In conjunction with AmI’15, European Conference on Ambient Intelligence,
11-13 November 2015 - Athens, Greece

Avatars, also known as Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs), have been successfully employed in several domains, including gaming, education, health, training etc. Recently, the domain of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) has also been active in incorporating avatars as a front-end interface for elderly oriented solutions and services. Avatars provide an intuitive and natural way for elderly users to interact with intelligent systems that offer services or help them with their daily activities.

Since emotions play a fundamental role in human communication, within the scope of AAL, the affective capabilities an agent employs have strong impact on the perception of its intelligence, quality of interaction, and more importantly, on user engagement.  Affective interaction involves several aspects like the recognition of the user’s affective state, based for example on speech and video processing, the computational modelling of the agent’s affective state and behaviour, expression of affect via animated facial and/or bodily expressions, dialogue management which gracefully handles errors and interruptions, etc.

Successfully addressing open challenges in these domains can increase the frequency and quality of interaction, leading to a better acceptance of the agents and, in general, of AAL solutions. Principles of affective interaction may be similarly applied to robot-based systems to gain similar benefits in the domain on Ambient Intelligence.

Topics of interest

This workshop aims at discussing different aspects for the affective interaction with avatars (and robots). Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Affect recognition using different modalities, e.g. physiological signals, voice, facial expressions, and gestures
  2. Affect fusion from different modalities under different time constraints
  3. Advanced dialogue management for affective avatar interaction
  4. Computational models of moods, emotions, personalities and memory
  5. Affective and empathic behaviour in expressive avatars
  6. Evaluation studies and case studies from a point of view of practical applications

Important Dates

Workshop paper submission deadline: July 15, 2015, July 25, 2015 (EXTENDED)

Notifications to Workshop authors: August 15, 2015, August 21, 2015 (EXTENDED)

Workshop paper camera ready: September 1, 2015

Submission guidelines

We invite submissions as two- to four-page position papers in Springer format. Accepted papers will be published as an online CEUR Volume (see here for further details), indexed in SCOPUS. Submissions should follow the publication policies of CEUR detailed here.

Papers need to be submitted to easychair.

Organizers

Carsten Stocklöw, Fraunhofer IGD, Germany

Sten Hanke, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Maher Ben Moussa, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Panayiotis Andreou, Universityof Cyprus, Cyprus

Christiana  Tsiourti, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Program

Cereghetti, D.; Kleanthous, S.; Christophorou, C.; Tsiourti, C.; Wings, C.; Christodoulou, E.: "Virtual Partners for Seniors: Analysis of the Users’ Preferences and Expectations on Personality and Appearance"

Nunnari, F.; Heloir, A.: "DeEvA, a Depot of Evolving Avatars"

Hanke, S.; Sandner, E.; Tsiourti, C.; Stainer-Hochgatterer, A.: "The technical specication and architecture of a virtual support partner"

Andreou, P.; Georgiadis, D.; Pamboris, A.; Christophorou, C.; Samaras, G.: "Towards a Back-End Framework for Supporting Affective Avatar-Based Interaction Systems"