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Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that
exhibit human-like qualities and communicate with humans or with each
other using natural human modalities such as
speech and gesture. They are capable of realtime perception,
cognition and action that allows them to participate in dynamic social environments.
IVA 2011 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main forum for presenting
research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents
with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior.
In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the
showcasing of working applications. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to intelligent virtual agents.
IVA 2011 will be hosted by Reykjavík University in Iceland, and held at the nearby Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura.
The Technical Program and Social Program have been updated! Make sure to check out the Useful Info before you arrive. Note that registration is now closed.
Co-Located Workshop: Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters
Consider attending the co-located workshop on Culturally Motivated Virtual Agents that takes place the day before IVA starts. Read more...
Co-Located Meeting: Special interest group on the Behavior Markup Language (BML)
A BML working meeting will be held the day before IVA starts. If you are interested in contributing to the ongoing development of the BML specification, and especially if you are implementing BML related tools, please contact Dennis Reidsma or Herwin van Welbergen
In Cooperation with
BML SIG Meeting Sponsored by
Authors of all published IVA2011 papers were invited to submit supplementary video materials. These materials are all made accessible here:
Demonstrating and Testing the BML Compliance of BML Realizers
Herwin van Welbergen, Yuyu Xu, Marcus Thiebaux, Wei-Wen Feng, Jingqiao Fu, Dennis Reidsma, Ari Shapiro
[WMV] (18 MB)
Control of speech-related facial movements of an avatar from video
Guillaume Gibert, Catherine Stevens
[WMV] (11 MB)
A Framework for Motion Based Bodily Enaction with Virtual Characters
Pugliese Roberto, Klaus Lehtonen
[MP4] (30 MB)
Backchannels: Quantity, Type and Timing Matters
Ronald Poppe, Khiet Truong, Dirk Heylen
[AVI (original)] (3 MB) [AVI (random)] (3 MB)
Expressing Emotions on Robotic Companions with Limited Facial Expression Capabilities
Tiago Ribeiro, Iolanda Leite, Ana Paiva, Jan Kedzierski, Adam Oleksy
[AVI] (44 MB)
Don't Scratch! Self-adaptors Reflect Emotional Stability
Michael Neff, Nicholas Toothman, Robeson Bowmani, Jean Fox Tree, Marilyn Walker
[AVI] (16 MB)
Virtual Rapport 2.0
Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch
[MP4] (5 MB)
Long paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes, short paper presentations should be limited to 10 minutes. This is a very hard limit. In addition to the presentation times, after each talk there will be time for some questions and discussion.
Use the break before your session starts to report to your session chair inside the lecture hall and either upload your presentation to the presentation computer or test your own laptop with the projection equipment.
Poster Presentations and Demos
The posters/demo session will take place during the opening reception on the first day of the conference from 18:00 - 19:30. It will be hosted at Reykjavik University's central building. You are expected to set up your posters before the reception starts, that is, anytime between 17:00-18:00. Please go through the main entrance of the central lobby and up the big stairs to the second floor foyer.
Poster stands will be numbered, and your stand will have the same number as your poster in the Technical Program.
The poster stands will fit posters up to size 150cm x 95cm (height x width). Materials to fasten the posters will be available and student volunteers will be there to help. There will also be tables with electricity plugs for those who plan to give a live demo (internet connection will be via Wi-Fi). Please contact the poster/demo chair, Yngvi Bjornsson (yngvi [at] ru [dot] is) asap if you require a demo table.
Co-Located Workshop: Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters
The International Workshop on Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters 2011 takes place at Reykjavik University on September 14th, the day before IVA starts. This is therefore a golden opportunity to attend both events.
Make sure to check out the CMVC 2011 Call for Papers.
The paper submission date for the workshop is July 20th (Note the extension!). You will be able to register for the workshop at the same time you register for IVA. For more information about the workshop, please visit the CMVC 2011 Workshop Website or contact the organizers Asad Nazir (A.Nazir@hw.ac.uk) and Sandy Louchart (Sandy@macs.hw.ac.uk).
Conceptual Frameworks for IVAs
- learned, evolved or emergent behavior
- improvisational or dramatic interaction
- stages of autonomy (from avatars to agents)
- simulations of groups and crowds
- face-to-face human-agent interaction
Design and Evaluation of IVAs
- design criteria and design methodologies
- evaluation methodologies and user studies
- ethical considerations and social impact
- dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
- models of personality and cultural awareness
- models of social competence
- models of multimodal perception and action
- models of emotional communicative behavior
Implementation and Applications of IVAs
- software engineering issues
- real-time integrated systems
- portability and reuse
- standards / measures to support interoperability
- specialized tools, toolkits and tool chains
- specialized modeling and animation technologies
- applications in games, education, art, etc.
- delivery on various platforms
2011 Special Topic: Language and Culture
- conversational and story-telling agents
- spoken and multimodal dialog interaction
- language and culture training agents
- applications for heritage preservation
- multi-lingual and cross-cultural issues
Dr. Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir (DAY 1)
Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir is Associate Research Professor and Head of the Manuscript department at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
in Reykjavík, Iceland. She gained her first degree in Iceland and pursued further studies at the universities of Toronto, Copenhagen and London where she completed her Ph.D. She was Lecturer in Icelandic at University College London for six years before taking up her current post at the Árni Magnússon Institute. Her published work includes articles on medieval Bible translations and the development of universal history in Iceland, as well as philological studies and textual criticism. She co-edits the complete edition of the works of poet Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614-74) which is under way at the institute, and heads a research project, funded by The Icelandic Research Fund, on the manuscript transmission of Njáls saga. In 2003 she received the RANNÍS Motivation Award for Young Researchers and in 2010 she was awarded the Dag Strömbäck prize by Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien in Uppsala, Sweden.
Touching the Past: The challenge of mediating cultural heritage
The talk introduces the medieval literature of Iceland, principally the so-called Sagas of Icelanders, and discusses its transmission through the centuries and its role in modern nation-building. The talk then focuses on the challenge of mediating this literature in the 21st century while paying due regard to the preconceptions and the needs of the modern reader, but without losing sight of the medieval culture that gave birth to these texts. Icelanders often pride themselves on their ability to read the sagas in unmediated form - but the issue is more complex as the talk endeavours to show.
Dr. Jens Edlund (DAY 2)
After studies of linguistics and computational linguistics in the
90s, Jens Edlund started working with speech technology at Swedish
telecom Telia's research department in 1996, working mainly with
spoken dialogue systems such as Telia's ATIS system. After a brief
spell of similar work at SRI's now-defunct Cambridge branch, he joined
KTH Speech, Music and Hearing and the Centre for Speech Technology in
Stockholm in 1999, where he has since worked with all aspects of
spoken dialogue system research, with a persistent focus on
humanlikeness. In recent years, the study of human-human interaction
has become an increasingly prominent part of his work.
Talking with humans and with humanlike machines
An illustrated walk-through of visionary goal: to learn
enough about human face-to-face interaction that we are able to create
an artificial conversational partner that is humanlike. I will
present background and motivation for the long-term research goal of
creating humanlike spoken dialogue systems together with examples of
first steps: examples of humanlike components for human-machine
interaction and studies of human-human interaction, with a focus on
interactive phenomena at the expense of propositional content and
Dr. Srinivas Naryanan (CANCELLED)
Prof. Srini Narayanan is a core faculty member in the Cognitive Science Division
and at the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences (ICBS
) at the University of California at Berkeley and leads the strongly interdisciplinary ICSI
Artificial Intelligence group comprising of computer scientists, linguists, and neuroscientists studying language, computation, and cognition. Prof. Narayanan is a Principal Investigator (PI) on the Neural Theory of Language (NTL)
project at ICSI and UC Berkeley. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, natural language understanding, computational biology, semantic search, and information technology for developing regions.
Simulation Semantics: A computational framework for exploring the links between communication, cognition, and action.
The Berkeley/ICSI NTL project is an ongoing attempt to model language behavior in a way that is both cognitively plausible and computationally practical. Work within these projects coupled with a variety of converging evidence from cognitive linguistics, psychology and neuroscience suggests that language understanding involves embodied enactment which we call "simulation semantics". Simulation semantics hypothesizes the mind as "simulating" the external world while functioning in it. The "simulation" takes the best-fitting model of the noisy linguistic input together with general knowledge and makes new inferences to figure out what the input means and to guide response. Monitoring the state of the external world, finding the best-fitting analysis, drawing inferences, and acting jointly constitute a dynamic ongoing interactive process. In terms of language processing, simulation semantics integrates probabilistic dynamic inference with deep semantic analysis based on construction grammar, frame semantics, and cognitive linguistics. This talk reports on a computational realization of the simulation semantics hypothesis and preliminary results on applying the model to vexing problems in language understanding. Based on these results and those from a variety of ongoing imaging and behavioral experiments, I will argue that simulation semantics provides a crucial bridge that ties the multi-disciplinary evidence together to produce new insights into the nature of language.
The GALA 2011 Video Festival
GALA is an annual festival, held in conjunction with IVA, to showcase the latest Animated Lifelike Agents created by university students and academic or industrial research groups. GALA consists of: (a) A final video screening event to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in the technology of virtual humans; (b) The GALA Jury Award for student projects and the GALA Public Award for any entry; (c) The permanent GALA Gallery on the web with the best entries exhibited for further study; and (d) The possibility of a short paper (2 pages) publication in the IVA proceedings.
Please visit the GALA 2011 web site for detailed information about submitting your video!
Special topic: Language and Culture
In 2011 the IVA conference will focus on Language and Culture. This topic will touch on many aspects of Intelligent
Virtual Agent theory and application. To name a few areas, we will especially
encourage submissions that deal with spoken language interaction with agents,
including dialog and story-telling agents. Application areas include language
and culture training, heritage preservation and entertainment. Interesting
issues include how systems deal with a variety of languages, linguistic and
cultural modeling, and cultural differences in human-agent interaction.
This topic is very appropriate for the Icelandic venue for several reasons:
Icelandic is only spoken by 320 thousand people, and therefore the study,
preservation and expansion of the language is of great national concern.
One of Iceland's greatest cultural heritages is in the form of Sagas written
in Icelandic in the 12th century. These chronicles of family life, as well
as Viking conquest, started a literary tradition that pervades Icelandic society
still today. Iceland publishes far more books per capita every year than any
other nation (excluding the Vatican!), a large portion of which are personal
histories. Technology is playing an increasing role in the Icelandic linguistic
and cultural landscape, especially in the growing creative industry.
For example, in 2011 a 3D animated feature movie based on Norse mythology
will be released by the Icelandic animation studio Caoz.
The Venue in Iceland
A Nordic island of 320 thousand people, Iceland sits on the Atlantic ridge that divides the American and European continents. Breathtaking natural phenomena ranging from steaming mud pools and geysers, to northern lights and glacial lakes, have inspired artists and scientists here for over 1000 years. The home of several universities, countless museums and galleries, and a world renowned music scene, Iceland offers a unique blend of cosmopolitan life and arctic tranquility.
Iceland's city of Reykjavik is the world's northern most capital of a sovereign state. However, Reykjavik is much warmer than most locations at similar latitude. The average mid-winter temperatures are not significantly lower than those in New York City. In September, we can expect temperatures around 8 °C (46 °F). It is worth noting that all buildings in Reykjavik are heated with geothermal energy.
Reykjavik University Campus
The site we have chosen for IVA 2011 is the Nauthólsvík area, only 20 minute walking distance from Reykjavik
downtown. This is the new home of the Reykjavik University campus, and is also the location of one of
Reykjavik's largest green parks, highest viewing decks (at Perlan restaurant) and warmest beaches.
This is a favorite recreational area for the city inhabitants.
The main conference will take place at the
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, which is a four star hotel in this area. Shuttles connect the hotel to downtown (could also be walked in 20-30 minutes) and the international airport. The hotel is about 10 minute walk from the heart of the RU campus.
NOTE: During the conference, special IVA buses will connect the conference hotel with the other hotels. Please refer to the updated Useful Information Guide for the bus schedule.
The IVA 2011 Map
You can view the relevant locations on the IVA 2011 Reykjavik Map.
Travel to Iceland
Traveling to Iceland is very easy and relatively inexpensive. Two Icelandic airlines fly to major
destinations in both the US and Europe, including New York, Boston, Seattle, London, Paris,
Berlin, Geneva and Barcelona to name a few. One of those airlines is a low-cost carrier (Iceland Express),
offering round-trips from New York at approx. 250 EUR and round-trips from London at approx.
130 EUR in the fall. Other airlines include SAS and Delta.
The Keflavik International Airport in Iceland is a 40 minute drive from downtown Reykjavik,
but frequent coaches (Flybus) make the trip comfortable and the scenic drive only adds to
the experience. The Flybus stops at the BSI Central Bus Station in Reykjavik which is actually
quite close to the conference venue. Passengers have the option of taking shuttles all the way
to their hotels from the BSI Central Bus Station at a slight extra cost.
Strict Deadline: June 24th, 2011 (Midnight GMT)
Carefully revise your camera-ready copy of your paper according to the comments and suggestions of the reviewers. You must also follow the detailed Springer formatting instructions for "Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes"
You must submit the following (in a ZIP file) via the IVA 2011 ConfMaster System by June 24th:
- Completed Copyright Form. (Scanned copyright forms or digital signatures are acceptable. One author may sign on behalf of all the authors of a particular paper). The editors of the proceedings are Stefan Kopp, Stacy Marsella, Kristinn Thorisson and Hannes Vilhjalmsson. Please do not send the copyright form directly to Springer.
- Source files for your camera-ready paper copy. This should either be based on LaTeX or RTF (We cannot accept DOC or DOCX! For these you should save as RTF). Make sure to check the author instructions for more information.
- Final PDF file of your camera-ready copy (for reference).
- A text file (TXT) that contains the name, email and phone number of the BEST person to contact during the summer if any formatting issues arise.
Please review the following check-list when preparing your camera-ready copy.
- Full paper cannot exceed 14 pages, short papers exceed 7 pages and posters exceed 2 pages (including references). This is a strict requirement.
- Follow the author instructions closely.
- Write your name consistently if you are author of several papers.
- It should be clear which of the authors' names are first names and which are surnames (and if they have more than one surname, under which surname the author wishes to be listed in the author index). The names will appear as initial(s) plus surname(s) in the running heads (inserted by the publisher) and as surname(s), first name(s) in the author index.
- If your email address is given in your paper, it will also be included in the meta data of the Springer online version.
- Your figures need to be clearly legible and centered horizontally on the page, with no text on either side.
- All figures should be suitable for printing in black and white. If you send colored figures, please make sure that they are also legible in black and white.
- Make sure that the text does not refer to colors in the figures (such as bars in bar graphs).
- Double-check that your references follow the correct style of numbered list (check earlier IVA proceedings for reference if you like).
Please remember that at least one author must attend the conference to present your paper. We strongly recommend that you make use of early registration which ends on July 10th
The IVA 2011 conference is soliciting full papers (12 pages),
short papers (6 pages), and poster papers (1-2 pages) that cover one or more of the conference topics. Accepted full
length papers will receive a slot for oral presentation in the
conference. Accepted short papers will be presented orally or, at the
discretion of the conference chairs, presented in the poster
session. Poster papers will be presented in the poster session.
All submissions are evaluated in a double-blind peer-review
process. The reviewers' main criteria for evaluation are originality,
relevance, significance, presentation quality, adequate assessment of
the state-of-the-art, and overall quality of the contribution. All
accepted papers (full, short, poster) will be published by Springer.
Anonymous submissions should be made electronically in PDF format, and
prepared following the formatting instructions of Springer:
Information for LNCS Authors (see
under Proceedings and Other Multiauthor Volumes). For the sake
of anonymity, remove any information from your submission that
identifies you or any of the other authors, or any of your
institutions or places of work. Authors may also submit a
companion video (see below).
Submissions are not closed
A companion video can underline qualities of your actual system and
provide supplementary information. For each paper submission, we
accept one companion video (QuickTime, AVI, WMV file formats, with MPEG or DivX compression) with a maximum length of 5 minutes and a maximum file size of 100 MB. Simply zip or tar the video along with your paper and submit both through ConfMaster. Please make sure that the video does not reveal the identity of the authors.
Demo Session, Journal Publication, Best Paper Award
All authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to give demo in
the demo session (details will follow). Selected papers will be invited
for re-submission for a special issue of a high-quality journal (details will follow).
As every year, a Best Paper Award will be given by
a dedicated jury to the most outstanding conference contribution.
For further information send your inquiries to email@example.com
Important Dates in 2011
Papers and Posters
Submission of all papers: April 27
Author rebuttal phase: May 24-27
Author notification: June 10
- GALA video submission: June 17
- Camera-ready copies: June 24
- Early registration: June 30
- Conference: September 15-17
The conference secretariat, RS Travel Solutions, has secured rooms at the following hotels in conjunction with the conference. The rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
The special conference room rates are in most cases lower than if booking directly with the hotel.
Hotel reservation is handled by the conference secreatariat so please do not contact the hotel directly for booking the secured conference rooms. You should reserve your rooms when you register for the conference. All changes in hotel reservations as well as cancellations are to made with the conference secretariat, RS Travel Solutions, directly by sending an e-mail. The conference secretariat can also be contacted directly if there are any wishes for other accommodation than the conference hotels/guesthouses. Such wishes will be handled on a request-basis.
Room rates at the hotels below are in ISK per night including breakfast buffet. You can use a currency converter to check the rate in your currency
Icelandair Hotel REYKJAVIK NATURA (Venue)
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (formerly Hotel Loftleidir) is a 220-room four-star accommodation in Reykjavik, it's located next to one of Reykjavik's only wooded areas, the beautiful and tranquil Oskjuhlid Hill, where the striking landscapes were fashioned during an ice age. Iceland capital only public beach, the geothermal-heated Nautholsvik, lies in a secluded bay just a short walk away, while Reykjavik’s main centre, including many shops, restaurants and museums, are only -15 minutes by foot. We also offer a complementary shuttle bus into town and to Kringlan shopping mall several times a day.
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Hotel Frón is a modern and friendly hotel situated in the heart of Reykjavik on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. The hotel is simple in design yet elegant and structured to suit all guests’ individual needs.Only a few steps away are the centre’s bustling cafés, restaurants, shopping, galleries and theatres. The hotel encompasses a total of 90 rooms on four floors, offering a wide range of accommodation from single and double rooms to studio apartments as well as larger apartments. You are assured of a warm welcome at Hotel Frón in a friendly and a modern hotel right in the heart of Reykjavik’s city centre.
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Hotel Cabin is specially designed for the modern traveller, who likes his Home away-from Home to be completely efficient and with all the modern facilities that makes him feel free and in touch with the rest of the world. And last but not least -for the the best price possible. The Laugardalur recreational area, with its excellent swimming pool and other recreational attractions, is also within walking distance. Hotel Cabin is well-situated at Borgartún and has a beautiful view of the bay nearby.
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The standard rooms are quite small as the hotel name “cabin” indicates but have all necessary facilites (phone,TV, private bathroom). The deluxe rooms are considerably bigger and have a bathtub with a shower.
Guesthouse Sunna is a modern, family owned accommodation in a "country hotel style".
Well located in the old city center. Across the street from Hallgrims church
and the beautiful sculpture garden of The National Einar Jónsson Gallery.
Only a few minutes walk away from the busy streets with popular cafes and
restaurants, good variety of shops, museums and art galleries.
Choose between the comfort of having a private bathroom by booking a
room, studio or an apartment, or save money and take a room with shared
- Rooms without a bath have a wash basin.
- The shared bathroom facilities are located on every floor.
- Two to three rooms share a bathroom.
- All rooms have access to a well equipped kitchen which guests are welcome to use.
- Studios and apartments have their own private kitchen.
|Price in ISK:
|Room without private bath
|Room with private bath
|Studio with private bath
Capital-Inn offers spacious and newly renovated budget rooms with mostly shared facilities. All rooms have TVs, washbasins and free wireless internet access. Free Wi-Fi internet access avaliable in the whole building. Guests are welcome to use the shared kitchen, which has 2 workstations with stoves, ovens and microwaves and a large fridge. Guests can also make use of the fully equipped laundry facilities. Ironing equipment can be borrowed from the reception.The Capital-Inns lounge has a large flat-screen TV with multiple channels, a DVD player and a surround sound system.The hotel is just a short walk from the Kringlan Shopping Centre and the beach, which has geothermal heated seawater.Guests at Capital-Inn also benefit from complimentary private parking.
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|Sleeping bag accommodation in quadruple room (includes linen and breakfast): ISK 5.100 per person
Cancellation and Refund Policy
A written notification of cancellation should be sent to the conference secretariat (letter or e-mail).
Accommodation (if booked through conference secretary)
Cancellations made up to 1 week before arrival: full refund less credit card cost if applicable.
Cancellations made less than 1 week before arrival: please contact the conference secretariat for details.
No-show at hotel: the first night will be charged.
Conference banquet No refund after 10 September.
- Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
- Kristinn R. Thórisson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
- Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University, Germany
- Stacy Marsella, University of Southern California, USA
Poster and Demo Chair
- Yngvi Björnsson, Reykjavík University, Iceland
Student Volunteering Chair
- Angelo Cafaro, Reykjavík University, Iceland
- Phil Heslop, University of Newcastle, UK
Local Conference Secretariat
RS Travel Solutions LP
Att: Ms. Ragnheiđur Stefánsdóttir
Address: Karfavogur 54, 104 Reykjavík, Iceland
Phone/Fax: (354) 568 7939 or (354) 892 7073
Senior Program Committee
- Jan Allbeck, George Mason University, USA
- Elisabeth Andre, Augsburg University, Germany
- Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt University, UK
- Tim Bickmore, Northeastern University, USA
- Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California, USA
- Dirk Heylen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
- Michael Kipp, DFKI, Germany
- Ana Paiva, INESC-ID, Portugal
- Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech, France
- Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Mark Riedl, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Thomas Rist, University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Germany
- Zsofia Ruttkay, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Hungary