The goals of the "ECAs as Individuals" workshop are:
This workshop will bring both established and new researchers together to discuss the development, implementation and evaluation of ECAs as individuals , the current ECA state-of-the-art and to create a vision for the future of individual ECAs.
The origin of this workshop dates from a successful workshop on Embodied conversational agents - let's specify and evaluate them! for AAMAS 2002, Bologna in mid July 2002 and a special IST 5th Framework meeting on Representation Formats/Languages.
The Workshop Organisers would welcome the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research on all aspects from the Major Topic areas. These include (but are not limited to)
The full day workshop will feature a mix of paper presentations, demonstrations, and discussion rounds. The presentations should cover one of the several academic or industrial themes of the workshop and should be oriented toward:
We especially invite papers/presentations/demonstrations of industrial ECA research and/or commercial ECA systems.
We strongly encourage you to demonstrate your work and to provide URLs to permanent web sites that contain examples of your system. To give us time to organize the technical requirements, if you are to demonstrate your system, we must be notified before 15th April . Contact us for details at: email@example.com
The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion of:
At the end of the workshop, participants should have a broad understanding of the differing technologies involved in the production, development and directing of "individualised ECAs". They will have seen several ECA systems and will understand the problems associated with the technology. They will have contributed, through discussion, to the future development of individual ECA interfaces within the global context. They will also become part of a network of ECA researchers and practitioners.
The collected papers will become part of a permanent web page for this workshop and hence all
required permissions must be obtained by the authors for any copyright material in their papers.
SUBMISSION FORMAT AND PROCEDURE
Since we aim at a highly focused event on the aspect of individuality and expressiveness of ECAs, we kindly ask authors to prepare their submissions according to the following structure:
Papers length should be 4 to 8 pages long (using 11pt, single space, all margins of 2cm) and should be accompanied as much as possible with an animation or URL's showing multimedia content (actual systems, screenshots, animations, etc) describing the work presented. Papers must be written in English and submitted in electronic format (see below).
Every paper submitted will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers from the program committee. Reviewing will take place as soon as the paper is received so please get your papers in early.
Submissions should be emailed to
(firstname.lastname@example.org) in PS, PDF or Word format by
The first page of your submission should include:
If email is not possible, please send two copies of your paper to (though, email is much preferred):
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