IVA 2016 is pleased to announce the following workshops to be held Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

WOCHAT – Workshop on Chatbots and Conversational Agents

The main objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on problems related to chat-oriented dialogue for promoting discussion and knowledge sharing about the state-of-the-art and novel techniques in this field, as well as to coordinate a collaborative effort to collect/generate data and resources for future research and commercial applications in this area.

PAVA – Physiologically Aware Virtual Agents Workshop

When we listen to other people, we perceive their physiological state through their facial expressions, vocal tone, posture, etc. We also know from neuroscience studies that we mirror other people’s physiological and emotional systems at the level of brain circuits for imitation, empathy and arousal. In turn, we base our behavior around what we perceive of their emotional state.

In this workshop we will explore how virtual agents can use human physiological signals such as heart rate, skin conductance and brain activity to enhance their value as social partners—and what we gain by changing the virtual agent’s behavior in real time based on input from human emotion and physiology.  The workshop will bring together neuroscientists, computer scientists and creative designers to discuss the creation of physiologically aware virtual agents. We will further explore the implications for bridging the gap between human feelings and artificial intelligence, how to do so effectively, and what we stand to gain from such an approach.

GREATS16 – Graphical and Robotic Embodied Agents for Therapeutic Systems Workshop

Social robots and intelligent graphical agents have both been applied to a growing number of health applications. While looking at health applications in general, this workshop seeks to focus on those aimed at diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, i.e therapeutic applications, and training for doctors in these fields. Topics include the application of specific psychotherapies, work on treating disorders such as autism or ADHD, and support for people with depression, dementia and other long-term conditions.