Call: 14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2014)


Fourteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2014)

August 27-29, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) are interactive characters that exhibit human-like qualities and communicate with humans or with each other using natural human modalities such as facial expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments.

IVA 2014 is an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing, and evaluating intelligent virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to intelligent virtual agents.

SPECIAL TOPIC: “Virtual Agents in Healthcare”.

In 2014, the IVA conference will have a special theme on the use of Virtual Agents in healthcare. This topic will touch on many aspects of Intelligent Virtual Agent theory and application. We will encourage submissions that deal with IVAs and models of health behavior change counseling; health education; physical rehabilitation and exercise training; group counseling; eldercare and companionate agents; and virtual patients.


  • Rosalind Picard, MIT Media Lab
  • Terrence Masson, Head of Animation and Founding Director of Creative Industries, Northeastern University
  • Joseph Kvedar, MD, Director Partners Center for Connected Health
  • Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, Boston Medical Center

New! WORKSHOPS (held on Aug 26):

  • Architecture and Standards for IVAs
  • Affective Agents
  • IVA Doctoral Consortium

New! BANQUET: Boston Museum of Science Skyline Room


Design, Modeling and Evaluation of IVAs

  • design criteria and design methodologies
  • evaluation methodologies and user studies
  • ethical considerations and social impact
  • applicable lessons from other fields (e.g. robotics)
  • improvisational or dramatic interaction
  • dimensions of intelligence, cognition and behavior
  • models of multimodal perception and action
  • models of emotionally communicative behavior
  • models of conversational behavior
  • models of narrative and storytelling used by agents
  • design of virtual actors
  • theoretical foundations and formal models for virtual agents
  • learned, evolved or emergent behavior in agents

Implementation and Applications of IVAs

  • software engineering issues
  • real-time integrated systems
  • portability and reuse
  • standards / measures to support interoperability
  • specialized tools, toolkits and tool chains
  • specialized modeling and animation technologies
  • applications in games, education, art, etc.
  • delivery platforms: desktop, single vs. multi-user, virtual or augmented or mixed reality, robots
  • future or current experience in various fields, e.g.: Interactive narrative and story-telling, computer games, art and entertainment, education and training, simulation and visualization

Special Topic: IVAs in Healthcare

  • modeling the verbal and nonverbal behavior of health behavior change counselors
  • modeling the verbal and nonverbal behavior of health educators
  • agents in simulated worlds for therapy (e.g., desensitization, distraction)
  • agents that demonstrate exercise or other physical health behaviors
  • agents in mental health counseling and interventions
  • virtual patients
  • agents for training healthcare professionals
  • longitudinal health interventions with virtual agents


Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short papers (6 pages), or poster papers (1-2 pages). We also welcome demonstrations (please submit a 2 page description). Submissions should be anonymous and in Springer LNCS format. See the following page for details:


April 7  —  All submissions due
May 26  —  Author notification
June 9  —  Camera ready
August 27-29  —  Conference



Conference Co-Chairs

  • Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University
  • Stacy Marsella, Northeastern University
  • Candy Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Senior Program Committee

  • Elisabeth Andre, University of Augsburg
  • Ruth Aylett, Harriot Watt University
  • Norman Badler, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan Gratch, University of Southern California
  • Dirk Heylen, University of Twente
  • Michael Kipp, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Stephan Kopp, University of Bielefeld
  • James Lester, North Carolina State University
  • Jean-Claude Martin, Paris South University
  • Yukiko Nakano, Seikei University
  • Michael Neff, University of California, Davis
  • Ana Paiva, Technical University of Lisbon
  • Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech
  • David Traum, Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Hannes Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University
  • Marilyn Walker, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • R. Michael Young, North Carolina State University

Doctoral Consortium Chair

  • Magalie Ochs, CNRS LTCI Télécom ParisTech

Workshop Chair

  • Margot Lhommet, Northeastern University

Poster Chair

  • Dina Utami, Northeastern University

Demonstrations Chair

  • Arno Hartholt, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California


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