Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) are autonomous, graphically embodied
agents in an interactive, 2D or 3D virtual environment. They are able
to interact intelligently with the environment, other IVAs, and especially
with human users. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for researchers
and practitioners in computer graphics, animation, computer games, virtual
environments, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive
modeling, human-computer interaction and A-life.
Since the first IVA back in 1999 firm lines of research have been established
but there is much that the graphics and AI communities have to learn from
each other. Moreover, the domain of Intelligent Virtual Agents has become
much more diverse and now encompasses a wide range of disciplines including
in particular cognitive and social psychology (emotion modeling, non-verbal
communication), sociology (modeling human / IVA societies), HCI (intelligent
user interfaces, gesture/body tracking interfaces), design and arts (e.g.,
interactive installations with IVAs), and numerous application domains. While
initial research often focused on the use of IVAs in virtual environments, they
are now increasingly used in web-based interfaces, personal computing devices
and interactive television. IVAs can provide appealing characters for games
and entertainment. They can also be used in novel user interfaces or even as
tools of psychological research. The rapid advances in the field have enabled
it to be applied in both in research and industrial contexts.
IVA'06 will be a multidisciplinary forum for researchers and practitioners from
academia and industry with an interest in the design, implementation, and
evaluation of IVAs and IVA applications. We aim for a lively program of timely,
high-quality presentations and demonstrations to discuss the state of the art
and future of Intelligent Virtual Agents.
IVA’06 will also host GALA – the Gathering of Life-like Agents – see http://hmi.ewi.utwente.nl/gala/ for details or the IVA GALA page on this site.
Papers will be published in the Springer-Verlag LNAI (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence) series.
Scope of conference
Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
Intelligent Virtual Agents Conference 2006