2011 Events

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December 16, 2011 | Granada, Spain
Louis-Philippe Morency, “Towards Multimodal Sentiment Analysis: Integrating Linguistic, Auditory and Visual Cues”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation

With more than 10,000 new videos posted online every day on social websites such as YouTube and Facebook, the internet is becoming an almost innite …

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December 13, 2011 | Hong Kong
Abhijeet Ghosh, Graham Fyffe, Borom Tunwattanapong, Jay Busch, XueMing Yu, Paul Debevec: “Multiview Face Capture using Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination”
Speaker: Abhijeet Ghosh, Graham Fyffe, Borom Tunwattanapong, Jay Busch, XueMing Yu, Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

We present a novel process for acquiring detailed facial geometry with high resolution diffuse and specular photometric information from multiple viewpoints using polarized spherical gradient …

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December 12, 2011 | Waikoloa, Hawaii
William Yang Wang, Kallirroi Georgila: “Automatic Detection of Unnatural Word-Level Segments in Unit-Selection Speech Synthesis”
Speaker: William Yang Wang, Kallirroi Georgila
Host: IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop (ASRU) 2011

We investigate the problem of automatically detecting unnatural word-level segments in unit selection speech synthesis. We use a large set of features, namely, target and …

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December 8, 2011 | San Jose, CA
Paul Debevec: “From Spider-Man to Avatar: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: USC in Your Neighborhood/ USC Alumni Association

Somewhere between “Final Fantasy” in 2001 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, digital actors crossed the “Uncanny Valley” from looking strangely synthetic …

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December 7, 2011 | Washington, DC
Angela Nazarian: “Duplicate: An Annotation Scheme”
Speaker: Angela Nazarian
Host: MURI 2011

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December 7, 2011 | Washington, DC
Angela Nazarian: “Muri Overview: An Annotation Scheme for Cross Cultural Argumentation and Persuasion Dialogues”
Speaker: Angela Nazarian
Host: MURI 2011

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December 5, 2011 | Fung Auditorium, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
Jacquelyn Ford Morie Speaks about Avatars at UCSD Neural Engineering Seminar
Speaker: Jacquelyn Morie, ICT
Host: University of California at San Diego

Virtual worlds are bigger than you might think.  Active users of these world number almost 2 billion worldwide. This talk will explore the once and …

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December 1, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Matthew Jensen Hays, Teri Silva, Todd Richmond: “Assessing learning from a mixed-media, mobile counter-IED trainer”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Teri Silva, Todd Richmond
Host: I/ITSEC 2011

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) cause more than half of Coalition casualties. In 2009, the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) developed a mobile counter-IED training system. …

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November 30, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Julia Campbell, Matthew Jensen Hays, Mark Core, Mike Birch, Matt Bosack, Richard E. Clark: “Interpersonal and Leadership Skills: Using Virtual Humans to Teach New Officers”
Speaker: Julia Campbell, Matthew Jensen Hays, Mark Core, Mike Birch, Matt Bosack, Richard E. Clark
Host: I/ITSEC 2011

Successful leaders have strong interpersonal skills (Army FM 6-22, ALDS). With their subordinates, they must develop relationships founded on mutual trust and respect. However, the …

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November 30, 2011 | USC University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA
ICT’s Kevin Feeley and Eric Forbell Present SimCoach to Executive Education Consortium
Speaker: Kevin Feeley and Eric Forbell, ICT
Host: USC Marshall School of Business

Eric Forbell and Kevin Feeley presented SimCoach and the SimCoach Authoring Toolset as part of an event during the University Consortium For Executive Education Team …

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November 29, 2011 | Orlando, FL
John Galen Buckwalter, Skip Rizzo, Bruce Sheffield John, Lisa Finlay, Andrew Wong, Ester Chin, Stephanie Smolinski: ” Analyzing the Impact of Stress: A Comparison Between a Factor Analytic and a Composite Measurement of Allostatic Load”
Speaker: John Galen Buckwalter, Skip Rizzo, Bruce Sheffield John, Lisa Finlay, Andrew Wong, Ester Chin, Stephanie Smolinski
Host: I/ITSEC 2011

Stress is possibly the hallmark characteristic of the current conflicts confronting the United States. Extended and repeated deployments require the ability on the part of …

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November 29, 2011 | Scottsdale, AZ
Louis-Philippe Morency Presents at ACM Multimedia
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, ICT
Host: ACM Multimedia 2011

Face-to-face communication is a highly dynamic process where participants mutually exchange and interpret linguistic and gestural signals. Even when only one person speaks at the …

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November 28, 2011 | Vancouver, Canada
Stacy Marsella, Teresa Day: “Socially Optimized Learning in Virtual Environments (SOLVE)”
Speaker: Stacy Marsella, Teresa Dey
Host: ICIDS 2011

Although young men who have sex with men (MSM) are at high risk for contracting HIV, few interventions address the affective/automatic factors (e.g., sexual arousal, …

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November 22, 2011 | The Times Center, New York, NY
Paul Debevec Speaks on Computer Animiation in NYC
Speaker: Paul Debevec, ICT
Host: USC Alumni Association

Paul Debevec, a computer science professor at the University of Southern California (USC), as well as the associate director for graphics research at the USC …

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November 17, 2011 | London, UK
Andrew Jones, Graham Fyffe, XueMing Yu, Wan-Chun Ma, Jay Busch, Ryosuke Ichikari, Mark Bolas, Paul Debevec: “Head-mounted Photometric Stereo for Performance Capture”
Speaker: Andrew Jones, Graham Fyffe, XueMing Yu, Wan-Chun Ma, Jay Busch, Ryosuke Ichikari, Mark Bolas, Paul Debevec
Host: 8th European Conference on Visual Media Production (CVMP 2011)

Head-mounted cameras are an increasingly important tool for capturing facial performances to drive virtual characters. They provide a fixed, unoccluded view of the face, useful …

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November 16, 2011 | Alicante, Spain
Louis-Philippe Morency, Rada Mihalcea, Paval Doshi: “Towards Multimodal Sentiment Analysis: Harvesting Opinions from The Web”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency, Rada Mihalcea, Paval Doshi
Host: 13th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2011)

With more than 10,000 new videos posted online every day on social websites such as YouTube and Facebook, the in- ternet is becoming an almost …

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November 16, 2011 | London, UK
Borom Tunwattanapong, Abhijeet Ghosh, Paul Debevec: “Practical Image-Based Relighting and Editing with Spherical-Harmonics and Local Lights”
Speaker: Borom Tunwattanapong, Abhijeet Ghosh, Paul Debevec
Host: European Conference on Visual Media and Production (CVMP 2011)

We present a practical technique for image-based relighting under environmental illumination which greatly reduces the number of required photographs compared to traditional techniques, while still …

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November 14, 2011 | Edinburgh, UK
Ari Shapiro: “Building a Character Animation System”
Speaker: Ari Shapiro
Host: The Fourth International Conference on Motion in Games

Abstract of Presentation: We synthesize natural-looking locomotion, reaching and grasping for a virtual character in order to accomplish a wide range of movement and manipulation …

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November 11, 2011 | Los Angeles, CA
Jacquelyn Ford Morie Speaks on Virtual Worlds at 2011 Saban Symposium 2011
Speaker: Jacquelyn Morie, ICT
Host: Saban Research Institute

The Saban Symposium focused on the process of supporting the needs of youth and families as they make the transition from pediatric to adult-oriented health …

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November 9, 2011 | Chiang Mai, Thailand
David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Kenji Sagae: “An Evaluation of Alternative Strategies for Implementing Dialogue Policies Using Statistical Classification and Rules”
Speaker: David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Kenji Sagae
Host: The 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP 2011)

We present and evaluate a set of architectures for conversational dialogue systems, exploring rule-based and statistical classification approaches. In a case study, we show that …

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November 5, 2011 | Arlington, VA
Paul S. Rosenbloom: “Mental imagery in a graphical cognitive architecture”
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: Second International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures

Can mental imagery be incorporated uniformly into a cognitive architecture by leveraging the mixed (relational and probabilistic) hybrid (discrete and continuous) processing supported by factor …

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November 5, 2011 | Seattle, WA
Morteza Dehghani: “Analyzing the debate over the Construction of the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: Annual Meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (JDM 2011)

There is evidence that striking differences in the very definitions of morality are at the root of many social-ideological differences within a country. Haidt and …

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November 4, 2011 | Washington, DC
Paul S. Rosenbloom: “Bridging dichotomies in cognitive architectures for virtual humans”
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: AAAI Fall Symposium on Advances in Cognitive Systems

Desiderata for cognitive architectures that are to support the extent of human-level intelligence required in virtual humans imply the need to bridge a range of …

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November 4, 2011 | Arlington, VA
Elnaz Nouri, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, David Traum: “Augmenting Conversational Characters with Generated Question-Answer Pairs”
Speaker: Elnaz Nouri, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, David Traum
Host: AAAI Symposium on Question Generation

We take a conversational character trained on a set of linked question-answer pairs authored by hand, and augment its training data by adding sets of …

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November 4, 2011 | Arlington, VA
Paul S. Rosenbloom: “Fusing Symbolic and Decision-Theoretic Problem Solving and Perception in a Graphical Cognitive Architecture”
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: Second International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures

A step is taken towards fusing symbolic and decision-theoretic problem solving in a cognitive architecture by implementing the latter in an architecture within which the …

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November 3, 2011 | Seattle, WA
Matthew Jensen Hays, Adriel Boals: “Is Measuring Short-Term Memory as Easy as Reducing Test-Expectancy?”
Speaker: Matthew Jensen Hays, Adriel Boals
Host: Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society

Learners intuitively understand that they must rely on long-term memory processes in order to recall information after an intervening distractor (e.g., Watkins & Watkins, 1974). …

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November 3, 2011 | Orange, CA
Thomas Parsons, James Reinebold: “Neuroscience and Simulation Interface for Adaptive Assessment in Serious Games”
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, James Reinebold
Host: IEEE International Games Innovation Conference

While advances in military relevant simulations provide potential for increasing assessment of Soldier readiness to Return-to-Duty (e.g., following a blast injury), little has been done …

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October 29, 2011 | Scottsdale, AZ
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Computational Study of Human Communication Dynamics”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: The Third International Workshop on Social Signal Processing

Face-to-face communication is a highly dynamic process where participants mutually exchange and interpret linguistic and gestural signals. Even when only one person speaks at the …

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October 28, 2011 | Basel, Switzerland
Mark Bolas Gives Keynote Speech at International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR)
Speaker: Mark Bolas
Host: The 10th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality

Mixed and augmented reality is crossing the chasm from research to widespread adoption. This requires us to think beyond registered planes of pixels in space, …

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October 10, 2011 | Palo Alto, CA
Emmett Tomai, Laxman Thapa, Andrew Gordon, Sin-hwa Kang: “Causality in Hundreds of Narratives of the Same Events”
Speaker: Emmett Tomai, Laxman Thapa, Andrew Gordon, Sin-hwa Kang
Host: The Fourth Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies at the 2011 AI and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference (AIIDE)

Empirical research supporting computational models of narrative is often constrained by the lack of large-scale corpora with deep annotation. In this paper, we report on …

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October 9, 2011 | Memphis, TN
Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Dimitrios Antos, Jonathan Gratch: “A Computer Model of the Interpersonal Effect of Emotion Displayed in a Social Dilemma”
Speaker: Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Dimitrios Antos, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Fourth International Conference of the HUMAINE Association on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2011)

The paper presents a computational model for decision-making in a social dilemma that takes into account the other party’s emotion displays. The model is based …

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October 9, 2011 | Memphis, TN
Wu Dongrui, Thomas Parsons: “Inductive Transfer Learning for Handling Individual Differences in Affective Computing”
Speaker: Wu Dongrui, Thomas Parsons
Host: Fourth International Conference of the HUMAINE Association on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2011)

Although psychophysiological and affective computing approaches may increase facility for development of the next generation of human-computer systems, the data resulting from research studies in …

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October 9, 2011 | Memphis ,TN
Geovany Ramirez, Tadas Baltrusaitis, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Modeling Latent Discriminative Dynamic of Multi-Dimensional Affective Signals”
Speaker: Geovany Ramirez, Tadas Baltrusaitis, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: Audio/Visual Emotion Challenge and Workshop (AVEC 2011)

During face-to-face communication, people continuously exchange para-linguistic information such as their emotional state through facial expressions, posture shifts, gaze patterns and prosody. These affective signals …

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October 9, 2011 | Memphis, TN
Mohammed (Ehsan) Hoque, Louis-Philippe Morency, Rosalind Picard: “Are you friendly or just polite? – Analysis of smiles in spontaneous face-to-face interactions”
Speaker: Mohammed (Ehsan) Hoque, Louis-Philippe Morency, Rosalind Picard
Host: Fourth International Conference of the HUMAINE Association on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2011)

This work is part of a research effort to understand and characterize the morphological and dynamic features of polite and amused smiles. We analyzed a …

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October 7, 2011 | Bogota, Colombia
Paul Debevec: “From Spider-Man to Avatar: Achieving Photoreal Digital Actors”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Bogota ACM SIGGRAPH 2011

Somewhere between “Final Fantasy” in 2001 and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008, digital actors crossed the “Uncanny Valley” from looking strangely synthetic …

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October 1, 2011 | Palo Alto, CA
“Paul Debevec: A Pioneer in Virtual Cinematography”
Speaker: Paul Debevec
Host: Palo Alto International Film Festival

Paul Debevec (Spider-Man 2, Avatar) is a Research Professor at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista, CA. A pioneer …

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September 23, 2011 | USC University Park Campus, Los Angeles, CA
Mark Bolas Serves as Expert Games and Social Media Panelist at USC’s 2011 Body Computing Conference
Speaker: Mark Bolas, ICT Associate Director for Mixed Reality Research and Development
Host: USC Body Computing Conference

Mark Bolas served on the Games, Social Media, Entertainment—New Roles in Medicine panel at the USC Body Computing Conference. The conference provides a forum for the world’s …

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September 23, 2011 | Salamanca, Spain
Belinda Lange: “Virtual Reality: General overview and perspectives for neurorehabilitation”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: HYPER 2011 Summer School on Neurorehabilitation

This presentation will provide a general overview of Virtual Reality using examples from applications that have been developed for neurorehabilitation. The use of video games …

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September 23, 2011 | USC ICT
Congkai Sun, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Towards Speaker Adaptation for Dialogue Act Recognition”
Speaker: Congkai Sun, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: SEMDIAL 2011 workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue

Dialogue act labels are being used to represent a higher level intention of utterances during human conversation (Stolcke et al., 2000). Automatic dialogue act recognition …

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September 21, 2011 | Las Vegas, NV
Jacki Morie: “The Application of Simulation Technology for Training in Military Medicine”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, ICT
Host: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

Morie was an invited speaker on her work in bringing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to the Virtual World to help veterans reduce stress. THE …

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September 21, 2011 | USC ICT
Louis-Philippe Morency: “Towards Speaker Adaptation for Dialogue Act Recognition”
Speaker: Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: SEMDIAL 2011 workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue

In this work we study the effectiveness of speaker adaptation for Dialogue Act recognition in multiparty meetings. First, we analyze idiosyncracy in dialogue verbal acts …

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September 19-20, 2011 | USC ICT
ICT Workshop on Overlap in Human-Computer Dialogue
Conference Website: ICT Workshop on Overlap in Human-Computer Dialogue

Organizing Committee: David Traum, Jens Edlund, Nigel Ward Background Natural Human dialogue (especially multiparty dialogue) contains many instances of more than one person talking at …

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September 20, 2011 | Oxford, UK
Jacki Morie, Nonny de la Pena: “Sexual Harassment, Gender & Gender-swapping in SL”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Nonny de la Pena
Host: A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society

Second Life, as a popular online virtual world, has emerged over the last several years as a fertile ground for researching various aspects of digitally-mediated …

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September 16, 2011 | Phoenix, AZ
Thomas Parsons Presents at Arizona Psychology Training Consortium in Pheonix
Speaker: Thomas Parsons, ICT
Host: Arizona Psychology Training Consortium

At the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, we have developed an adaptive virtual environment for assessment and rehabilitation of neurocognitive and affective …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch: “Virtual Rapport 2.0”
Speaker: Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

Rapport, the feeling of being “in sync” with your conversational partners, is argued to underlie many desirable social effects. By generating proper verbal and nonverbal …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella: “Modeling Side Participants and Bystanders: the Importance of Being a Laugh Track”
Speaker: Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

Research in virtual agents has largely ignored the role and behavior of side participants and especially bystanders. Our view is that the behavior of these …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Jonathan Gratch, Philipp Kulms, Nicole Krämer, Sin-hwa Kang: “It’s in their eyes: A study on female and male virtual humans’ gaze”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

Social psychological research demonstrates that the same behavior might lead to different evaluations depending on whether it is shown by a man or a woman. …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Priti Aggarwal, Kevin Feeley, Fabrizio Morbini, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, David Traum, Julia Kim: “Interactive characters for cultural training of small military units”
Speaker: Priti Aggarwal, Kevin Feeley, Fabrizio Morbini, Ron Artstein, Anton Leuski, David Traum, Julia Kim
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

CHAOS, the Combat Hunter Action and Observation Simulation, is an immersive simulation training environment which gives small military units the experience of interacting with local …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Dusan Jan, Eric Chance, Dinesh Rajpurohit, David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Jacki Morie, David Traum: “Checkpoint Exercise: Training with Virtual Actors in Virtual Worlds”
Speaker: Dusan Jan, Eric Chance, Dinesh Rajpurohit, David DeVault, Anton Leuski, Jacki Morie, David Traum
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

We have implemented a checkpoint exercise in Second Life where the user interacts with several computer avatars in a team based activity. We describe the …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Zhiyang Wang, Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella: “Towards More Comprehensive Listening Behavior: Beyond the Bobble Head”
Speaker: Zhiyang Wang, Jina Lee, Stacy Marsella
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

Realizing effective listening behavior in virtual humans has become a key area of research, especially as research has sought to realize more complex social scenarios …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Antonio Roque, Mark Core, Dusan Jan, David Traum: “Using virtual tour behavior to build dialogue models for training review”
Speaker: Antonio Roque, Mark Core, Dusan Jan, David Traum
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

We develop an intelligent agent that builds a user model of a learner during a tour of a virtual world. The user model is based …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Sin-hwa Kang, Candy Sidner, Jonathan Gratch, Ron Artstein, Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency: “Modeling Nonverbal Behavior of a Virtual Counselor during Intimate Self-Disclosure”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Candy Sidner, Jonathan Gratch, Ron Artstein, Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

Humans often share personal information with others in order to create social connec-tions. Sharing personal information is especially important in counseling interactions [2]. Research studying …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Chung-Cheng Chiu, Stacy Marsella: “How to train your avatar”
Speaker: Chung-Cheng Chiu, Stacy Marsella
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

The ability to gesture is key to realizing virtual characters that can engage in face-to-face interaction with people. Many applications take an approach of predefining …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Morteza Dehghani: “Cultural Frame-Switching using Accented Spoken Language by a Virtual Character”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

In this paper, we examine whether embodied conversational agents can be used to implement socio-cultural markers. We investigate whether the accent of a virtual character, …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Peter Khooshabeh, Sudeep Gandhe, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich, David Traum: “The effects of virtual agent humor and gaze behavior on human-virtual agent proxemics”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Sudeep Gandhe, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich, David Traum
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

We study whether a virtual agent that delivers humor through verbal behavior can affect an individual’s proxemic behavior towards the agent. Participants interacted with a …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Jennifer Klatt, Stacy Marsella, NIcole Kramer: “Negotiations in the Context of AIDS Prevention: An Agent-Based Model Using Theory of Mind”
Speaker: Jennifer Klatt, Stacy Marsella, NIcole Kramer
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

For the purpose of an AIDS prevention game, a model was developed that focuses on training safe sex negotiations. Non-player characters in the game are …

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September 15, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Herwin van Welbergen, Yuyu Xu, Marcus Thiebaux, Andrew W. Feng, Jingqiao Fu, Dennis Reidsma, Ari Shapiro: “Demonstrating and Testing the Compliance of BML Realizers”
Speaker: Herwin van Welbergen, Yuyu Xu, Marcus Thiebaux, Andrew W. Feng, Jingqiao Fu, Dennis Reidsma, Ari Shapiro
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

BML realizers are complex software modules that implement a standardized interface, the BML speci cation language, to steer the behavior of a virtual human. We aim …

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August 31, 2011 | Boston, MA
Belinda Lange, Chien-Yen Chang, Evan Suma, Bradley Newman, Skip Rizzo, Mark Bolas: “Development and Evaluation of Low Cost Game-Based Balance Rehabilitation Tool Using the Microsoft Kinect Sensor”
Speaker: Belinda Lange, Chien-Yen Chang, Evan Suma, Bradley Newman, Skip Rizzo, Mark Bolas
Host: 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2011)

The use of the commercial video games as rehabilitation tools, such as the Nintendo® WiiFit™, has recently gained much interest in the physical therapy arena. …

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August 31, 2011 | Boston, MA
Belinda Lange Presents at the 33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference
Speaker: Belinda Lange, ICT
Host: 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC '11)

The use of the commercial video games as rehabilitation tools, such as the Nintendo WiiFitT, has recently gained much interest in the physical therapy arena. …

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August 30, 2011 | Florence, Italy
David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum: “Detecting the Status of a Predictive Incremental Speech Understanding Model for Real-Time Decision-Making in a Spoken Dialogue System”
Speaker: David DeVault, Kenji Sagae, David Traum
Host: Interspeech 2011

We explore the potential for a responsive spoken dialogue system to use the real-time status of an incremental speech understanding model to guide its incremental …

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August 29, 2011 | Florence, Italy
Kallirroi Georgila: “Reinforcement Learning of Argumentation Dialogue Policies in Negotiation”
Speaker: Interspeech 2011
Host: Interspeech 2011

We build dialogue system policies for negotiation, and in particular for argumentation. These dialogue policies are designed for negotiation against users of different cultural norms …

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August 14, 2011 | Reykjavik, Iceland
Morteza Dehghani: “Cultural Frame-Switching using Accented Spoken Language by a Virtual Character”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: IVA 2011 Workshop on Culturally Motivated Virtual Characters (CMVC 2011)

In this paper, we examine whether embodied conversational agents can be used to implement socio-cultural markers. We investigate whether the accent of a virtual character, …

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August 11, 2011 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Wan-Chun Ma, Graham Fyffe, Paul Debevec: “Optimized Local Blendshape Mapping for Facial Motion Retargeting”
Speaker: Wan-Chun Ma, Graham Fyffe, Paul Debevec
Host: SIGGRAPH 2011

One of the popular methods for facial motion retargeting is local blendshape mapping [Pighin and Lewis 2006], where each local facial region is controlled by …

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August 11, 2011 | San Francisco, CA
Jonathan Ito, Stacy Marsella: “Contextually-Based Utility: An Appraisal-Based Approach at Modeling Framing and Decisions”
Speaker: Jonathan Ito, Stacy Marsella
Host: The Twenty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-11)

Creating accurate computational models of human decision making is a vital step towards the realization of socially intelligent systems capable of both predicting and simulating …

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August 7, 2011 | San Francisco, CA
Andrew Gordon, Cosmin Bejan, Kenji Sagae: “Commonsense Causal Reasoning Using Millions of Personal Stories”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Cosmin Bejan, Kenji Sagae
Host: Twenty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-11)

The personal stories that people write in their Internet weblogs include a substantial amount of information about the causal relationships between everyday events. In this …

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August 4-6 2010 | USC ICT
Predictive Models of Human Communication Dynamics
Conference Website: Predictive Models of Human Commucation Dynamics

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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August 5, 2011 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Cyrus Wilson, Oleg Alexander, Borom Tunwattanapong, Pieter Peers, Abhijeet Ghosh, Jay Busch, Arno Hartholt, Paul Debevec: “Facial Cartography: Interactive Scan Correspondence”
Speaker: Cyrus Wilson, Oleg Alexander, Borom Tunwattanapong, Pieter Peers, Abhijeet Ghosh, Jay Busch, Arno Hartholt, Paul Debevec
Host: ACM/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2011

We present a semi-automatic technique for computing surface correspondences between 3D facial scans in different expressions, such that scan data can be mapped into a …

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August 3, 2011 | Mountain View, CA
Paul S. Rosenbloom: “From Memory to Problem Solving: Mechanism Reuse in a Graphical Cognitive Architecture”
Speaker: Paul S. Rosenbloom
Host: Fourth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence

This article describes the extension of a memory architecture that is implemented via graphical models to include core aspects of problem solving. By extensive reuse …

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July 28, 2011 | Kyoto, Japan
Jonathan Gratch: “Rise of the Machines”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: ISRE 2011

Advances in computational methods for recognizing, modeling, and shaping human emotions Abstract: The last decade has seen the emergence of the field of Affective Computing: …

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July 24, 2011 | Toulouse, France
Peter Khooshabeh, Jonathan Gratch, Lixing Huang, J. Tao: “Does culture affect the perception of emotion in virtual faces?”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Jonathan Gratch, Lixing Huang, J. Tao
Host: International Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization

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 21, 2011 | Boston, MA
Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Jonathan Gratch: “Reverse Appraisal: Inferring from Emotion Displays who is the Cooperator and the Competitor in a Social Dilemma”
Speaker: Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Jonathan Gratch
Host: The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci) 2011

This paper explores whether and how facial displays of emotion can impact emergence of cooperation in a social dilemma. Three experiments are described where participants …

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July 20, 2011 | Boston, MA
Morteza Dehghani, Jonathan Gratch, Sonya Sachdeva, Kenji Sagae: “Analyzing Conservative and Liberal Blogs Related to the Construction of the Ground Zero Mosque”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: CogScience 2011

The issue of the „Ground Zero Mosque‟ has been one of the most controversial political issues in US politics in the last several years. Using …

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July 17, 2011 | Barcelona, Spain
Ron Artstein, Michael Rushforth, Sudeep Gandhe, David Traum, Aram Donigian: “Limits of simple dialogue acts for tactical questioning dialogues”
Speaker: Ron Artstein, Michael Rushforth, Sudeep Gandhe, David Traum, Aram Donigian
Host: 7th IJCAI workshop on knowledge and reasoning in practical dialogue systems

A set of dialogue acts, generated automatically by applying a dialogue act scheme to a domain representation designed for easy scenario authoring, covers approximately 72%–76% …

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July 12, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Jacki Morie, Eric Chance, John Galen Buckwalter: “Report on a Preliminary Study Using Breath Control and a Virtual Jogging Scenario as Biofeedback for Resilience Training”
Speaker: Jacki Morie, Eric Chance, John Galen Buckwalter
Host: HCI 2011

Alternative methods of treating psychological stress are needed to treat some veterans of recent military conflicts. The use of virtual world technologies is one possible …

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July 12, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Kallirroi Georgila, David Traum: “Learning Culture-Specific Dialogue Models from Non Culture-Specific Data”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, David Traum
Host: HCI 2011

We build culture-specific dialogue policies of virtual humans for negotiation and in particular for argumentation and persuasion. In order to do that we use a …

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July 12, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Jacki Morie: “Body Buddies: Social Signaling through Puppeteering
Speaker: Jacki Morie
Host: HCI 2011

While virtual worlds have evolved to provide a good medium for social communication, they are very primitive in their social and affective communication design. The …

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July 11, 2011 | Orlando, FL
Belinda Lange and Skip Rizzo: “Virtual and Mixed Reality”
Speaker: Belinda Lange and Skip Rizzo, ICT
Host: HCI International 2011

ICT’s Belinda Lange and Skip Rizzo with present their paper, Virtual and Mixed Reality, at the 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Orlando, Florida.

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June 30, 2011 | Arlington, VA
Morteza Dehghani: “Investigating and Modeling the Role of Cultural Narratives in Moral Decision-Making”
Speaker: Morteza Dehghani
Host: Narrative Networks (N2)

Sacred values are different from secular values in that they are often associated with violations of the cost-benefit logic of rational choice models. Understanding and …

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June 28, 2011 | Auckland, New Zealand
H. Chad Lane: “An Introduction to the Learning Sciences”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane
Host: 15th International Conference on AIED

In this talk I will review the basic principles of human learning and education through the lens of American popular media. This is an invited …

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June 28, 2011 | Auckland, New Zealand
H. Chad Lane, Dan Noren, Daniel Auerbach, Mike Birch, William Swartout: “Intelligent Tutoring Goes to the Museum in the Big City: A Pedagogical Agent for Informal Science Education”
Speaker: H. Chad Lane, Dan Noren, Daniel Auerbach, Mike Birch, William Swartout
Host: 15th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

In this paper, we describe Coach Mike, a virtual staff member at the Boston Museum of Science that seeks to help visitors at Robot Park, …

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June 27, 2011 | Banff, Alberta
Bill Swartout: “Let Me Tell You a Story”
Speaker: Bill Swartout
Host: Sixth International Conference on Knowledge Capture

Stories are a fundamental means through which we learn and share experiences. At the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, stories are the backbone behind a …

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June 27, 2011 | Zurich, Switzerland
Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, Tamar Weiss: “Microsoft Kinect/Primesense Sensing Systems for Virtual Rehabilitation”
Speaker: Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, Tamar Weiss
Host: International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation 2011

One of the exciting new developments in the field of Virtual Rehabilitation involves the release of the new Xbox Kinect system by Microsoft. This revolutionary …

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June 25, 2011 | Banff, Alberta
Rutu Mulkar-Mehta, Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs, Eduard Hovy: “Causal Markers across Domains and Genres of Discourse”
Speaker: Rutu Mulkar-Mehta, Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs, Eduard Hovy
Host: The Sixth International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP 2011)

This paper is a study of causation as it occurs in different domains and genres of discourse. There have been various initiatives to extract causality …

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June 24, 2011 | Colorado Springs, CO
Joel Jurik, Andrew Jones, Mark Bolas, Paul Debevec: “Prototyping a Light Field Display Involving Direct Observation of a Video Projector Array”
Speaker: Joel Jurik, Andrew Jones, Mark Bolas, Paul Debevec
Host: 8th IEEE International Workshop on Projector–Camera Systems (PROCAMS 2011)

We present a concept for a full-parallax light field display achieved by having users look directly into an array of video projectors. Each projector acts …

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June 22, 2011 | Gatineau, Quebec
Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch: “People Like Virtual Counselors That Highly-Disclose About Themselves”
Speaker: Sin-hwa Kang, Jonathan Gratch
Host: The 16th Annual CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology Conference

In this paper, we describe our findings from research designed to explore the effect of self-disclosure between virtual human counselors (interviewers) and human users (interviewees) …

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June 21, 2011 | Portland, OR
Derya Ozkan: “Modeling Wisdom of Crowds Using Latent Mixture of Discriminative Experts”
Speaker: Derya Ozkan
Host: 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies

In many computational linguistic scenarios, training labels are subjectives making it necessary to acquire the opinions of multiple annotators/experts, which is referred to as ”wisdom …

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June 20, 2011 | Portland, OR
Fabrizio Morbini Presents at SIGdial
Speaker: Fabrizio Morbini, ICT
Host: SIGdial 2011

Individual utterances often serve multiple communicative purposes in dialogue.  We present a data-driven approach for identification of multiple dialogue acts in single utterances in the …

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June 18, 2011 | Portland, OR
Ron Artstein: “Error Return Plots”
Speaker: Ron Artstein
Host: The 12th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

Error-return plots show the rate of error (misunderstanding) against the rate of non-return (non-understanding) for Natural Language Processing systems. They are a useful visual tool …

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June 17, 2011 | Portland, OR
Sudeep Gandhe, Alysa Taylor, Jillian Gerten, David Traum: “Rapid Development of Advanced Question-Answering Characters by Non-experts”
Speaker: Sudeep Gandhe, Alysa Taylor, Jillian Gerten, David Traum
Host: The 12th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We demonstrate a dialogue system and the accompanying authoring tools that are designed to allow authors with little or no experience in building dialogue systems …

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June 17, 2011 | Portland, OR
Eliza Margaretha, David DeVault: ” An Approach to the Automated Evaluation of Pipeline Architectures in Natural Language Dialogue Systems”
Speaker: Eliza Margaretha, David DeVault
Host: The 12th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We present an approach to performing automated evaluations of pipeline architectures in natural language dialogue systems. Our approach addresses some of the difficulties that arise …

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June 17, 2011 | Portland, OR
David DeVault: “Toward Learning and Evaluation of Dialogue Policies with Text Examples”
Speaker: David DeVault
Host: The 12th annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We present a dialogue collection and enrichment framework that is designed to explore the learning and evaluation of dialogue policies for simple conversational characters using …

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June 17, 2011 | Portland, OR
Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Angela Nazarian, Michael Rushforth, David Traum, Katia Sycara: “An annotation scheme for cross-cultural argumentation and persuasion dialogues”
Speaker: Kallirroi Georgila, Ron Artstein, Angela Nazarian, Michael Rushforth, David Traum, Katia Sycara
Host: 12th Annual SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue

We present a novel annotation scheme for cross-cultural argumentation and persuasion dialogues. This scheme is an adaptation of existing coding schemes on negotiation, following a …

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June 7-8 2011 | USC ICT
INCOPD ALC2015 Immersive Training Workshop
Conference Website: INCOPD ALC2015 Immersive Training Workshop

The purpose of the immersive training program is to introduce Army trainers to engaging and relevant instructional technologies such as highly realistic, interactive games and …

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June 1, 2011 | Bergen, Norway
Kip Haynes, Eric Chance: “CaveSL: A Large Format Scalable Multi-display System for Social and Scientific Visualization in Second Life”
Speaker: Edward Haynes, Eric Chance
Host: 13th Annual IEEE EuroGraphics/Visualization (EuroVis) Conference

As virtual worlds have become more popular for education and socialization, many researchers have begun to utilize virtual worlds like Second Life as a novel …

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June 1, 2011 | Istanbul, Turkey
Peter Carnevale, Yoo Kyung Kim, Celso de Melo, Morteza Dehghani, Jonathan Gratch: “These Are Ours: The Effects of Ownership and Groups on Property Negotiation”
Speaker: Peter Carnevale, Yoo Kyung Kim, Celso de Melo, Morteza Dehghani, Jonathan Gratch
Host: International Association for Conflict Management

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May 31, 2011 | Bergen, Norway
Edward Haynes and Eric Chance: “CaveSL : A Large Format Scalable Multi-display System for Social and Scientific Visualization in Second Life”
Speaker: Edward Haynes, Eric Chance
Host: IEEE Eurovis 2011

As virtual worlds have become more popular for education and socialization, many researchers have begun to utilize virtual worlds like Second Life as a novel …

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May 28, 2011 | Chengdu, China
Alex Wan-chun Ma, Ko-Yun Lui, Chun-Fa Chang, Chuan-Chang Wang, Paul Debevec: “A Framework for Locally Retargeting and Rendering Facial Performance”
Speaker: Alex Wan-chun Ma, Ko-Yun Lui, Chun-Fa Chang, Chuan-Chang Wang, Paul Debevec
Host: The 24th International Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA 2011)

We present a facial motion retargeting method that enables the control of a blendshape rig according to marker-based motion capture data. The main purpose of …

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May 19, 2011 | Palm Beach, FL
Ron Artstein: “Improving Spoken Dialogue Understanding using Phonetic Mixture Models”
Speaker: Ron Artstein
Host: FLAIRS 24

Augmenting word tokens with a phonetic representation, derived from a dictionary, improves the performance of a Natural Language Understanding component that interprets speech recognizer output: …

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May 18, 2011 | Boston, MA
Belinda Lange: “Harness the Tech Behind the Kinect: Achievements and Challenges in the Implementation of the Microsoft Kinect Technology into Game-based Rehabilitation Applications”
Speaker: Belinda Lange
Host: Games for Health

This presentation will describe initial user testing of game-based rehabilitation applications that use the Kinect sensor. Within the Medical VR Group Motor Rehabilitation Lab at …

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May 18, 2011 | Palm Beach, FL
Ron Artstein: “Evaluating Conversational Characters Created through Question Generation”
Speaker: Ron Artstein
Host: FLAIRS 24

Question generation tools can be used to extract a question-answer database from text articles. We investigate how suitable this technique is for giving domain-specific knowledge …

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May 7, 2011 | Toronto, Ontario
Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch: “A Multimodal End-of-Turn Prediction Model: Learning from Parasocial Consensus Sampling”
Speaker: Lixing Huang, Louis-Philippe Morency, Jonathan Gratch
Host: 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent System

Virtual humans, with realistic behaviors and increasingly human-like social skills, evoke in users a range of social behaviors normally only seen in human face-to-face interactions. …

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May 6, 2011 | Taipei, Taiwan
Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Jonathan Gratch: “The Effect of Expression of Anger and Happiness in Computer Agents on Negotiations with Humans”
Speaker: Celso de Melo, Peter Carnevale, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2011

There is now considerable evidence in social psychology, economics, and related disciplines that emotion plays an important role in negotiation. For example, humans make greater …

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May 6, 2011 | Taipei, Taiwan
Chung-Cheng Chiu, Stacy Marsella: “A style controller for generating virtual human behaviors”
Speaker: Chung-Cheng Chiu, Stacy Marsella
Host: The Tenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

Creating a virtual character that exhibits realistic physical behaviors requires a rich set of animations. To mimic the variety as well as the subtlety of …

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May 5, 2011 | Taipei, Taiwan
Jason Tsai, Natalie Fridman, Emma Bowring, Matthew Brown, Shira Epstein, Gal Kaminka, Stacy Marsella, Andrew Ogden, Rika Inbal, Ankur Sheel, Matthew Taylor, Xuezhi Wang, Avishay Zilka, Milind Tambe: “ESCAPES – Evacuation Simulation with Children, Authorities, Parents, Emotions, and Social comparison”
Speaker: Jason Tsai, Natalie Fridman, Emma Bowring, Matthew Brown, Shira Epstein, Gal Kaminka, Stacy Marsella, Andrew Ogden, Rika Inbal, Ankur Sheel, Matthew Taylor, Xuezhi Wang, Avishay Zilka, Milind Tambe
Host: Innovative Applications Track of the Tenth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2011

In creating an evacuation simulation for training and planning, realistic agents that reproduce known phenomenon are required. Evacuation simulation in the airport domain requires additional …

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May 3, 2011 | Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Celso De Melo: “The Effect of Expression of Anger and Happiness in Computer Agents on Negotiations with Humans”
Speaker: Celso De Melo, ICT
Host: The 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

There is now considerable evidence in social psychology, economics, and related disciplines that emotion plays an important role in negotiation. For example, humans make greater …

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May 2, 2011 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Peter Khooshabeh, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich: “Does it matter if a computer jokes?”
Speaker: Peter Khooshabeh, Cade McCall, Jonathan Gratch, James Blascovich
Host: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011)

The goal here was to determine whether computer interfaces are capable of social influence via humor. Users interacted with a natural language capable virtual agent …

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April 14, 2011 | Pittsburgh, PA
Bill Swartout: “What Have We Learned From Virtual Humans”
Speaker: Bill Swartout
Host: Carnegie Mellon University

For a little over a decade, we have been building virtual humans � computer-generated characters � at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. In this …

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April 13, 2011 | Llandudno, UK
Graham Fyffe, Tim Hawkins, Chris Watts, Wan-Chun Ma, Paul Debevec: “Comprehensive Facial Performance Capture”
Speaker: Graham Fyffe, Tim Hawkins, Chris Watts, Wan-Chun Ma, Paul Debevec
Host: Eurographics 2011

We present a system for recording a live dynamic facial performance, capturing highly detailed geometry and spatially varying diffuse and specular reflectance information for each …

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April 8, 2011 | Pittsburgh, PA
Yvonne Jung, Arjan Kuijper, Dieter Fellner, Michael Kipp, Jan Miksatko, Jonathan Gratch, Daniel Thalmann: “Believable Virtual Characters in Human-Computer Dialogs
Speaker: Yvonne Jung, Arjan Kuijper, Dieter Fellner, Michael Kipp, Jan Miksatko, Jonathan Gratch, Daniel Thalmann
Host: International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP 11)

For many application areas, where a task is most naturally represented by talking or where standard input devices are difficult to use or not available …

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April 8, 2011 | Pittsburgh, PA
Graham Fyffe, XueMing Yu, Paul Debevec: “Single-Shot Photometric Stereo by Spectral Multiplexing”
Speaker: Graham Fyffe, XueMing Yu, Paul Debevec
Host: International Conference on Computational Photography (ICCP 11)

We propose a novel method for single-shot photometric stereo by spectral multiplexing. The output of our method is a simultaneous per-pixel estimate of the surface …

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April 6, 2011 | New York, NY and New Orleans, LA
ICT’s Skip Rizzo in NYC at the UN and in New Orleans
Speaker: Skip Rizzo, ICT
Host: World Health Organization on Trauma Intervention and the New Orleans VA

Dr. Skip Rizzo will present in NYC at the UN to the World Health Organization on Trauma Intervention about aid worker preparation using virtual humans …

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March 24, 2011 | Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara, CA
Jon Gratch Gives the Keynote Speech at The 9th Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition
Speaker: Jon Gratch
Host: The 9th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG'11)

Face and gesture research has made enormous progress in recognizing human nonverbal signals, but still faces important challenges in understanding the social meaning and significance …

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March 23, 2011 | Santa Barbara, CA
Giota Stratou: “Effect of Illumination on Automatic Expression Recognition: A Novel 3D Relightable Facial Database”
Speaker: Giota Stratou
Host: 9th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2011)

One of the main challenges in facial expression recognition is illumination invariance. Our long-term goal is to develop a system for automatic facial expression recognition …

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March 23, 2011 | Santa Barbara, CA
Konstantinos Bousmalis, Louis-Philippe Morency, Maja Pantic: “Modeling Hidden Dynamics of Multimodal Cues for Spontaneous Agreement and Disagreement Recognition”
Speaker: Konstantinos Bousmalis, Louis-Philippe Morency, Maja Pantic
Host: 9th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2011)

This paper attempts to recognize spontaneous agreement and disagreement based only on nonverbal multimodalcues. Related work has mainly used verbal and prosodic cues. We demonstrate …

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March 22, 2011 | Singapore
David Krum: “A Design for a Smartphone-Based Head Mounted Display”
Speaker: David Krum
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2011 (VR 2011)

Thin computing clients, such as smartphones and tablets, have experienced recent growth in display resolutions and graphics processing power. In this poster, we show how …

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March 21, 2011 | Palo Alto, CA
Melissa Roemmelle, Cosmin Bejan, Andrew Gordon: “Choice of Plausible Alternatives: An Evaluation of Commonsense Causal Reasoning”
Speaker: Melissa Roemmelle, Cosmin Bejan, Andrew Gordon
Host: AAAI Spring Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning

Research in open-domain commonsense reasoning has been hindered by the lack of evaluation metrics for judging progress and comparing alternative approaches. Taking inspiration from large-scale …

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March 21, 2011 | Palo Alto, CA
Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs: “A Commonsense Theory of Mind-Body Interaction”
Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Jerry R. Hobbs
Host: AAAI Spring Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning

We propose a logical formalization of a commonsense theory of mind-body interaction as a step toward a deep lexical semantics for words and phrases related …

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March 21, 2011 | Singapore
Logan Olson, David Krum, Evan Suma and Mark Bolas: “A Design for a Smartphone-Based Head Mounted Display”
Speaker: Logan Olson, David Krum, Evan Suma and Mark Bolas, ICT
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2011

Thin computing clients, such as smartphones and tablets, have experienced recent growth in display resolutions and graphics processing power. In this poster, we show how …

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March 20, 2011 | Singapore
Evan Suma, Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, David Krum, Mark Bolas: “FAAST: The Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit”
Speaker: Evan Suma, Belinda Lange, Skip Rizzo, David Krum, Mark Bolas
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2011 (VR 2011)

The Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST) is middleware to facilitate integration of full-body control with virtual reality applications and video games using OpenNI-compliant …

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March 19, 2011 | Singapore
Evan Suma, David Krum, Mark Bolas: “Sharing Space in Mixed and Virtual Reality Environments Using a Low-Cost Depth Sensor”
Speaker: Evan Suma, David Krum, Mark Bolas
Host: International Symposium on Virtual Reality Innovations (ISVRI 2011)

We describe an approach for enabling people to share virtual space with a user that is fully immersed in a head-mounted display. By mounting a …

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March 19, 2011 | Singapore
Evan Suma, Mark Bolas, David Krum, Samantha Finkelstein: “Effects of Redirection on Spatial Orientation in Real and Virtual Environments”
Speaker: Evan Suma, Mark Bolas, David Krum, Samantha Finkelstein
Host: IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2011

We report a user study that investigated the effect of redirection in an immersive virtual environment on spatial orientation relative to both real world and …

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March 19, 2011 | Singapore
Evan Suma, Seth Clark, Samantha Finkelstein, Zachary Wartell, David Krum, Mark Bolas: “Leveraging Change Blindness for Redirection in Virtual Environments”
Speaker: Evan Suma, Seth Clark, Samantha Finkelstein, Zachary Wartell, David Krum, Mark Bolas
Host: IEEE Virtual Reality 2011 (VR 2011)

We present change blindness redirection, a novel technique for allowing the user to walk through an immersive virtual environment that is considerably larger than the …

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March 11, 2011 | Santa Barbara, CA
Jonathan Gratch: “So she’s smiling, now what?”
Speaker: Jonathan Gratch
Host: 9th IEEE Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2011)

Face and gesture research has made enormous progress in recognizing human nonverbal signals, but still faces important challenges in understanding the social meaning and significance …

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March 7, 2011 | Big Sky, Montana
Julia Campbell: “Developing INOTS to Support Interpersonal Skills Practice”
Speaker: Julia Campbell
Host: IEEE Aerospace Conference

The Immersive Naval Officer Training System (INOTS) is a blended learning environment that merges traditional classroom instruction with a mixed reality training setting. INOTS supports …

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March 3, 2011 | Auckland, New Zealand
Skip Rizzo: “Clinical Virtual Reality: A Brief Review of the Future”
Speaker: Skip Rizzo
Host: 2011 New Zealand Rehabilitation Association

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the many forms of Virtual Reality that have been applied across a diverse range of clinical disorders …

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February 23-25, 2011 | USC ICT
Workshop on Human-Agent Social Interaction in Open Online Virtual Worlds
Conference Website: Workshop on Human-Agent Social Interaction in Open Online Virtual Worlds

A virtual world (VW) is a social virtual environment depicted by a rich graphical landscape, where visitors come together to interact. The inhabitants of a …

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February 23, 2011 | Cincinatti, OH
ICT Attending and Presenting at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Speaker: Josh Williams, Patrick Kenny and Tomer Mor-Barak
Host: Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors

Josh Williams, Patrick Kenny and Tomer Mor-Barak will attend and present at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ “The Nuts and Bolts of …

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February 18-19, 2011 | USC ICT
Reasoning With Text
Conference Website: Reasoning with Text

Intelligent robots of the future are going to need to know a lot of stuff. They are going to need to know how a power …

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January 27, 2011 | San Antonio, TX
Celso de Melo Presents Poster at 2011 Emotion Pre-Conference
Speaker: Celso De Melo, ICT
Host: 2011 Emotion Pre-Conference to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

The Impact of Emotion Displays in Embodied Agents on Emergence of Cooperation with People Acknowledging the social functions of emotion in people, there has been …

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January 18, 2011 | USC ICT
Mark Core: “Natural Language Understanding Considerations for Lifelong Learning Companions”
Speaker: Mark Core
Host: Tenth International Conference on Creating, Connecting and Collaborating through Computing

In this paper, we present considerations for natural language processing for a lifelong learning companion. In the context of these considerations, we review related work …

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January 6, 2011 | Las Vegas, NV
Medical VR Group at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show
Speaker: Albert "Skip" Rizzo and the Medical Virtual Reality Group
Host: 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show

Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo and the ICT Medical Virtual Reality group will be attending and presenting SimCoach and Virtual Iraq/Afghanistan demonstrations at the 2011 International …

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