2010 Events

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December 16, 2010 | Seoul, South Korea
Abhijeet Ghosh, Tongbo Chen, Pieter Peers, Cyrus Wilson, Paul Debevec: “Circularly Polarized Spherical Illumination Reflectometry”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh, Tongbo Chen, Pieter Peers, Cyrus Wilson, Paul Debevec
Host: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2010

We present a novel method for surface reflectometry from a few observations of a scene under a single uniform spherical field of circularly polarized illumination. …

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December 5, 2010 | Orlando, FL
Jacki Morie, John Galen Buckwalter: “AXLNet Mobile: Using a Mobile Device for Leadership Training”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, John Galen Buckwalter
Host: The 27th Army Science Conference

The AXLNet Mobile project builds upon the web-based leadership classroom training application, AXLNet, originally created by ICT and ARI in 2006. We ported both the …

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December 2, 2010 | Orlando, FL
Timothy Wansbury, John Hart, Andrew Gordon, Jeff Wilkinson: “UrbanSim: Training Adaptable Leaders in the Art of Battle Command”
Speaker: Timothy Wansbury, John Hart, Andrew Gordon, Jeff Wilkinson
Host: I/ITSEC 2010

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December 2, 2010 | Orlando, FL
Antonio Roque, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Kenji Sagae, David Traum: “Natural language processing for joint fire observer training”
Speaker: Antonio Roque, Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Kenji Sagae, David Traum
Host: The 27th Army Science Conference

We describe recent research to enhance a training system which interprets Call for Fire (CFF) radio artillery requests. The research explores the feasibility of extending …

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December 2, 2010 | Orlando, FL
Matthew Jensen Hays, Teri Silva, Todd Richmond: “Rapid Development of a Mixed-Media, Deployable Counter-IED Trainer”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Teri Silva, Todd Richmond
Host: I/ITSEC 2010

In February 2009, the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California was contracted to develop a training system for Soldiers and …

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November 28, 2010 | Orlando, FL
Patrick Kenny, Thomas Parsons, Pat Garrity: “Virtual Patients for Virtual Sick Call Medical Training”
Speaker: Patrick Kenny
Host: I/ITSEC 2010

Training military clinicians and physicians to treat Soldiers directly impacts their mental and physical health and may even affect their survival. Developing skills such as: …

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November 13, 2010 | Washington, DC
Paul S. Rosenbloom: “Implementing First-Order Variables in a Graphical Cognitive Architecture”
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: 1st International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture (BICA 2010)

Graphical cognitive architectures implement their functionality through localized message passing among computationally limited nodes. First-order variables, particularly universally quantified ones, while critical for some potential …

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November 9, 2010 | Beijing, China
Iwan de Kok, Derya Ozkan, Dirk Heylen, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Learning and Evaluating Response Prediction Models using Parallel Listener Consensus”
Speaker: Iwan de Kok, Derya Ozkan, Dirk Heylen, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 12th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces and 7th Workshop on Machine Learning for Multimodal Interaction

Traditionally listener response prediction models are learned from pre-recorded dyadic interactions. Because of individual di erences in behavior, these recordings do not capture the complete ground …

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November 6, 2010 | San Francisco, CA
Ramy Sadek: “Automatic Parallelism for Dataflow Graphs”
Speaker: Ramy Sadek
Host: Audio Engineering Society 129th Convention

This paper presents a novel algorithm to automate high-level parallelization from graph-based data structures representing data flow. This automatic optimization yields large performance improvements for …

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November 4, 2010 | San Francisco, CA
Ramy Sadek: “Simulating Hearing Loss In Virtual Training”
Speaker: Ramy Sadek
Host: Audio Engineering Society Convention

Audio systems for virtual reality and augmented reality training environments commonly focus on high-quality audio reproduction. Yet many trainees may face real-world situations wherein hearing …

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November 4, 2010 | Montreal, Quebec
John Galen Buckwalter, Belinda Lange, Josh Williams, Eric Forbell, Julia Kim, Kenji Sagae, Skip Rizzo: “SimCoach: an online virtual human information and recommendation system”
Speaker: John Galen Buckwalter, Belinda Lange, Josh Williams, Eric Forbell, Julia Kim, Kenji Sagae, Skip Rizzo
Host: 26th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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November 1, 2010 | Edinburgh, UK
Reid Swanson, Andrew Gordon: “A Data-Driven Case-Based Reasoning Approach to Interactive Storytelling”
Speaker: Reid Swanson, Andrew Gordon
Host: The Third International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2010)

In this paper we describe a data-driven interactive story- telling system similar to previous work by Gordon & Swanson. We ad- dresses some of the …

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October 23, 2010 | Lansing, MI
Belinda Lange, Sheryl Flynn, Jamie Antonisse, Debra Leiberman: “Games for Rehabilitation: How do we find the balance between play and therapy?”
Speaker: Belinda Lange, Sheryl Flynn, Jamie Antonisse, Debra Leiberman
Host: Meaningful Play 2010

The recent release and world wide acceptance and enjoyment of Nintendo(R) Wii(TM) and WiiFit(TM) and Sony PlayStation(R)2EyeToy(TM) has provided evidence for the notion that exercise …

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October 21, 2010 | Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Jacki Morie: “ICT’s Immersion and Virtual Human Work”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, ICT
Host: ImTech

Jacki Morie will give a presentation titled, “ICT’s Immersion and Virtual Human Work.” at the Immersive Technology SummitLearn more about the Immersive Technology Summit 2010.

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October 21, 2010 | Lansing, MI
Belinda Lange: “Game-based motor rehabilitation: Moving beyond the Wii”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: Meaningful Play 2010

Many clinics are adopting the use of these off-the-shelf devices for exercise, social interaction and entertainment. However, many of the games provide significant barriers for …

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October 16, 2010 | Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
ICT at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Conference
Speaker: Brad Newman, Kevin Chang, Patrick Kenny, Tomer Mor-Barak
Host: Council on Social Work Education Conference

ICT’s researchers and artists provided hands-on, live demonstrations of the ICT technology being used by the USC School of Social Work at the Council on …

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October 9, 2010 | Fordham University, New York, NY
H. Chad Lane Presents at Academic Lessons from Video Game Learning
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, ICT
Host: Psychology Department, Fordham University

In this presentation I will give an overview of the issues involved with providing guidance in game-based learning environments. With roots in the classic debate …

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September 25, 2010 | Tokyo, Japan
Kallirroi Georgila, Ning Wang, Jonathan Gratch: “Cross-Domain Speech Disfluency Detection”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, Ning Wang, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 11th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We build a model for speech disfluency detection based on conditional random fields (CRFs) using the Switchboard corpus. This model is then applied to a …

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September 24, 2010 | Tokyo, Japan
Sudeep Gandhe and David Traum at the 11th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue in Tokyo
Speaker: Sudeep Gandhe and David Traum, ICT
Host: The 11th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We perform a study of existing dialogue corpora to establish the theoretical maximum performance of the selection approach to simulating human dialogue behaviour in unseen …

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September 24, 2010 | Tokyo, Japan
Kallirroi Georgila, Maria Wolters, Johanna D. Moore: “Learning Dialogue Strategies from Older and Younger Simulated Users”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, Maria Wolters, Johanna D. Moore
Host: 11th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

Older adults are a challenging user group because their behaviour can be highly variable. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study …

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September 22, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Presentation of the Virtual Human Toolkit at the Tools Tutorial at IVA10
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, ICT
Host: International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents 2010

Arno Hartholt’s presentation provides an overview of the capabilities of the Virtual Human Toolkit.

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September 20, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Lixing Huang Presents at the 10th IVA
Speaker: Lixing Huang, ICT
Host: 10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Backchannel feedback is an important kind of nonverbal feedback within face-to-face interaction that signals a person’s interest, attention and willingness to keep listening. Learning to …

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September 20, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Sin-hwa Kang Presents at the 10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, ICT
Host: The International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

In typical communication situations, it is desirable to avoid any type of simultaneous talking due to lack of coordination between communicators, as it is not …

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September 20, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Bill Swartout: “Ada and Grace: Toward Realistic and Engaging Virtual Museum Guides”
Speaker: Bill Swartout
Host: The International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

To increase the interest and engagement of middle school students in science and technology, the InterFaces project has created virtual museum guides that are in …

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September 20, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA
Celso De Melo Presents at the 10th IVA
Speaker: Celso De Melo, ICT
Host: 10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Acknowledging the social functions that emotions serve, there has been growing interest in the interpersonal effect of emotion in human decision making. Following the paradigm …

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September 8, 2010 | Varna, Bulgaria
H. Chad Lane: “Individualized Virtual Humans for Social Skills Training”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane
Host: The 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, Applications

Virtual humans are now being used as role players for a variety of domains that involve social skills. In this paper, we discuss how such …

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September 7, 2010 | Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo
Paul Debevec SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 Speaker Tour
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: SIGGRAPH Asia

SIGGRAPH Asia is honored to present Paul Debevec, who shared a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for his work on the LightStage device, which was …

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September 7, 2010 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop: Game Theory and Human Behavior Retreat

Click here to learn more about the Game Theory and Human Behavior Retreat.

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September 2, 2010 | Valparaiso, Chile
Belinda Lange, Sheryl Flynn, Chien-Yen Chang, Skip Rizzo: “Development of an interactive rehabilitation game”
Speaker: Belinda Lange, Sheryl Flynn, Chien-Yen Chang, Skip Rizzo
Host: International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies 2010

Visual biofeedback and force plate systems are often used for treatment of balance and mobility disorders following neurological injury. Conventional Physical Therapy techniques have been …

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August 26, 2010 | Seattle Science Foundation, Seattle, WA
ICT Presents at Virtual Worlds conference, Seattle WA
Speaker: Belinda Lange, John Galen Buckwalter, Josh Williams, Eric Forbell, Julia Kim, Kenji Sagae, Skip Rizzo

The University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies is developing SimCoach, a semi-immersive, online, interactive virtual support program where users can be guided by …

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August 24, 2010 | Istanbul, Turkey
Derya Ozkan, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Self-Based Feature Selection for Nonverbal Behavior Analysis”
Speaker: Derya Ozkan, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2010)

One of the key challenge in social behavior analysis is to automatically discover the subset of features relevant to a specific social signal (e.g., backchannel …

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August 23, 2010 | Istanbul, Turkey
Derya Ozkan, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Self-Based Feature Selection for Nonverbal Behavior Analysis”
Speaker: Derya Ozkan, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 20th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2010)

One of the key challenges in social behavior analysis is to automatically discover the subset of features relevant to a specific social signal (e.g., backchannel …

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August 23, 2010 | Beijing, China
Derya Ozkan, Kenji Sagae, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Latent Mixture of Discriminative Experts for Multimodal Prediction Modeling”
Speaker: Derya Ozkan, Kenji Sagae, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2010)

During face-to-face conversation, people naturally integrate speech, gestures and higher level language interpretations to predict the right time to start talking or to give backchannel …

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August 22, 2010 | Beijing, China
Paul Rosenbloom: “Towards a New Generation of Cognitive Architectures”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom
Host: 2nd International Conference on Advanced Intelligence

Paul Rosenbloom was invited to give the keynote talk at the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Intelligence in Beijing. Read the Abstract.

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August 12, 2010 | San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Skip Rizzo Speaks about Clincial Virtual Reality at American Psychological Association Convention
Speaker: Skip Rizzo, ICT
Host: American Psychological Association Convention

Rizzo presents a review of basic research Into the clinical efficacy of virtual environments in clinical care as part of the APA convention’s Therapeutic Use …

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August 7, 2010 | Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Paul Rosenbloom: “Combining Procedural and Declarative Knowledge in a Graphical Architecture”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom, ICT
Host: International Conference on Cognitive Modeling 2010

A prototypical cognitive architecture defines a memory architecture embodying forms of both procedural and declarative memory, plus their interaction. Reengineering such a dual architecture on …

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August 5, 2010 | Houston, TX
Jacki Morie Invited to a Workshop in Houston for NASA Human Behavioral Research
Speaker: Jacki Morie
Host: NASA Workshop for Human Behavioral Research

With the explosion and pedagogical potential of online virtual worlds (VWs), the possibilities for using VWs for countermeasures and long duration spaceflight is increasing. This …

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August 4, 2010 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop: Predictive Models of Human Communication Dynamics Conference

In the study of human face-to-face communication, the patterning of interlocutor actions and interactions, moment-by-moment, is a matter of great scientific interest; and predictive models …

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July 26, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
Cyrus Wilson, Abhijeet Ghosh, Pieter Peers, Matt Jen-Yuan Chiang, Jay Busch, Paul Debevec: “Temporal Upsampling of Performance Geometry using Photometric Alignment”
Speaker: Cyrus Wilson, Abhijeet Ghosh, Pieter Peers, Matt Jen-Yuan Chiang, Jay Busch, Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH 2010

We present a novel technique for acquiring detailed facial geometry of a dynamic performance using extended spherical gradient illumination. Key to our method is a …

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July 25, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie, Eric Chance: “I Want My Virtual Friends to be Life Size! Adapting Second Life to Multi-Screen Projected Environments”
Speaker: Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie, Eric Chance
Host: SIGGRAPH 2010

Second Life (SL) is a popular 3D online virtual world designed for human interaction (also known as a MUVE, or multi-user virtual environment). It typically …

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July 23, 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
ICT at the 7th Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Jon Gratch, Lixing Huang, Jianhia Tao
Host: APGV 2010

Previous research, which has used images of real human faces and mostly from the same facial expression database [Matsumoto and Ekman 1988], has shown that …

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July 19, 2010 | Singapore
Dongrui Wu, Thomas Parsons, Emily Mower, Shrikanth Narayanan:
Speaker: Dongrui Wu, Thomas Parsons, Emily Mower, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo

Speech processing is an important aspect of affective computing. Most research in this direction has focused on classifying emotions into a small number of categories. …

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July 15, 2010 | Uppsala, Sweden
David Traum Presents at ACL 2010 Workshop on Companionable Dialogue System
Speaker: David Traum, ICT
Host: ACL 2010 Workshop on Companionable Dialogue System

Companioning is a tough job, and few if any current dialogue systems are up to the task. How can systems develop a relationship with their …

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July 15, 2010 | Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, MD
Belinda Lange: “Gaming and Exer-Gaming”
Speaker: Belinda Lange, ICT
Host: NIH Workshop on Virtual Reality Technologies for Obesity and Diabetes Education and Behavior Change

Belinda Lange will give a talk called, “Gaming and Exer-Gaming” at an NIH Workshop in Washington, D.C.

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July 15, 2010 | Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Kenji Sagae: “Self-Training without Reranking for Parser Domain Adaptation and Its Impact on Semantic Role Labelling”
Speaker: Kenji Sagae, ICT
Host: The Domain Adaptation in Natural Language Processing (DANLP 2010)

Sagae compares self-training with and without reranking for parser domain adaptation and examines the impact of syntactic parser adaptation on a semantic role labeling system. …

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July 14, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Anton Leuski and David Traum: “Practical Language Processing for Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Anton Leuski, David Traum
Host: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Leuski and Traums’s talk is titled, “Practical Language Processing for Virtual Humans.” NPCEditor is a system for building a natural language processing component for virtual …

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July 14, 2010 | Uppsala, Sweden
Liang Huang, Kenji Sagae: “Dynamic Programming for Linear-time Shift-Reduce Parsing”
Speaker: Liang Huang, Kenji Sagae
Host: ACL 2010: The 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Incremental parsing techniques such as shift-reduce have gained significant popularity thanks to their efficiency, but there remains a major problem: the search is greedy and …

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July 11, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Arno Hartholt, Kim LeMasters, Jonathan Gratch: “Creating Gunslinger, By Far the World’s Most Fun Mixed-Reality, Multi-Agent, Story-Driven, Interactive Experience”
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, Kim LeMasters, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

A talk about how to create human engagement using advanced AI and traditional Hollywood story telling and stagecraft.

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July 11, 2010 | Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
Paul Rosenbloom at Visual Representations and Reasoning Workshop at AAAI-10
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom, ICT
Host: 24th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

A new approach to implementing cognitive architectures based on graphical models holds the potential for simpler yet more functional architectures. It also raises the possibility …

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July 6, 2010 | Brighton, UK
H. Chad Lane, Mark Core, Eric Forbell, Robert Wray, Brian Stensrud, Laura Hamel: “Pedagogical Experience Manipulation for Cultural Learning”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, Mark Core, Eric Forbell, Robert Wray, Brian Stensrud, Laura Hamel
Host: CATS2009: Second Workshop on Culturally-Aware Tutoring Systems to be held at the Artificial Intelligence in Education Conference (AIED 2009)

Acquiring intercultural competence is challenging. Although intelligent learning environments developed to enhance cultural learning can be effective, there is limited evidence regarding how best to …

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June 27, 2010 | Las Vegas, NV
Sheryl Flynn and Belinda Lange: “Gaming and rehabilitation”
Speaker: Sheryl Flynn, Belinda Lange
Host: Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology of North America (RESNA) 2010 Conference

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June 22, 2010 | Singapore
Jonathan Gratch and Sin-hwa Kang: “‘It doesn’t matter what you are!’: Explaining Social effects of agents and avatars”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch, Sin-hwa Kang
Host: International Communication Association Conference (ICA)

Empirical studies have repeatedly shown that autonomous artificial entities, so-called embodied conversational agents, elicit social behavior on the part of the human interlocutor. Various theoretical …

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June 20, 2010 | Copenhagen, Denmark
Mark Bolas, Logan Olson: “Design Approach for Multi-Touch Interfaces in Creative Production Environments”
Speaker: Mark Bolas, Logan Olson
Host: Workshop of the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems

Multi-touch gained a lot of interest in the last couple of years and the increased availability of multi-touch enabled hardware boosted its development. However, the …

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June 18, 2010 | Pittsburgh, PA
H. Chad Lane, Matthew Jensen Hays, Daniel Auerbach, Mark Core: “Investigating the relationship between presence and learning in a serious game”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, Matthew Jensen Hays, Daniel Auerbach, Mark Core
Host: Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Bridges to Learning

We investigate the role of presence in a serious game for intercultural communication and negotiation skills by comparing two interfaces: a 3D version with animated …

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June 18, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Ning Wang, Jonathan Gratch: “Don’t Just Stare at Me!”
Speaker: Ning Wang, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Communication is more effective and persuasive when par-ticipants establish rapport. Tickle-Degnen and Rosenthal argue rapport arises when participants exhibit mutual attentiveness, positivity and coordination. In …

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June 18, 2010 | Pittsburgh, PA
Matthew Jensen Hays, Amy Ogan, H. Chad Lane: “The Evolution of Assessment: Learning about Culture from a Serious Game”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Amy Ogan, H. Chad Lane
Host: Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Bridges to Learning

In ill-defined domains, properly assessing learning is, itself, an ill-defined problem. Over the last several years, the domain of interest to us has been teaching …

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June 17, 2010 | Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Stacy Marsella: “Modelling Emotion and its Expression”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, ICT
Host: Carnegie Mellon University

Emotion and its expression play a powerful role in shaping human behavior. As research has revealed the details of emotion’s role, researchers and developers increasingly …

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June 15, 2010 | Pittsburgh, PA
Ning Wang to Present at the Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Speaker: Ning Wang, ICT
Host: Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS2010)

Previous studies on the Politeness Effect show that using politeness strategies in tutorial feedback can have a positive impact on learning (McLaren et al. 2010; …

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June 15, 2010 | Pittsburgh, PA
H. Chad Lane: “Virtual Humans with Secrets”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane
Host: Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Bridges to Learning

Virtual humans are animated, lifelike characters capable of free-speech and nonverbal interaction with human users. In this paper, we describe the development of two virtual …

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June 15, 2010 | Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Paul Debevec Presents at E3 Expo 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: E3 Expo 2010

Paul Debevec will participate as speaker/panelist at the E3 Expo 2010 being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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June 14, 2010 | Seoul, South Korea
Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie, Eric Chance: “Jogging in a Virtual World Using Breath as Avatar”
Speaker: Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie, Eric Chance
Host: Cybertherapy 2010

Recent research in the fields of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and virtual technologies suggest some potentially new and beneficial therapies that may help returning …

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June 14, 2010 | Seoul, Korea
Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie and Eric Chance: “Jogging in a Virtual World Using Breath as Avatar Control”
Speaker: Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie, Eric Chance
Host: Cybertherapy 2010

Edward Haynes, Jacki Morie and Eric Chance will present their research paper entitled, “Jogging in a Virtual World Using Breath as Avatar Control” at CyberPsychology …

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June 14, 2010 | Poznan, Poland
David Traum: “Intentions, Belief, Common Ground and Communication”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: SemDial 2010, 14th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

Intentions (including Gricean intentions that these intentions be recognized) play an important part in both the planning and understanding of communicative behavior. Some behavior, such …

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June 14, 2010 | Institute of Psychology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
David Traum: “Intentions, Belief, Common Ground and Communication”
Speaker: David Traum
Host: 14th SEMDIAL Workshop Series on Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue

Intentions (including Gricean intentions that these intentions be recognized) play an important part in both the planning and understanding of communicative behavior. Some behavior, such …

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June 13, 2010 | Austin, TX
Jorge Silva, Shrikanth Narayanan: “On Data-Driven Histogram-Based Estimation for Mutual Information”
Speaker: Jorge Silva, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT)

The problem of mutual information (MI) estimation based on data-dependent partition is addressed in this work. Sufficient conditions are stipulated on a histogram-based construction to …

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June 7, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Arno Hartholt, Jon Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Kim LeMasters: “Creating Gunslinger, By Far the World’s Most Fun Mixed-Reality, Multi-Agent, Story-Driven, Interactive Experience”
Speaker: Arno Hartholt, Jon Gratch, Stacy Marsella, Kim LeMasters
Host: Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

Gunslinger is an interactive-entertainment application of virtual humans that transforms an iconic Wild West movie scene into a vivid semblance of reality. The project combines …

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June 1, 2010 | Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
David Traum, David DeVault and Kenji Sagae: “Interpretation of Partial Utterances in Virtual Human Dialogue Systems”
Speaker: David Traum, David DeVault and Kenji Sagae, ICT
Host: North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

Dialogue systems typically follow a rigid pace of interaction where the system waits until the user has finished speaking before producing a response. Interpreting user …

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May 20, 2010 | Ann Arbor, MI
Paul Rosenbloom: “A Graphical Memory Architecture”
Speaker: Paul Rosenbloom, ICT
Host: Soar Workshop

Paul Rosenbloom discusses joint research on presidential funding with John Laird in a talk titled, “A Graphical Memory Architecture.” This talk discusses a new approach …

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May 20, 2010 | Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
Anton Leuski: “NPCEditor: A Tool for Building Question-Answering Characters”
Speaker: Anton Leuski, ICT
Host: European Language Resources Association

ICT’s Anton Leuski will give at talk called, “NPCEditor: A Tool for Building Question-Answering Characters” at The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. NPCEditor …

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May 19, 2010 | Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
ICT Researchers Talk at The International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Speaker: Susan Robinson, Antonio Roque, and David Traum
Host: European Language Resources Association

As conversational agents are now being developed to encounter more complex dialogue situations it is increasingly difficult to find satisfactory methods for evaluating these agents. …

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May 17, 2010 | Grenoble, France
Andrew Gordon: “Mining Commonsense Knowledge From Personal Stories in Internet Weblogs”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: First Workshop on Automated Knowledge Base Construction

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May 17, 2010 | Helsinki, Finland
David Krum Presents at Ubiprojection at Pervasive 2010
Speaker: David Krum, ICT
Host: Eighth International Conference on Pervasive Computing

David Krum will present his paper accepted to the Ubiprojection workshop which is part of the Pervasive 2010 conference (Eighth International Conference on Pervasive Computing). …

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May 12, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Jonathan Ito, David Pynadath, Liz Sonenberg, Stacy Marsella: “Wishful Thinking in Effective Decision Making”
Speaker: Jonathan Ito, David Pynadath, Liz Sonenberg, Stacy Marsella
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Creating agents that act reasonably in uncertain environments is a primary goal of agent-based research. In this work we explore the theory that wishful thinking …

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May 12, 2010 | Chicago, IL
Kallirroi Georgila to Present Accepted Paper at Speech Prosody 2010
Speaker: Kalliroi Georgila, ICT Research Associate
Host: Speech Prosody 2010

At this conference, Georgila will present the following paper: Prediction and Realisation of Conversational Characteristics by Utilising Spontaneous Speech for Unit Selection. Unit selection speech …

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May 12, 2010 | Washington, DC
Jacki Morie and Edward Haynes Host a Workshop at the Federal Consortium of Virtual Worlds
Speaker: Jacki Morie and Edward Haynes, ICT
Host: Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds

Morie and Haynes will host a workshop to show attendees how they created the world in their project, TOPSS: “Transitional Online Post-Deployment Soldier Support in …

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May 11, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Jerry R. Hobbs, Andrew Gordon: “Goals in a Formal Theory of Commonsense Psychology”
Speaker: Jerry R. Hobbs, Andrew Gordon
Host: 6th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS-2010)

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May 10, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Birgit Endrass, Lixing Huang, Jonathan Gratch, Elisabeth André: “Using Virtual Agents to Simulate Interpersonal Communication Coordination of Different Cultures”
Speaker: Birgit Endrass, Lixing Huang, Jonathan Gratch, Elisabeth André
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Virtual agents are a great opportunity in teaching inter- cultural competencies. Advantages, such as the repeatabil- ity of training sessions, emotional distance to virtual charac- …

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May 10, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch: “Parasocial Consensus Sampling: Combining Multiple Perspectives to Learn Virtual Human Behavior”
Speaker: Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Virtual humans are embodied software agents that should not only be realistic looking but also have natural and realistic behaviors. Traditional virtual human systems learn …

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May 10, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella: “Evaluating Models of Speaker Head Nods”
Speaker: Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Virtual human research has often modeled nonverbal behaviors based on the findings of psychological research. In recent years, however, there have been growing efforts to …

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May 10, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Jonathan Gratch: “A data-driven approach to model culture-specific communication management styles for virtual agents”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Virtual agents are a great opportunity in teaching inter-cultural competencies. Advantages, such as the repeatability of training sessions, emotional distance to virtual characters, the opportunity …

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May 10, 2010 | Toronto, Ontario
Mei Si, Stacy Marsella, David Pynadath: “Evaluating Directorial Control in a Character-Centric Interactive Narrative Framework”
Speaker: Mei Si, Stacy Marsella, David Pynadath
Host: Ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Interactive narrative allows the user to play a role in a story and interact with other characters controlled by the system. Directorial control is a …

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May 7-9 2010 | Institute for Creative Technologies
ICT FML Workshop
Conference Website: ICT FML Workshop

Examples of FML in use ICT Stefan Kopp Hannes Vilhjálmsson In this paper I reviewed the functions I have used in the past and am …

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May 3, 2010 | Stuttgart, Germany
Paul Debevec Gives Keynote Speech at FMX conference
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

Dr. Debevec is the keynote speaker with the FMX conference which is held in Stuttgart, Germany. Also, Dr. Debevec will visit the Technical Univ. in …

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May 1, 2010 | Malta
David Herrera, David Novick, Dusan Jan, David Traum: “The UTEP-ICT Cross-Cultural Multiparty Multimodal Dialog Corpus”
Speaker: David Herrera, David Novick, Dusan Jan, David Traum
Host: Multimodal Corpora Workshop: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing Multimodality (MMC 2010)

To help answer questions about conversational control behaviors across cultures, a collaborative team from the University of Texas at El Paso and the Institute for …

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April 28, 2010 | Bethesda, MD
H. Chad Lane Gives Keynote Speech at the Army’s Junior Science and Humanities Symposium National
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, ICT
Host: Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Virtual humans are embodied, artificially intelligent characters that bring with them new social dimensions to computing. One of their most popular roles is that of …

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April 27, 2010 | Fort Monroe, VA
ICT’s Thomas Parsons Presents at TRADOC Human Dimension Gap Conference
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, ICT
Host: TRADOC Human Dimension Gap Conference

The use of neuropsychological and psychophysiological measures in studies of patients immersed in high-fidelity virtual environments offers the potential to develop current psychophysiological computing approaches …

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April 26, 2010 | Salamanca, Spain
Tibor Bosse, Jonathan Gratch, Johan Hoorn, Matthijs Pontier, Ghazanfar Siddiqui: “Comparing Three Computational Models of Affect”
Speaker: Tibor Bosse, Jonathan Gratch, Johan Hoorn, Matthijs Pontier, Ghazanfar Siddiqui
Host: 8th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

In aiming for behavioral fidelity, artificial intelligence cannot and no longer ignores the formalization of human affect. Affect modeling plays a vital role in faithfully …

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April 22, 2010 | Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, CA
Paul Debevec to Participate in Academy of Motion Pictures Panel on Acting in the Digital Age
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: Academy Governor Bill Kroyer

Revolutionary developments in digital technology are impacting every aspect of filmmaking, including the discipline of acting. Today’s actors are performing in ways their predecessors couldn’t …

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April 13, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Ning Wang Talks at the 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Speaker: Ning Wang, Research Associate
Host: 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Communication is more effective and persuasive when participants establish rapport. Tickle-Degnen and Rosenthal argue rapport arises when participants exhibit mutual attentiveness, positivity and coordination. In …

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April 11, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
David Krum: “The Isolated Practitioner”
Speaker: David Krum, ICT
Host: CHI2010 Workshop: Researcher-Practitioner Interact

Over the past few decades, a community of researchers and professionals has been advancing the art and science of interaction design. Unfortunately, many practitioners are …

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April 10, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch: “The Effect of Avatar Realism of Virtual Humans on Self-Disclosure in Anonymous Social Interactions”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010)

In this paper, we illustrate progress in research designed to investigate interactants’ self-disclosure when they communicate with virtual humans or real humans in computer-mediated interactions. …

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April 7, 2010 | Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
William Swartout Presents at Northwestern University
Speaker: William Swartout, ICT
Host: The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

For the last ten years, we have been building virtual humans — computer-generated characters — at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Ultimately, our vision …

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March 30, 2010 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Invited Talk: Computational Photography in Special Effects
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT Associate Director for Graphics Research
Host: International Conference on Computational Photography (IICP 10)

This talk will cover Debevec’s work in developing computational photography systems for special effects. Debevec’s Ph.D. thesis (UC Berkeley, 1996) presented Façade, an image-based modeling …

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March 26, 2010 | San Diego, CA
Jacki Morie, Belinda Lange: “Interactions in the Virtual World”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Belinda Lange
Host: American Association for Psychophysiology & Biofeedback

This presentation will overview the work being done in the Coming Home or TOPSS-VW project.

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March 21, 2010 | Waltham, MA
Skip Rizzo, Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, John Galen Buckwalter: “A new generation of intelligent virtual patients for clinical training”
Speaker: Skip Rizzo, Thomas Parsons, Patrick Kenny, John Galen Buckwalter
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2010 Conference

Over the last 15 years, a virtual revolution has taken place in the use of Virtual Reality simulation technology for clinical purposes. Recent shifts in …

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March 20, 2010 | Waltham, MA
Ramy Sadek, David Krum, Mark Bolas: “Simulating Hearing Loss in Virtual Training”
Speaker: Ramy Sadek, David Krum, Mark Bolas
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2010 Conference

Audio systems for virtual reality and augmented reality training environments commonly focus on high-quality audio reproduction. Yet many trainees may face real-world situations where hearing …

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March 16, 2010 | Austin, TX
Paul Debevec: “SXSW Panel Discussion: The Birth of Eye-Def Acting”
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT Associate Director for Graphics Research
Host: AMD

Hollywood is breaking boundaries when it comes to creating practically indistinguishable, lifelike human characters in films such as Avatar and games such as Assassin’s Creed …

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March 14, 2010 | Dallas, TX
Chi-Chun Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan: “Predicting Interruptions in Dyadic Spoken Interactions”
Speaker: Chi-Chun Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

Interruptions occur frequently in spontaneous conversations, and they are often associated with changes in the flow of conversation. Predicting interruption is essential in the design …

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March 14, 2010 | Dallas, TX
Angeliki Metallinou, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan: “Decision Level Combination of Multiple Modalities for Recognition and Analysis of Emotional Expression”
Speaker: Angeliki Metallinou, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

Emotion is expressed and perceived through multiple modalities. In this work, we model face, voice and head movement cues for emotion recognition and we fuse …

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March 14, 2010 | Dallas, TX
Jangwon Kim, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan: “An Exploratory Study of Manifolds of Emotional Speech”
Speaker: Jangwon Kim, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

This study explores manifold representations of emotionally modulated speech. The manifolds are derived in the articulatory space and two acoustic spaces (MFB and MFCC) using …

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March 14, 2010 | Dallas, TX
Angeliki Metallinou, Carlos Busso, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan: “Visual Emotion Recognition Using Compact Facial Representations and Viseme Information”
Speaker: Angeliki Metallinou, Carlos Busso, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

Emotion expression is an essential part of human interaction. Rich emotional information is conveyed through the human face. In this study, we analyze detailed motion-captured …

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March 14, 2010 | Dallas, TX
Andreas Tsiartas, Panayiotis Georgiou, Shrikanth Narayanan: “Langauge model adaptation using WWW documnets obtained by utterance-based queries”
Speaker: Andreas Tsiartas, Panayiotis Georgiou, Shrikanth Narayanan
Host: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

In this paper, we consider the estimation of topic specific Language Models (LM) by exploiting documents from the World Wide Web (WWW). We focus on …

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February 8, 2010 | Houston, TX
Paul Debevec Delivers Keynote at SPAR 2010
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT Associate Director for Graphics Research
Host: SPAR 2010: 3D Imaging & Positioning for Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Security

Paul Debevec delivers a keynote address presenting photorealistic 3D renderings from the ICT Graphics Lab which capture both the shape and reflectance of the Parthenon …

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February 4, 2010 | Frederick, MD
Tommy Parsons: “Military Relevant Virtual Environments for Neurops”
Speaker: Tommy Parsons, ICT Research Scientist
Host: Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

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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January 9, 2010 | Lisbon, Portugal
Celso de Melo, Jonathan Gratch: “Evolving Expression of Emotions through Color in Virtual Humans using Genetic Algorithms”
Speaker: Celso de Melo, Jonathan Gratch
Host: First International Conference on Computational Creativity

For centuries artists have been exploring the formal elements of art (lines, space, mass, light, color, sound, etc.) to express emotions. This paper takes this …

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