Call: Intelligent Virtual Agents conference 2015 (IVA 2015)

Intelligent Virtual Agents conference 2015 (IVA2015)
26 – 28 August
Delft, The Netherlands


Papers, Poster and Demo Submissions:
Submissions deadline: 15 March 2015
Author notification: 16 May 2015
Camera ready version: 31 May 2015

IVA 2015:
Doctoral consortium: Monday morning 24 Aug 2015
Tutorials: Monday afternoon 24 Aug 2015
Workshops: Tuesday 25 Aug 2015
Main conference: Wednesday 26 Aug – Friday 28 Aug 2015


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 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.


This year’s special topic is Social Training. Increasingly more research aims at utilizing potential benefits of using intelligent virtual agents in automated training systems in domains with a strong emphasis on the social dimension of human-human interaction. Examples of such training domains are: negotiation, job interviewing, interrogation, aggression or conflict management, patient or customer conversation, but also social environments used for treatment of people with social anxiety or autism. We are therefore very proud to confirm Gerben van Kleef and Page Anderson as this year keynote speakers. Van Kleef will talk about emotions as social information and the implications for virtual interactions, while Anderson will talk about virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder.

The conference will encourage contributions (workshops, paper, demo’s, and posters) that address this special topic.


Design, Modeling and Evaluation

  • design criteria and design methodologies
  • evaluation methodologies and user studies
  • ethical considerations and societal 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
  • theoretical foundations and formal models
  • learned, evolved or emergent behavior

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


Paper, Demo’s and Poster Submissions

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers (12 pages), short papers (8 pages), or poster papers (4 pages). We also welcome demonstrations (please submit a 4 page description). Submissions should be anonymous and in Springer LNCS format. Detailed author instructions will become available on the conference website ( All submissions should be made through the conference review system (see

For information about the Doctoral consortium please see the conference website (


Conference Chair

Willem-Paul Brinkman, Delft University of Technology
Joost Broekens, Delft University of Technology
Dirk Heylen, Univeristy of Twente

Doctoral Consortium Chair

Khiet Truong, University of Twente
Hannes Vilhjalmson, Reykjavik University

Workshop Chairs

Tomoko Koda, Osaka Institute of Technology
Ronald Poppe, Utrecht University

Poster and Demonstration Chairs

Maaike Harbers, Delft University of Technology
Marieke Peeters, Delft University of Technology

Tutorial chairs

Dennis Reidsma, University of Twente
Marieke Peeters, Delft University of Technology

Senior Program Committee

Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg
Ruth Aylett, Harriot Watt University
Norman Badler, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Gratch, USC/ICT
Stephan Kopp, University of Bielefeld
James Lester, North Carolina State University
Michael Neff, University of California, Davis
Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS, TELECOM ParisTech
Hannes Vilhjálmsson, Reykjavík University
R. Michael Young, North Carolina State University
Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University
Stacy Marsella, Northeastern University
Candy Sidner, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
David Traum, USC/ICT

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