This is the list of the workshops accepted for ICMI 2012:
  • Speech and Gesture Production in Virtually and Physically embodied Conversational Agents
  • Multimodal Learning Analytics
  • 4th Workshop on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction
  • International Workshop on Social Behaviour in Music
  • 1st Workshop on Smart Material Interfaces

Speech and Gesture Production in Virtually and Physically Embodied Conversational Agents

This full day workshop aims to bring together researchers from the embodied conversational agent (ECA) and sociable robotics communities to spark discussion and collaboration between the related fields. The focus of the workshop will be on co-verbal behavior production — specifically, synchronized speech and gesture — for both virtually and physically embodied platforms. It will elucidate the subject in consideration of aspects regarding planning and realization of multimodal behavior production. Topics discussed will highlight common and distinguishing factors of their implementations within each respective field. The workshop will feature a panel discussion with experts from the relevant communities, and a breakout session encouraging participants to identify design and implementation principles common to both virtually and physically embodied sociable agents.

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Multimodal Learning Analytics

The Multimodal Learning Analytics workshop will explore opportunities to contribute new empirical findings, theories, methods, and metrics for understanding how students learn through the use of multimodal data. The workshop will also highlight how learning analytics can contribute to improving pedagogical support for students' learning through assessment of new digital tools, teaching strategies, and curricula, while supporting the goal to transform our ability to identify and stimulate effective learning, enable more rapid feedback, and facilitate learning in more diverse students and contexts.

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4th Workshop on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction

In the previous workshops, we have discussed a wide range of issues for eye gaze; technologies for sensing human attentional behaviors, roles of attentional behaviors as social gaze in human-human and human-humanoid interaction, attentional behaviors in problem-solving and task-performing, gaze-based intelligent user interfaces, and evaluation of gaze-based UI. In addition to these topics, this year's workshop focuses on eye gaze in multimodal interpretation and generation. Since eye gaze is one of the facial communication modalities, gaze information can be combined with other modalities or bodily motions to contribute to the meaning of utterance and serve as communication signals.

This workshop aims to continue exploring this growing area of research by bringing together researchers including human sensing, multimodal processing, humanoid interfaces, intelligent user interface, and communication science. We will exchange ideas to develop and improve methodologies for this research area with the long term goal of establishing a strong interdisciplinary research community in “attention aware interactive systems”.

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Yukiko Nakano
Seikei University, Japan

Kristiina Jokinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

Hung-Hsuan Huang
Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Important dates:

  • Paper Submission: July 28th, 2012
  • Notification of Acceptance: August 24th, 2012
  • Camera-ready due: Sept 11th, 2012
  • Workshop: Oct 26th, 2012

3rd International Workshop on Social Behaviour in Music (SBM2012)

Music making and listening are a clear example of human activities that are above all interactive and social. On the one hand, however, nowadays mediated music making and listening is usually still a passive, non-interactive, non-context sensitive, and non-social experience. The current electronic technologies have not yet been able to support and promote these essential aspects. On the other hand, new mediated forms of sharing music experience in a social context with local or remote users or as a part of a community are emerging. At the same time, an increasing need is observed for paradigms for embodied and active experience of music where non-verbal communication channels, and in particular movement and gesture, play a central role. This workshop focuses on computational models and techniques for analysis and processing of social behaviour in small and large ensemble musical performance and audience experience. These are taken as an ideal test-bed for the development of models and techniques for measuring creative social interaction and related emotions in an ecologically valid framework. In particular, the focus is on exploring interpersonal interaction in (i) musician-musician, (ii) conductor-musicians, and (iii) musician-listener scenarios.

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1st Workshop on Smart Material Interfaces: “A Material Step to the Future”.

Imagine a world where objects physically react to emotions, presence or user's actions and the environment shapes accordingly to our needs. Nowadays we are seeing the beginning of such an interactive sphere (organic interfaces, reality-based interactions, etc.), interfacing humans with smart environments.

With this workshop we want to draw attention to the emerging field of smart material interfaces. This field takes advantage of the latest generation of engineered materials that has a special property defined “smart”.

Smart materials are capable of changing their physical properties, such as shape, size and color, and can be controlled by using certain stimuli (light, potential difference, temperature and so on). The workshop aims at stimulating research and development in interfaces that make use of these smart materials, and it will provide examples of state-of-the-art design of smart material interfaces, using different modalities of interaction.

We invite original contributions in a variety of areas related to interaction design and development of interfaces that makes use of SMART MATERIALS. Main topic of interest is the application of smart materials in designing and building interfaces that communicate information to the user - or allow the user to manipulate information - using different modalities provided by the material's properties.

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Anton Nijholt
University of Twente, Human Media Interaction group, the Netherlands

Leonardo Giusti
MIT - Mobile Experience Lab Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Andrea Minuto
University of Twente, Human Media Interaction group, the Netherlands

Patrizia Marti
University of Siena, Italy

Important dates:

  • Workshop papers submission due: July 4th, 2012
  • Author notifications: August 15th, 2012
  • Workshop camera-ready paper due: Sept 15th, 2012
  • Workshop: Oct 26th, 2012

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