"Socially Intelligent Agents - The Human in the Loop"

Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics,

Part A: Systems and Humans


Guest Editor: Kerstin Dautenhahn, University of Hertfordshire, UK



Today, more and more application areas require systems that are able to interact with humans. Socially Intelligent Agents are agent systems that are able to connect and interface to humans, i.e. robotic or computational systems that show aspects of human-style social intelligence. In recent years the highly interdisciplinary area of Socially Intelligent Agents has attracted a number of active researchers who model, design and analyse agents (software or robotic) which behave socially. Such work is often strongly inspired by studies of social intelligence in animals, in particular forms of human social intelligence. Designing and engineering such systems with the "human in the loop" (e.g. as designers, users, observers, assistants, collaborators, competitors, customers, instructors or friends) often requires new architectures, design and evaluation methodologies. The special issue will address state-of-the-art of engineering, methodological and design developments, and applications in the field of Socially Intelligent Agents (SIA's).


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Important Dates:

15 December 2000: Deadline for Submission of Manuscripts

28 February 2000: Notification of Authors

15 April 2001: Final copies due


Submission of Manuscripts:

Original, unpublished work is invited.

Please send by 15th of December 2000 five (5) hardcopies of your paper, complete with illustrations, to:

Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn (IEEE SMC)
Adaptive Systems Research Group
Department of Computer Science
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield Herts AL10 9AB
United Kingdom

Electronic submissions are discouraged. If it is not possible to send hardcopies, please contact K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk. Any questions concerning the appropriateness of planned submissions or other queries may be directed to the guest-editor at K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk

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Last Update: 22 September 2000

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