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December 10, 2008 | Singapore
Andrew Jones, Matt Jen-Yuan Chiang, Pieter Peers, Paul Debevec, Alex Wan-chun Ma, Tim Hawkins, Marko Vukovic, Ming Ouhyoung: “Facial Performance Synthesis using Deformation-Driven Polynomial Displacement Maps”
Speaker: Andrew Jones, Matt Jen-Yuan Chiang, Pieter Peers, Paul Debevec, Alex Wan-chun Ma, Tim Hawkins, Marko Vukovic, Ming Ouhyoung
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2008

We present a novel method for acquisition, modeling, compression, and synthesis of realistic facial deformations using polynomial displacement maps. Our method consists of an analysis …

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December 10, 2008 | Singapore
Abhijeet Ghosh, Pieter Peers, Paul Debevec, Tim Hawkins, Sune Frederiksen: “Practical Modeling and Acquisition of Layered Facial Reflectance”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh, Pieter Peers, Paul Debevec, Tim Hawkins, Sune Frederiksen
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2008

We present a practical method for modeling layered facial reflectance consisting of specular reflectance, single scattering, and shallow and deep subsurface scattering. We estimate parameters …

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December 5, 2008 | Yokohama, Japan
Jacki Morie, Gustav Verhulsdonck: “Body/Persona/Action! Emerging non-anthropomorphic communication and interaction in virtual worlds”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Gustav Verhulsdonck
Host: ACE 2008 ACM International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology

Avatars are traditionally understood as representing their human counterpart in virtual contexts by closely mimicking their real world physical characteristics. A new approach to designing …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Anton Leuski, David Traum: “A Statistical Approach for Text Processing in Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Anton Leuski, David Traum
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

We describe a text classification approach based on statistical language modeling. We show how this approach can be used for several natural language processing tasks …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
David Traum, Anton Leuski, Antonio Roque, Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Jillian Gerten, Susan Robinson, Bilyana Martinovski: “Natural Language Dialogue Architectures for Tactical Questioning Characters”
Speaker: David Traum, Anton Leuski, Antonio Roque, Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Jillian Gerten, Susan Robinson, Bilyana Martinovski
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

In this paper we contrast three architectures for natural language questioning characters. We contrast the relative costs and benefits of each approach in building characters …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Greg Reger, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato, Cheryl St. George: “Virtual Patients for Future Leaders”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Greg Reger, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato, Cheryl St. George
Host: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)

War is one of the most challenging environments that persons may experience. The cognitive, emotional and physical demands of combat environments place enormous stress on …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Ron Artstein, Jacob Cannon, Sudeep Gandhe, Jillian Gerten, Anton Leuski, David Traum, Joe Henderer: “Coherence of off-topic responses for a virtual character”
Speaker: Ron Artstein, Jacob Cannon, Sudeep Gandhe, Jillian Gerten, Anton Leuski, David Traum, Joe Henderer
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

We demonstrate three classes of off-topic responses which allow a virtual question-answering character to handle cases where it does not understand the user’s input: ask …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Real-time Head Pose Estimation Using a Webcam”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

Accurately estimating the person’s head position and orientation is an important task for a wide range of applications such as driver awareness and human-robot interaction. …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Ryan McAlinden, Matt Bosack, Adrian Macha, Esau Vargas, Tim Walker, John Mann, Julio de la Cruz: “Towards an Automated Pipeline for the Translation and Optimization of Geospatial Data for Virtual Environments”
Speaker: Ryan McAlinden, Matt Bosack, Adrian Macha, Esau Vargas, Tim Walker, John Mann, Julio de la Cruz
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

The infusion of commercial game technology into U.S. Army training, simulation, and instructional domains has resulted in more immersive and engaging experiences for Soldiers to …

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December 4, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Ryan McAlinden, Andrew Gordon, H. Chad Lane, John Hart, Paula Durlach: “UrbanSim: A game-based instructional package for conducting counterinsurgency operations”
Speaker: Ryan McAlinden, Andrew Gordon, H. Chad Lane, John Hart, Paula Durlach
Host: 26th Army Science Conference

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have identified the need for instructional and training solutions that develop the skills of Battalion and Brigade Commanders …

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November 26, 2008 | Erfurt, Germany
Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson: “Say Anything: A Massively Collaborative Open Domain Story Writing Companion”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson
Host: First International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

Interactive storytelling is an interesting cross-disciplinary area that has importance in research as well as entertainment. In this paper we explore a new area of …

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November 5, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Rich DiNinni, Millie Abell: “Educating Learners to be Adaptive, Agile Thinkers”
Speaker: Rich DiNinni, Millie Abell
Host: Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention 08

The military must produce leaders capable of operating within today’s rapidly changing environment, often with less time for schoolhouse instruction. For this reason, the Army …

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October 31, 2008 | Chicago, IL
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato: “A Virtual Adolescent Patient with PTSD for Training Psychiatrists”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato
Host: 55th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry

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October 27, 2008 | Taipei, Taiwan
H. Chad Lane, Mark Core, Dave Gomboc, Eric Forbell, Daniel Auerbach, Milton Rosenberg, Matthew Jensen Hays: “Coaching Intercultural Communication in a Serious Game”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, Mark Core, Dave Gomboc, Eric Forbell, Daniel Auerbach, Milton Rosenberg, Matthew Jensen Hays
Host: 16th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2008)

We consider the use of virtual humans and an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) for the teaching of cultural social conventions. Learning occurs in a serious …

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October 27, 2008 | Taipei, Taiwan
Dave Gomboc, H. Chad Lane, Daniel Auerbach, Milton Rosenberg, Mark Core, Ashish Karnavat: “An Intelligent Tutoring Framework for Simulation-based Training”
Speaker: Dave Gomboc, H. Chad Lane, Daniel Auerbach, Milton Rosenberg, Mark Core, Ashish Karnavat
Host: 16th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2008)

Truly generic, reusable intelligent tutoring software frameworks remain elusive. As part of our effort to develop ITSs for simulations, a software framework with minimal dependencies …

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October 22, 2008 | Palo Alto, CA
Steve Solomon, Jonathan Gratch, Vadim Bulitko, Michael Christopher van Lent: “Modeling Culturally and Emotionally Affected Behavior”
Speaker: Steve Solomon, Jonathan Gratch, Vadim Bulitko, Michael Christopher van Lent
Host: The Fourth Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE)

Culture and emotions have a profound impact on human behavior. Consequently, high-fidelity simulated interactive environments (e.g., trainers and computer games) that involve virtual humans must …

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October 20, 2008 | Chania, Greece
Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch, Iwan de Kok: “Context-based Recognition during Human Interactions: Automatic Feature Selection and Encoding Dictionary”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch, Iwan de Kok
Host: 10th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI 2008)

During face-to-face conversation, people use visual feedback such as head nods to communicate relevant information and to synchronize rhythm between participants. In this paperwe describe …

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October 19, 2008 | Padova, Italy
Jacki Morie: “The Performance of the Self and Its Effect on Presence in Virtual Worlds”
Speaker: Jacki Morie
Host: The 11th International Workshop on Presence

This paper discusses the many types of roles that people play within digital arenas such as online virtual worlds, and how those authored selves can …

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October 18, 2008 | Vienna, Austria
Jacki Morie, Celia Pearce: “The uses of digital enchantment: Computer games as the new fairy tales”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Celia Pearce
Host: Vienna Games Conference: The Future of Reality and Gaming

In this paper we argue that digital games have come to fill the cultural niche traditionally occupied by fairytales, and that they are ideally suited …

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September 26, 2008 | Brisbane, Australia
Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Antonio Roque, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Jillian Gerten, David Traum, Bilyana Martinovski: “From Domain Specification to Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Sudeep Gandhe, David DeVault, Antonio Roque, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Jillian Gerten, David Traum, Bilyana Martinovski
Host: Interspeech 2008

We present a new approach for rapidly developing dialogue capabilities for virtual humans. Starting from domain specification, an integrated authoring interface automatically generates dialogue acts …

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September 24, 2008 | USC ICT
Jonathan Gratch: “Research Workshop: Virtual Human Toolkit”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: USC ICT

The Institute for Creative Technologies is organizing a small, invitation-only “Virtual Human School”, intended for graduate students, junior researchers and Army personnel. It is designed …

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September 17, 2008 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Louis-Philippe Morency, Jacob Whitehill, Javier Movellan: “Generalized Adaptive View-based Appearance Model”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Jacob Whitehill, Javier Movellan
Host: 8th International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2008)

Accurately estimating the person’s head position and orientation is an important task for a wide range of applications such as driver awareness and human-robot interaction.Over …

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September 15, 2008 | Cambridge, UK
Anton Treskunov, Andrei Sherstyuk: “Fast Geometry Acquisition for Mixed Reality Applications Using Motion Tracking”
Speaker: Anton Treskunov, Andrei Sherstyuk
Host: ISMAR 2008

Mixing real and virtual elements into one environment often involves creating geometry models of physical objects. Traditional approaches include manual modeling by 3D artists or …

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September 12, 2008 | USC ICT
David Traum: “Research Workshop: Multi-modal Grounding for Virtual Humans and Robots”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: USC ICT

Grounding is the process of adding to the “Common Ground” between interacting participants. There have been several approaches to these issues, including computational models of …

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September 8, 2008 | Maia & Porto, Portugal
Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo: “Neuropsychological Assessment using the Virtual Reality Cognitive Performance Assessment Test”
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo
Host: 2008 International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies

The traditional approach to assessing neurocognitive performance makes use of paper and pencil neuropsychological assessments. This received approach has been criticized as limited in the …

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September 8, 2008 | Maia & Porto, Portugal
Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, Skip Rizzo: “Virtual Human Patients for Training of Clinical Interview and Communication Skills”
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, Skip Rizzo
Host: 2008 International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies

Although schools commonly make use of standardized patients to teach interview skills, the diversity of the scenarios standardized patients can characterize is limited by availability …

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September 4, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo: “Evaluation of Justina: A Virtual Patient with PTSD”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

Recent research has established the potential for virtual characters to act as virtual standardized patients VP for the assessment and training of novice clinicians. We …

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September 3, 2008
Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson: “Envisioning With Weblogs”

In this position paper we present a vision of how the stories that people tell in Internet weblogs can be used directly for automated commonsense …

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September 3, 2008 | Graz, Austria
Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson: “Envisioning With Weblogs”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson
Host: International Conference on New Media Technology, Special Track on Knowledge Acquisition From the Social Web

In this position paper we present a vision of how the stories that people tell in Internet weblogs can be used directly for automated commonsense …

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September 3, 2008 | Graz, Austria
Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson: “Envisioning with Weblogs”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson
Host: International Conference on New Media Technology, Special Track on Knowledge Acquisition from the Social Web

We present a vision of how the stories that people tell in Internet weblogs can be used directly for automated commonsense reasoning, specifically to support …

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September 3, 2008 | Graz, Austria
Andrew Gordon: “Story Management Technologies for Organizational Learning”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson
Host: International Conference on Knowledge Management, Special Track on Intelligent Assistance for Self-Directed and Organizational Learning

The stories told among members of an organization are an effective instrument for knowledge socialization, the sharing of experiences through social mechanisms. However, the utility …

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September 3, 2008 | Graz, Austria
Andrew Gordon: “Story Management Technologies for Organizational Learning”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: International Conference on Knowledge Management, Special Track on Intelligent Assistance for Self-Directed and Organizational Learning

The stories told among members of an organization are an effective instrument for knowledge socialization, the sharing of experiences through social mechanisms. However, the utility …

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September 2, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, James H. Watt: “Agreeable people like agreeable virtual humans”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, James H. Watt:
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

This study explored associations between the five-factor personality traits of human subjects and their feelings of rapport when they interacted with virtual agent or real …

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September 2, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch, Iwan de Kok: “Predicting Listener Backchannels: “A Probabilistic Multimodal Approach”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch, Iwan de Kok
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

During face-to-face interactions, listeners use backchannel feedback such as head nods as a signal to the speaker that the communication is working and that they …

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September 2, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Martin van Velsen: “Towards real-time authoring of believable agents in interactive narrative”
Speaker: Martin van Velsen
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

In this paper we present an authoring tool called Narratoria that allows non-technical experts in the field of digital entertainment to create interactive narratives with …

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September 1, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Celso de Melo, Jonathan Gratch: “Evolving Expression of Emotions in Virtual Humans using Lights and Pixels”
Speaker: Celso de Melo, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

Inspired by the arts, this paper addresses the challenge of expressing emotions in virtual humans using the environment’s lights and the screen’s pixels. An evolutionary …

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September 1, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
Mei Si, Stacy Marsella, David Pynadath: “Modeling appraisal in Theory of Mind Reasoning”
Speaker: Mei Si, Stacy Marsella, David Pynadath
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

Cognitive appraisal theories, which link human emotional experience to their interpretations of events happening in the environment, are leading approaches to model emotions. Cognitive appraisal …

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September 1, 2008 | Tokyo, Japan
David Traum, Jonathan Gratch, Arno Hartholt, Stacy Marsella, Jina Lee: “Multi-party, Multi-issue, Multi-strategy Negotiation for Multi-modal Virtual Agents”
Speaker: David Traum, Jonathan Gratch, Arno Hartholt, Stacy Marsella, Jina Lee
Host: Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008

We present a model of negotiation for virtual agents that extends previous work to be more human-like and applicable to a broader range of situations, …

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August 25, 2008 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Mark Bolas, Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, Ian Dallas, Anna Huerta: “Engaging breathing exercises: developing an interactive XNA-based air flow sensing and control system”
Speaker: Mark Bolas, Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, Ian Dallas, Anna Huerta
Host: Virtual Rehabilitation 2008

The aim of this project was to make breathing exercises for children with Cystic Fibrosis fun. We developed a prototype device that uses breathing to …

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August 18, 2008 | Manchester, UK
Louis-Philippe Morency, Xu Sun, Daisuke Okanoharay, Jun’ichi Tsujii: “Modeling Latent-Dynamic in Shallow Parsing: A Latent Conditional Model with Improved Inference”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Xu Sun, Daisuke Okanoharay, Jun'ichi Tsujii
Host: The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2008)

Shallow parsing is one of many NLP tasks that can be reduced to a sequence labeling problem. In this paper we show that the latent-dynamics …

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August 14, 2008 | Portland, OR
William Swartout: “Toward the Holodeck: Integrating Graphics, AI, Entertainment and Learning”
Speaker: William Swartout
Host: Inverge 2008

Using the Holodeck from Star Trek: Next Generation as our inspiration, researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies have been pushing back the boundaries …

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August 10, 2008 | USC ICT Graphics Lab
Open House Tour of ICT Graphics Lab for PROCAMS Attendees
Speaker: Paul Debevec

PROCAMS attendees are invited to tour the USC ICT graphics lab. The PROCAMS workshop series serves as an annual gathering place for researchers and practitioners …

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July 17, 2008 | Athens, Greece
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo: “Virtual Humans for Assisted Health Care”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Jonathan Gratch, Skip Rizzo
Host: 1st International Conference on Pervasive Technologies for Assistive Environments

There is a growing need for applications that can dynamically interact with aging populations to gather information, monitor their health care, provide information, or even …

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July 13, 2008 | Chicago, IL
Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs, Michael T. Cox: “Anthropomorphic self-models for metareasoning agents”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs, Michael T. Cox
Host: AAAI Workshop on Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking

Representations of an AI agent’s mental states and processes are necessary to enable metareasoning, i.e. thinking about thinking. However, the formulation of suitable representations remains …

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July 13, 2008 | Chicago, IL
Andrew Gordon: “Anthropomorphic Self-models for Metareasoning Agents”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: AAAI Workshop on Metareasoning: Thinking about Thinking

Representations of an AI agent’s mental states and processes are necessary to enable metareasoning, i.e. thinking about thinking. However, the formulation of suitable representations remains …

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July 11, 2008 | Paris, France
Steve Solomon, Jonathan Gratch, Vadim Bulitko, Michael Christopher van Lent: “Modeling Culturally and Emotionally Affected Behavior”
Speaker: Steve Solomon, Jonathan Gratch, Vadim Bulitko, Michael Christopher van Lent
Host: The 10th International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB); Workshop on the role of emotion in adaptive behavior and cognitive robotics

Culture and emotions have a profound impact on human behavior. Consequently, high-fidelity simulated interactive environments (e.g., trainers and computer games) that involve virtual humans must …

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July 1, 2008 | A Coruña, Spain
Paul Debevec: “Electronic Theater Screening”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Mundos Digitales 08: Animation, VFX and Videogames International Festival

Mundos Digitales is pleased to announce the screening of the entire 2007 Electronic Theatre. The show will be introduced by SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival …

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June 23, 2008 | San Diego, CA
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato, Cheryl St. George: “Virtual Justina: A PTSD Virtual Patient for Clinical Classroom Training”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Skip Rizzo, Caroly Pataki, Jeffery Sugar, Michele Pato, Cheryl St. George
Host: CyberTherapy 2008

The effects of trauma exposure manifest themselves in a wide range of symptoms: anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, and various behavior problems. Effective interview skills …

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June 20, 2008 | Columbus, OH
Sudeep Gandhe, David Traum: “Evaluation Understudy for Dialogue Coherence Models”
Speaker: Sudeep Gandhe, David Traum
Host: 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

Evaluating a dialogue system is seen as a major challenge within the dialogue research community. Due to the very nature of the task, most of …

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June 20, 2008 | Columbus, OH
Tim Peek, Sudeep Gandhe, David Maxwell Chickering: “Rapidly Deploying Grammar-Based Speech Applications with Active Learning and Back-off Grammars”
Speaker: Tim Peek, Sudeep Gandhe, David Maxwell Chickering
Host: 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

Grammar-based approaches to spoken lan-guage understanding are utilized to a great ex-tent in industry, particularly when developers are confronted with data sparsity. In order to …

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June 19, 2008 | Columbus, OH
Antonio Roque, David Traum: “Degrees of Grounding Based on Evidence of Understanding”
Speaker: Antonio Roque, David Traum
Host: 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue

We introduce the Degrees of Grounding model, which defines the extent to which material being discussed in a dialogue has been grounded. This model has …

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June 2, 2008 | Kings College, London, UK
David Traum: “Computational Models of Non-cooperative Dialogue”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: LONDIAL 2008

This talk will outline some cases of noncooperative communication behavior and computational dialogue mechanisms that can support these kinds of behavior, including generating, understanding, and …

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May 30, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Arno Hartholt, Thomas Russ, David Traum, Eduard Hovy and Susan Robinson at LREC 2008
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, Thomas Russ, David Traum, Eduard Hovy and Susan Robinson
Host: International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC)

Arno Hartholt presents ‘A Common Ground for Virtual Humans: Using an Ontology in a Natural Language Oriented Virtual Human Architecture; Arno Hartholt, Thomas Russ, David …

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May 30, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Arno Hartholt, David Traum, Susan Robinson, Thomas Russ, Eduard Hovy: “A Common Ground for Virtual Humans: Using an Ontology in a Natural Language Oriented Virtual Human Architecture”
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, David Traum, Susan Robinson, Thomas Russ, Eduard Hovy
Host: LREC 2008 - 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

When dealing with large, distributed systems that use state-of-the-art components, individual components are usually developed in parallel. As development continues, the decoupling invariably leads to …

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May 29, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Ron Artstein, Massimo Poesio: “Anaphoric annotation in the ARRAU corpus”
Speaker: Ron Artstein, Poesio Massimo
Host: LREC 2008 - 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Arrau is a new corpus annotated for anaphoric relations, with information about agreement and explicit representation of multiple antecedents for ambiguous anaphoric expressions and discourse …

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May 28, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Ron Artstein, Sudeep Gandhe, Anton Leuski and David Traum: “Field Testing of an Interactive Question-Answering Character”
Speaker: Ron Artstein, Sudeep Gandhe, Anton Leuski and David Traum
Host: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC)

We tested a life-size embodied question-answering character at a convention where he responded to questions from the audience. The character’s responses were then rated for …

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May 28, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Arno Hartholt, Thomas Russ, David Traum, Eduard Hovy and Susan Robinson: “A Common Ground for Virtual Humans: Using an Ontology in a Natural Language Oriented VH Architecture”
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, Thomas Russ, David Traum, Eduard Hovy and Susan Robinson
Host: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC)

When dealing with large, distributed systems that use state-of-the-art components, individual components are usually developed in parallel. As development continues, the decoupling invariably leads to …

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May 27, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs: “The Deep Lexical Semantics of Emotions”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs
Host: Workshop on Sentiment Analysis: Emotion, Metaphor, Ontology and Terminology (EMOT-08)

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May 26, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Jonathan Gratch, Nicole Novielli, Peter Carnevale: “Cooperation Attitude In Negotiation Dialogs”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Nicole Novielli, Peter Carnevale
Host: LREC2008 Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion and Affect

We propose an annotation scheme for a corpus of negotiation dialogs that was collected in the scope of a study about the effect of negotiation …

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May 20, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
David Traum, Joe Henderer, Susan Robinson: “What Would You Ask a Conversational Agent? Observations of Human-Agent Dialogues in a Museum Setting”
Speaker: David Traum, Joe Henderer, Susan Robinson, Midhun Ittycheriah
Host: Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC)

Embodied Conversational Agents have typically been constructed for use in limited domain applications, and tested in very specialized environments. Only in recent years have there …

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May 20, 2008 | Marrakech, Morocco
Susan Robinson, David Traum, Midhun Ittycheriah, Joe Henderer: “What would you ask a conversational agent?”
Speaker: Susan Robinson, David Traum, Midhun Ittycheriah, Joe Henderer
Host: LREC 2008- 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Embodied Conversational Agents have typically been constructed for use in limited domain applications, and tested in very specialized environments. Only in recent years have there …

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May 15, 2008 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop on Dialogue Research
Speaker: David Traum, Kevin Feeley, Antonio Roque, Patrick Kenny, Arno Hartholt, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, Dusan Jan, Sudeep Gandhe
Host: David Traum

Other presenters include David Devault – Rutgers, David Herrera – UTEP, Raquel Fernandez – Stanford, Robin Cooper, Staffan Larsson – Goteborg Univeristy

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May 12, 2008 | Estoril, Portugal
Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, James H. Watt: “Does Contingency of Agents’ Nonverbal Feedback Affect Users’ Social Anxiety?”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch, Ning Wang, James H. Watt:
Host: International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)

We explored the association between users’ social anxiety and the interactional fidelity of an agent (also referred to as a virtual human), specifically addressing whether …

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May 6, 2008 | Stuttgart, Germany
Paul Debevec: “Building an Interactive 360º Autostereoscopic Light Field 3D Display”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX/08: 13th International Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Digital Media

This talk will present the hardware and software algorithms used to create USC ICT’s 3D display which is able to present interactive 3D graphics to …

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May 5, 2008 | Stuttgart, Germany
Paul Debevec: “Realistic Acquisition of Facial Geometry, Reflectance, and Motion”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX/08: 13th International Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Digital Media

This talk presents recent work in USC ICT’s graphics laboratory for acquiring and rendering realistic models of human faces, bodies, and performances. It overviews traditional …

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May 5, 2008 | Stuttgart, Germany
Paul Debevec: “Demonstration: Interactive 360º Light Field Display”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: FMX/08: 13th International Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Digital Media

The Graphics Lab at the University of Southern California has designed an easily reproducible, low-cost 3D display system with a form factor that offers a …

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May 1, 2008 | USC ICT
Patricia Lange, PhD: “Morality, Anonymity, Learning, and Friendship in a Fractalized World”
Speaker: Patricia Lange
Host: David Traum

From online text games to YouTube, ethnographic insights have empirically challenged common sense assumptions about mediated interaction. These common sense notions include: 1) anonymity is …

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April 19, 2008 | California State University, Long Beach
Hsiu-Chin Lin: “Creating Agents that Entertain”
Speaker: Hsiu-Chin Lin
Host: Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges

Game AI research is moving away from the creation of dominant computer agents to the idea of creating agents that focus on entertainment. The development of a …

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April 16, 2008 | Saarbrücken, Germany
Paul Debevec: “New Techniques for Acquiring, Rendering, and Displaying Human Performances”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Max Planck Institute for Information, Computer Graphics Group

This talk presents recent work for acquiring, rendering, and displaying photoreal models of people, objects, and dynamic performances. It overviews image-based lighting techniques for photorealistic …

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April 9, 2008 | Laval, France
Paul Debevec: “Rendering for an Interactive 360º Light Field Display”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: 10th Virtual Reality International Conference

Computer graphics have transformed many aspects of life. But while a great deal of imagery is modeled and rendered in 3D, almost all of it …

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April 8, 2008 | USC University Park Campus
Jillian Gerten: “Linguistics at ICT and Technologies that Use Linguistics”
Speaker: Jillian Gerten
Host: Careers in Linguistics for USC Students of Linguistics

This talk focuses on natural language dialogue projects at ICT.  It also discusses linguistic-related education, skills, and tasks required to create successful voice interaction technologies.

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March 31, 2008 | Seattle, Washington
Reid Swanson and Andrew Gordon: “StoryUpgrade: Finding Stories in Internet Weblogs:
Speaker: Reid Swanson and Andrew Gordon
Host: International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

The phenomenal rise of Internet weblogging has created new opportunities for people to tell personal stories of their life experience, and the potential to share these stories …

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March 26, 2008 | Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Reid Swanson: “Supporting Musical Creativity with Unsupervised Syntactic Parsing”
Speaker: Reid Swanson
Host: Creative Intelligent Systems, AAAI Spring Symposium Series

Music and language are two human activities that fit well with a traditional notion of creativity and are particularly suited to computational exploration. In this …

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March 15, 2008 | Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Ron Artstein: “The Arrau Corpus of Anaphoric Relations”
Speaker: Ron Artstein
Host: American Association of Corpus Linguistics

The Arrau corpus of anaphoric relations was created at the University of Essex between 2004 and 2007. It introduces an annotation scheme specifically targeted at …

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March 14, 2008 | Orlando, FL
Jacquelyn Ford Morie: “Identity: Performing the Self in the Digital Domain”
Speaker: Jacquelyn Ford Morie
Host: 2008 Interactive Performance Conference

This workshop will introduce participants to the many types of roles that people play within digital arenas such as social networks and online virtual worlds. …

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February 15, 2008 | University of Pittsburgh
Andrew Gordon: “Computational Approaches to the Analysis of Textual Stories”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: University of Pittsburgh Computer Science Department

Narratives of real-world experiences (stories) are an effective vehicle for sharing information about events, but also tell us about the expectations of storytellers that were …

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January 13, 2008 | Canary Island, Spain
Andrew Gordon: “Workshop on Common Sense Knowledge and Goal-Oriented Interfaces”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: IUI 2008

When interacting with user interfaces, users have to bridge the gap between their goals expressed in mental terms and the interface’s structures and functions expressed …

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