Video Gala

Video GALA Voting

2016 Video GALA Submissions

  • Mole Madness: Toward Peer-like Play in a
    Speech-driven Video Game

    Andre Pereira, Najmeh Sadoughi and Jill Fain Lehman
    Disney Research
    Mole Madness

  • Virtual Agents Simulating Everyday Life in
    Ancient Mesopotamia 5000 B.C.

    Anton Bogdanovych and Tomas Trescak
    Marcs Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development
    University of Western Sydney,

  • Designing user interfaces with Multipro
    Herwin van Welbergen, Philipp Kulms, Stefan Kopp

  • Virtual Dreaming: Simulating Everyday Life of the
    Darug People

    Tomas Trescak, Anton Bogdanovych and Simeon Simoff
    MARCS Research Institute,
    Western Sydney University

Submission Deadline:  August 8, 2016  EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 15, 2016
Author Notification:  August 19, 2016
Final Video/Camera Ready Version for Paper:  August 26, 2016

The GALA, “Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents,” is an annual festival to showcase the latest animated lifelike agents created by university students, academic and/or industrial research groups. The goals of the GALA are manifold:

  • To provide a forum to present and evaluate the state-of-the-art in the technology of virtual humans and innovative applications;
  • To disseminate research, by establishing an ever evolving GALA Gallery (a repository at a permanent web location) of virtual humans for study and re-use;
  • To stimulate students to work on virtual humans.

An international jury will select entries for the GALA Gallery. The presentation of the best entries and announcement of the awards will take place at the GALA Final, which is coupled with a prestigious conference each year. This year the GALA Final will take place at the 16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents – IVA 2016, 20-23 September 2016, in Los Angeles, California, United States.


The GALA event is primarily a video showcase of “short” projects involving animated lifelike agents (under one of the topics of the main conference). The main submission is a video, with an optional short paper. It is open to students and industry as well as academic institutions. Researchers are also encouraged to submit demos, which will feature particular applications of Intelligent Virtual Agents, as well as tools for their development. The submission should include a short paper explaining the main contributions of the demo, and a small video illustrating the demo to be conducted at IVA.

Submit a one page PDF with a description of the video and details of the encoding, author names, affiliations, and a download link.  The international jury will invite the selected entries to be demonstrated at the GALA Final in public, as well as a high quality version of the video for the GALA presentation.

PDF papers and links to videos should be sent to GALA chair, Ari Shapiro,
The GALA event will host a Jury Award as well as an Audience Award.

You are welcome to submit a GALA video even if you have already submitted a paper or poster with similar content.

Here are some examples of past GALA submissions: