2007 Events

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December 1, 2007 | Perth, Australia
Jacki Morie, Tracy Fullerton, Celia Pearce, Janine Fron: “A Game of One’s Own: Towards a New Gendered Poetics of Digital Space”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Tracy Fullerton, Celia Pearce, Janine Fron
Host: Digital Arts and Culture Conference, 2007

The techno-fetishism of computer game culture has lead to a predominately male sensibility towards the construction of space in digital entertainment. Real-time strategy games conceive …

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November 28, 2007 | USC ICT
Cyrus Wilson: “From a New Perspective”
Speaker: Cyrus Wilson

A microscope allows us to capture scenes that are quite different from those we experience in our daily lives. At the limit of the smallest …

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November 28, 2007 | USC ICT
Reid Swanson: “First person narrative story extraction and retrieval”
Speaker: Reid Swanson
Host: Andrew Gordon

Reid is a 3rd year computer science PhD student here at ICT, and will be giving a talk on the work he did as part …

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November 26, 2007 | Orlando, FL
Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Jonathan Gratch, Bill Swartout, David Traum, Diane Piepol, Stacy Marsella: “Building Interactive Virtual Humans for Training Environments”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Jonathan Gratch, Bill Swartout, David Traum, Diane Piepol, Stacy Marsella
Host: I/ITSEC 2007

There is a great need in the Joint Forces to have human to human interpersonal training for skills such as negotiation, leadership, interviewing and cultural …

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October 26, 2007 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch: “Research Workshop: Transactional Emotions”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch

The Transactional Emotions Workshop brought together psychologists and technologists interested in “transactional emotions,” meaning those emotions that arise from an interaction between individuals. Discussion topics …

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October 12, 2007 | USC ICT
Andrew Gordon and Stacy Marsella: “Research Workshop: Theory of Mind”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon and Stacy Marsella

The Theory of Mind Workshop brought together researchers from several relevant disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, neural science, linguistics and computer science to discuss a range …

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September 17, 2007 | Paris, France
Gudny Jonsdottir, Jonathan Gratch, Edward Fast, Kristinn Thorisson: “Fluid Semantic Back-Channel Feedback in Dialogue: Challenges and Progress”
Speaker: Gudny Jonsdottir, Jonathan Gratch, Edward Fast, Kristinn Thorisson
Host: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)

Participation in natural, real-time dialogue calls for behaviors supported by perception-action cycles from around 100 msec and up. Generating certain kinds of such behaviors, namely …

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September 17, 2007 | Paris, France
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo: “Virtual Patients for Clinical Therapist Skills Training”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo
Host: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)

Virtual humans offer an exciting and powerful potential for rich interactive experiences. Fully embodied virtual humans are growing in capability, ease, and utility. As a …

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September 17, 2007 | Paris, France
Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, Jillian Gerten, Edward Fast, Robin Duffy: “Creating Rapport with Virtual Agents”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, Jillian Gerten, Edward Fast, Robin Duffy
Host: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)

Recent research has established the potential for virtual characters to establish rapport with humans through simple contingent nonverbal behaviors. We hypothesized that the contingency, not …

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September 17, 2007 | Paris, France
Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Jonathan Gratch, Brent Lance: “The Rickel Gaze Model: A Window on the Mind of a Virtual Human”
Speaker: Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella, David Traum, Jonathan Gratch, Brent Lance
Host: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2007)

Gaze plays a large number of cognitive, communicative and affective roles in face-to-face human interaction. To build a believable virtual human, it is imperative to …

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September 12, 2007 | Lisbon, Portugal
Seijin Oh, Jonathan Gratch, Woontack Woo: “Explanatory Style for Socially Interactive Agents”
Speaker: Seijin Oh, Jonathan Gratch, Woontack Woo
Host: 2nd Int'l Conf. on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII)

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in computational models of socio-emotional processes, both as a mean to deepen understanding of human behavior and …

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September 11, 2007 | USC ICT
Pedro A. Gonzalez Calero: “Engineering Case-Based Reasoning Systems in jCOLIBRI”
Speaker: Pedro A. Gonzalez Calero

CBR has been proposed as a knowledge light methodology for building knowledge-based systems where problem solving is accomplished by reusing past experiences instead of reasoning …

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August 23, 2007 | USC ICT
Mehdi Manshadi: “Learning a probabilistic model of event sequences from Internet weblog stories”
Speaker: Mehdi Manshadi

Internet weblogs provide a huge source of stories that can be used as a large corpus to learn statistical regularities of narrative text. In this …

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August 21, 2007 | USC ICT
Darold Higa: “Multi-Agent Virtual Histories: Disaggregating International Relations”
Speaker: Darold Higa

Concerns over the environment, terrorism, ethnic violence and state disintegration have placed greater emphasis on exploring the possible connections between resource scarcity and inter-group violence. …

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August 1, 2007 | USC ICT
Ron Artstein: “Evaluation of semantic corpus annotation”
Speaker: Ron Artstein

Semantically annotated corpora are intended to capture semantic relations among elements in a text, but it is not known how uniform human intuitions are about …

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July 22, 2007 | Beijing, China
Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Mattheiu Morales, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Can Virtual Humans Be More Engaging Than Real Ones?”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, Anna Okhmatovskaia, Francois Lamothe, Mattheiu Morales, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Emotional bonds don’t arise from a simple exchange of facial displays, but often emerge through the dynamic give and take of face-to-face interactions. This article …

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July 22, 2007 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Jonathan Gratch, David Traum, Stacy Marsella, Bill Swartout: “The More the Merrier: Multi-Party Negotiation with Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Jonathan Gratch, David Traum, Stacy Marsella, Bill Swartout
Host: 22nd Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-07)

The goal of the Virtual Humans Project at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies is to enrich virtual training environments with virtual …

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July 18, 2007 | USC ICT
Kallirroi Georgila: “User Simulation for Dialogue Systems: Learning and Evaluation”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila

This talk focuses on statistical methods for learning models of users interacting with a dialogue system. I will show how dialogue management strategies can be …

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July 16, 2007 | USC ICT
Bob Hausmann: “Injecting self-explanation in the classroom: An in vivo experiment”
Speaker: Bob Hausmann

It is widely accepted that active, cognitive processing during learning results in a robust representation of the target material. For example, self-explanation is an active, …

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July 5, 2007 | USC ICT
Celestine Ntuen: “Towards Analytical and Computational Sensemaking”
Speaker: Celestine Ntuen

In asymmetric information environments, the deliberate military decision making processes (MDMP) with all their linearity assumptions are generally regarded as inadequate. Generating courses of action …

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July 2, 2007 | Trento, Italy
Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch: “Modeling social inference in virtual agents”
Speaker: Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Workshop on Social Intelligence Design (SID 2007)

Social judgment is a social inference process whereby an agent singles out individuals to blame or credit for multi-agent activities. Such inferences are a key …

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June 1, 2007 | Nashville, TN
Paul Thagard, Peter Ditto, Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Drew Western: “Emotional Cognition in the Real World”
Speaker: Paul Thagard, Peter Ditto, Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Drew Western
Host: 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society

There is increasing appreciation in cognitive science of the impact of emotions on many kinds of thinking, from decision making to scientific discovery. This appreciation …

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May 21, 2007 | USC ICT
Sabarish V. Babu: “Inter-Personal Social Conversation in Multimodal Human-Virtual Human Interaction”
Speaker: Sabarish V. Babu

My primary area of research lies in understanding the impact of social conversational behaviors in human-virtual human interaction. Specifically, the goal of my work is …

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April 25, 2007 | USC ICT
Abhijeet Ghosh: “Realistic Material and Illumination Environments”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh

Throughout its history, the field of computer graphics has been striving towards increased realism. This goal has traditionally been described by the notion of photorealism, …

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March 30, 2007 | USC ICT
Ryan Baker: “Detecting and Adapting to When Students Game the System”
Speaker: Ryan Baker

Students use interactive learning environments in a considerable variety of ways. In this talk, I will present research on developing learning environments that can automatically …

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March 27, 2007 | USC ICT
Lisa Holt and Brian Stensrud: “Interactive Story Architecture for Training (ISAT)”
Speaker: Lisa Holt and Brian Stensrud

The Interactive Story Architecture for Training (ISAT) is designed to create an engaging and individualized training environment. ISAT combines interactive drama and intelligent tutoring techniques …

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February 9, 2007 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Visual Feedback for Multimodal Interfaces”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency

When people interact with each other, it is common to see indications of acknowledgment given with a simple head gesture or explicit turn-taking with eye …

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