Virtual Agents Automatically from Text (30 mn)
Paul Piwek, Hugo Hernault, Helmut Prendinger and Mitsuru Ishizuka

So Let's See: Taking and Keeping the Initiative in collaborative Dialogues (15 mn)
Sabine Payr

lunch, 12:30-13:45

Applications, 13:45-15:45

Health Document Explanation by Virtual Agents (30 mn)
Timothy W. Bickmore, Laura M. Pfeifer, and Michael K. Paasche-Orlow

Virtual Patients for Clinical Therapist Skills Training (30 mn)
Patrick Kenny, Thomas D. Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Albert A. Rizzo

The Virtual Anatomy Assistant Ritchie: Integrating a Virtual Agent into the Real World (30 mn)
Volker Wiendl, Klaus Dorfmueller-Ulhaas, Nicolas Schulz, Elisabeth Andre

Proactive Authoring for Interactive Drama: An Author's Assistant (30 mn)
Mei Si, Marsella C. Stacy, David V. Pynadath

coffee break, 15:45-16:15

Evaluation, 16:15-17:30

The effects of an embodied conversational agent?s nonverbal behavior on user?s evaluation and behavioral mimicry (30 mn)
Nicole Kramer, Nina Simons, Stefan Kopp

Spatial Social Behavior in Second Life (30 mn)
Doron Friedman, Anthony Steed, Mel Slater

Generating Embodied Descriptions Tailored to User Preferences (15 mn)
Mary Ellen Foster

Gala, 17:30-18:30

Social Dinner, 20:00-24:00





Gaze models, 09:00-10:15

Scrutinizing natural scenes: controlling the gaze of an embodied conversational agent (30 mn)
Antoine Picot, Gerard Bailly, Frederic Elisei, Stephan Raidt

Attentive Presentation Agents (30 mn)
Tobias Eichner, Helmut Prendinger, Elisabeth Andre, Mitsuru Ishizuka

The Rickel Gaze Model: A Window on the Mind of a Virtual Human (15 mn)
Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Jonathan Gratch, Brent Lance

coffee break, 10:15-10:45

Invited Talk - Drifa Benseghir, 10:45-11:45

Emotions, 11:45-13:15

Embodied Creative Agents: A social-cognitive framework (30 mn)
S. Buisine, A. Aoussat, J.C. Martin

Feel the difference: A Guide with Attitude! (30 mn)
MeiYii Lim and Ruth Aylett

It's All in the Anticipation (15 mn)
Carlos Martinho and Ana Paiva

Incorporating Emotion Regulation into Virtual Stories (15 mn)
Tibor Bosse, Matthijs Pontier, Ghazanfar F. Siddiqui, and Jan Treur

Closing session, 13:15-13:30


Poster and demo sessions

  1. Endowing emotional agents with coping strategies: from emotions to emotional behaviour, Carole Adam, Dominique Longin
  2. From IVAs to Comics: Generating Comic Strips from Emergent Stories with Autonomous Characters, Tiago Alves, Ana Simoes, Marco Vala, Ana Paiva, Adrian McMichael, Ruth Aylett
  3. Emotional Agents with Team Roles to Support Human Group Training, Raul Antonio Aguilar Vera, Angelica de Antonio and Ricardo Imbert
  4. Context Awareness in Mobile Relational Agents, Timothy W. Bickmore, Daniel Mauer and Thomas Brown
  5. Teaching Human-like Movements to Autonomous Agents via Implicit Training, Anton Bogdanovych, Marc Esteva, Simeon Simoff and Carles Sierra
  6. Human actors and virtual agents playing together to transform stage direction practices, Alain Bonardi, Christine Zeppenfelde
  7. Towards characters with a full episodic memory, Cyril Brom, Klara Peskova, Jiri Lukavsky
  8. Towards fast prototyping of IVAs behavior: Pogamut 2, Ondrej Burkert, Rudolf Kadlec, Jakub Gemrot, Michal Bida, Jan Havlicek, Martin Dorfler, Cyril Brom
  9. Towards a Multicultural ECA Tour Guide System, A. Cerekovic, H.-H. Huang, I. S. Pandzic, Y. Nakano and T. Nishida
  10. Towards the specification of an ECA with variants of gestures, Nicolas Ech Chafai, Catherine Pelachaud, Danielle Pele
  11. AI-RPG Toolkit: Towards A Deep Model Implementation for Improvisational Virtual Drama, Chung-Cheng Chiu, Edward Chao-Chun Kao, Paul Hsueh-Min Chang, and Von-Wun Soo
  12. Attention Based, Naive Strategies, for Guiding Intelligent Virtual Agents, Damien Clauzel, Claudia Roda, Laurent Ach, Benoit Morel
  13. Behavioural Reactive Agents for Video Game Opponents with Personalities, Carlos Delgado-Mata, Jesus Ibanez-Martinez
  14. Adapting hierarchical social organisation by integrating fear into an agent architecture, Pablo Lucas dos Anjos, Ruth Aylett, Alison Cawsey
  15. Roles of a Talking Head in a Cooperative Human-Robot Dialogue System, Mary Ellen Foster
  16. Modeling Imitational Behavior via Social Comparison TheoryNatalie Fridman and Gal A. Kaminka
  17. Social animation in complex environments, Francisco Grimaldo, Miguel Lozano, Fernando Barber
  18. A Script Driven Multimodal Embodied Conversational Agent Based on a Generic Framework, Hung-Hsuan Huang, Aleksandra Cerekovic, Igor S. Pandzic, Yukiko Nakano and Toyoaki Nishida
  19. A Quiz Game Console Based on a Generic Embodied Conversational Agent Framework, Hung-Hsuan Huang, Taku Inoue, Aleksandra Cerekovic, Igor S. Pandzic, Yukiko Nakano and Toyoaki Nishida
  20. AVSML: An XML-based Markup Language for Web Information Integration in 3D Virtual Space, Yasuhiko Kitamura, Yatsuho Shibata, Keisuke Tokuda, Kazuki Kobayashi and Noriko Nagata
  21. Simulation Environment for Anticipatory Behaving Agents from the Artificial Life Domain, Karel Kohout, Pavel Nahodil
  22. Towards an architecture for aligned speech and gesture production, Stefan Kopp, Kirsten Bergmann
  23. Avatar puppetry using real-time audio and video analysis, Sylvain Le Gallou, Gaspard Breton, Renaud Seguier, Christophe Garcia
  24. Towards a theory of mind for synthetic characters, Sandy Louchart, Ruth Aylett
  25. An Expressive Avatar for Instant Messaging Endowed with Emotional Intelligence, Alena Neviarouskaya, Helmut Prendinger, Mitsuru Ishizuka
  26. ALICIA: An Architecture for Intelligent Affective Agents, Marco Paleari, Brian Duffy and Benoit Huet
  27. Towards a unified model of social and environment-directed agent gaze behaviour, Christopher Peters
  28. Automatic Generation of Expressive Gaze in Virtual Animated Characters: From Artists Craft to a Behavioral Animation Model, Rossana Baptista Queiroz, Leandro Motta Barros and Soraia Raupp Musse
  29. Analyzing gaze during face-to-face interaction, Stephan Raidt, Gerard Bailly & Frederic Elisei
  30. Affect and Metaphor in an ICA: Further Developments, C J Smith, T H Rumbell, J A Barnden, M G Lee, S R Glasbey and A M Wallington
  31. A Case-based Approach to Intelligent Virtual Agent's Interaction Experience Representation, Haris Supic
  32. Modeling Spatiotemporal Uncertainty in Dynamic Virtual Environments, Spyros Vosinakis, George Anastassakis, Themis Panayiotopoulos

Industrial Demos

  1. Avatars Contributions to Commercial Applications with Living Actor Technology, Laurent Ach, Benoit Morel
  2. The CereVoice Characterful Speech Synthesiser SDK, Matthew P. Aylett, Christopher J. Pidcock
  3. VirtuOz Interactive Agents, Aurelie Cousseau
  4. Techniques of Dialogue Simulation, Fred Roberts, Bjorn Gulsdorff
Hosted by the National Technical University of Athens.