The Sixteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2016), September 20-23, 2016,
Los Angeles, California

Welcome to IVA 2016, hosted by the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.  We are looking forward to providing an intellectually stimulating and engaging conference where members of the intelligent virtual agents community can come together for exploration, enrichment — and a bit of fun.

About the IVA Conferences
IVA 2016 is the 16th congregation of an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. IVAs are intelligent digital interactive characters that can communicate with humans and other agents using natural human modalities like facial expressions, speech, gestures and movement.    They are capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments.  In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications.

Who Should Attend?
Students, academics and industry professionals with an interest in learning about and presenting the most cutting-edge research being conducted today in the multi-disciplinary field of intelligent virtual agents should consider coming.   Advances in IVA research are enabling increasingly autonomous agents that are now being utilized across a growing number of fields, including counseling, entertainment, medicine, the military, psychology and teaching. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to intelligent virtual agents.

What Can I Expect This Year?
IVA 2016’s special topic is “Entertaining Virtual Agents” and alongside more general topics of interest, we invite submissions addressing this theme.  More details will be provided in the coming weeks and months, but IVA 2016 plans on hosting workshops and tutorials, a doctoral consortium, demo and poster sessions, a video gala event as well as a lively banquet.   Please check back often!

IVA 2016 is now seeking sponsorships from industry and institutional partners looking to strengthen collaborative opportunities with this vital and growing community.  Please check our Sponsors Page for more detail.