2006 Events

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December 20, 2006 | USC ICT
Antonio Damasio: “Neurobiology of the Mind”
Speaker: Antonio Damasio
Host: USC ICT

On Wednesday December 20th, Antonio and Hanna Damasio will be visiting the ICT. Antonio Damasio will be giving a talk in the 6th floor amphitheater …

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November 29, 2006 | London, UK
Andrew Jones, Andrew Gardner, Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall, Paul Debevec: “Simulating Spatially Varying Lighting on a Live Performance”
Speaker: Andrew Jones, Andrew Gardner, Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall, Paul Debevec
Host: 3rd European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP 2006)

We present an image-based technique for relighting dynamic human performances under spatially varying illumination. Our system generates a time-multiplexed LED basis and a geometric model …

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November 27, 2006 | Orlando, FL
Andrew Jones, Paul Debevec, Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall: “Concave Surround Optics for Rapid Multiview imaging”
Speaker: Andrew Jones, Paul Debevec, Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall
Host: 25th Army Science Conference

Many image-based modeling and rendering techniques involve photographing a scene from an array of different viewpoints. Usually, this is achieved by moving the camera or …

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November 22, 2006 | Aachen, Germany
Sarah Tariq, Andrew Gardner, Ignacia Llamas, Andrew Jones, Paul Debevec, Greg Turk: “Efficient Estimation of Spatially Varying Subsurface Scattering Parameters”
Speaker: Sarah Tariq, Andrew Gardner, Ignacia Llamas, Andrew Jones, Paul Debevec, Greg Turk
Host: 11th International Fall Workshop on Vision, Modeling, and Visualization

We present an image-based technique to efficiently acquire spatially varying subsurface reflectance properties of a human face. The estimated properties can be used directly to …

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October 6, 2006 | University of Texas, El Paso
Nigel G. Ward: “Learning to Show You’re Listening: A Trainer for Back-Channeling in Arabic”
Speaker: Nigel G. Ward
Host: David Traum

Good listeners generally produce back-channel feedback, and do so in a language-appropriate way. Second language learners often lack this skill. We present a training sequence …

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September 28, 2006 | Laboratory for AI Research, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B. Chandrasekaran: “An Architecture for Diagrammatic Representation and Reasoning”
Speaker: B. Chandrasekaran

An Architecture for Diagrammatic Representation and Reasoning B. Chandrasekaran Laboratory for AI Research The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Though AI and cognitive science almost …

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August 26, 2006 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Peter Khooshabeh, Mary Hegarty: “Inferring cross-sections: when internal visualizations are more important than properties of external visualizations”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Mary Hegarty
Host: 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2006)

Three experiments examined how cognitive abilities and qualities of external visualizations affected performance of a mental visualization task; inferring the cross-section of a complex three-dimensional …

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August 21, 2006 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Virtual Rapport”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Stacy Marsella, Mattheiu Morales, Jan van der Werf, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 06)

Effective face-to-face conversations are highly interactive. Participants respond to each other, engaging in nonconscious behavioral mimicry and backchanneling feedback. Such behaviors produce a subjective sense …

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August 21, 2006 | USC ICT
Stacy Marsella, Sharon Carnicke, Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Skip Rizzo: “An exploration of Delsarte’s structural acting system”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Sharon Carnicke, Jonathan Gratch, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Skip Rizzo
Host: 6th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 06)

The designers of virtual agents often draw on a large research literature in psychology, linguistics and human ethology to design embodied agents that can interact …

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July 26, 2006 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Kevin Gluck, Glenn Gunzelmann, Jonathan Gratch, Eva Hudlicka, Frank Ritter: “Modeling the Impact of Cognitive Moderators on Human Cognition and Performance”
Speaker: Kevin Gluck, Glenn Gunzelmann, Jonathan Gratch, Eva Hudlicka, Frank Ritter
Host: 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2006)

Cognitive moderators, such as emotions, personality, stress, and fatigue, represent an emerging area of research within the cognitive science community and are increasingly acknowledged as …

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July 16, 2006 | Boston, MA
Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Wenji Mao: “Towards a Validated Model of ‘Emotional Intelligence'”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Wenji Mao
Host: AAAI Twenty-First Conference on Artificial Intelligence

This article summarizes recent progress in developing a validated computational account of the cognitive antecedents and consequences of emotion. We describe the potential of this …

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June 27, 2006 | Nicosia, Cyprus
Per Einarsson, Charles-Felix Chabert, Andrew Jones, Wan-Chun Ma, Bruce Lamond, Tim Hawkins, Mark Bolas, Sebastian Sylwan, Paul Debevec: “Relighting Human Locomotion with Flowed Reflectance Fields”
Speaker: Per Einarsson, Charles-Felix Chabert, Andrew Jones, Wan-Chun Ma, Bruce Lamond, Tim Hawkins, Mark Bolas, Sebastian Sylwan, Paul Debevec
Host: 17th Eurographics Symposium on Rendering

We present an image-based approach for capturing the appearance of a walking or running person so they can be rendered realistically under variable viewpoint and …

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June 20, 2006 | USC ICT
Vadim Bulitko: “Real-time Learning and Search in Game-like Environments”
Speaker: Vadim Bulutko
Host: Michael van Lent

The pursuit of moving targets in real-time environments such as computer games and robotics presents several challenges to situated agents. A priori unknown state spaces …

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May 8, 2006 | Hakodate, Japan
Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch: “Evaluating a Computational Model of Social Causality and Responsibility”
Speaker: Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 5th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 06)

Intelligent agents are typically situated in a social environment and must reason about social cause and effect. Such reasoning is qualitatively different from physical causal …

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April 27, 2006 | USC ICT
James Fan: “Interpreting Loosely Encoded Knowledge”
Speaker: James Fan
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Knowledge based systems are capable of answering questions that have elaborate contexts and require deep reasonings. Unlike information retrieval based question answering, knowledge based systems …

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April 25, 2006 | USC ICT
Fusun Yaman: “Reasoning about Temporal Plans and Plans for Moving Objects”
Speaker: Fusun Yaman
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Temporal plans play an important role in many real world applications. In this talk I will present my work on generating temporal plans and reasoning …

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April 18, 2006 | Vienna, Austria
Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch: “EMA: a computational model of appraisal dynamics”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 18th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research

A computational model of emotion must explain both the rapid dynamics of some emotional reactions as well as the slower responses that follow deliberation. This …

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March 30, 2006 | USC ICT
Jeremy Bailenson: “Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Reality”
Speaker: Jeremy Bailenson
Host: Jonathan Gratch

Over time, our mode of remote communication has evolved from written letters to telephones, email, internet chat rooms, and videoconferences. Similarly, collaborative virtual environments (CVEs) …

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March 17, 2006 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Contextual Recognition of Head Gestures”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency

Head pose and gesture offer several key conversational grounding cues and are used extensively inface-to-face interaction among people. In this talk, we investigate how dialog …

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March 1, 2006 | USC ICT
Erik T. Mueller: “Commonsense Reasoning and the Event Calculus”
Speaker: Erik T. Mueller
Host: Andrew Gordon

Commonsense reasoning is fundamental to high-level cognition. The event calculus, which is based on first-order logic, is an effective method for commonsense reasoning. It supports …

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February 15, 2006 | USC ICT
Doug Lenat: “Creativity vs. Common Sense”
Speaker: Doug Lenat
Host: Lori Weiss

The pursuit of Artificial Intelligence—from robotics to natural language processing to automated learning—has been held back by the “brittleness bottleneck” caused by the need for …

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