Socially Intelligent Agents - The Human in the Loop
AAAI Fall Symposium, 3-5 November 2000, Sea Crest Resort, North Falmouth, MA, USA.
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Discussions at the symposium are summarised here.
- Submission Deadline: 29th March 2000 (past)
- List of Accepted Contributions for the Symposium Proceedings
- Important Information for Contributors to the proceedings that will be published as a AAAI Technical Report: Deadline for the submission of the following material is the
10 August 2000.
- Submission of electronic papers to symposium chair (K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk) by 21st of August 2000. PDF or PostScript files should be set up using letter size (8.5 x 11 inches) as the default page size - not A4, and all fonts must be embedded, recommended are Times, Symbol, and/or Helvetica fonts.
- Information for presenters of posters (which are an integral part of the symposium and will be presented on all three days): The posters will be displayed on 30" x 40" foam core boards. Boards, push-pins, and also easels will be provided. The poster board is 30" across and 40" down. Poster presenters are welcome to position the board either way on the easels.
- Deadline for a Special Issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS) on Starting from Society
- the application of social analogies to computational systems
is 1st of September 2000.
- Deadline for a Special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics,
Part A: Systems and Humans on Socially Intelligent Agents - The Human in the Loop is 15th of December 2000.
- General Information on Socially Intelligent Agents
Call for Participation:
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. Much of this work is
strongly inspired by forms of natural social intelligence characteristic
of humans. This symposium will address recent technological, methodological
and theoretical developments in the field of Socially Intelligent Agents
(SIA's), as well as discuss social and cultural issues, and limitations
and problems of Socially Intelligent Agents. A focus will be the issue of
Both agents and humans can have different roles during agent-human
interaction, e.g. as designers, users, observers, assistants, collaborators,
competitors, customers, or friends. The symposium will concentrate
primarily on socially intelligent agents that are either directly
interacting with humans, showing aspects of human-style intelligence,
supporting interaction among humans and/or modelling explicitly aspects of
human social intelligence.
The symposium will focus on four Key Themes for which considerations of the
'human-in-the-loop' are crucial. Interdisciplinary approaches are
The symposium will comprise keynote talks, panel discussions and individual
paper presentations, addressing one or several of the following Key Themes:
- 1) Connecting to SIA's: architectures and design spaces for SIA's;
innovative user-interfaces, novel environments and new methodologies for
software and robotic agents interacting and collaborating with humans and
facilitating communication and collaboration between humans; hot
approaches (emotional, empathic aspects) and cold approaches
(intention and plan ascription, reasoning etc.); synchronisation in
human-agent dialogue; the role of embodiment in
human-agent interaction; exploiting anthropomorphism; believability and
degrees of agent complexity
- 2) Learning and playing with SIA's: new applications of social agent
technology in rehabilitation and education; SIA's as instructors, guides,
teachers, assistants and friends; SIA's which support human creativity and
imagination; SIA's in living environments (e.g. at school, at home, at
work, on holiday, at meeting points)
- 3) Living with SIA's: social agent technology which influences
attitudes/opinions/behaviour; issues of 'social relationships' between
human and agent e.g. helping, competition and cooperation, autonomy and
control, predictability, deception, manipulation, initiative, delegation,
- 4) Growing up and evolving with SIA's: social agent technology which
empowers humans, addressing the cognitive and emotional needs of humans;
impact of SIA's on human society and culture; agents adapting to and
supporting cultural diversity; ethical considerations
Potential participants are asked to submit a short paper (3 to 5 pages) describing their work in this area. Please send submissions via electronic mail to Kerstin Dautenhahn at K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk. The text can either be submitted in plain Ascii format (preferred), or the submission can be made available on a Webpage and the URL is sent via email.
- Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29th of March 2000
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: 25th of May 2000
- Camera-ready copies of papers: 10th August 2000
- Elisabeth Andre, DFKI GmbH, Germany
- Ruth Aylett, University of Salford,
- Cynthia Breazeal, MIT AI Lab, USA
- Cristiano Castelfranchi, Italian
National Research Council, Italy
- Justine Cassell, MIT Media Lab,
- Kerstin Dautenhahn (Chair), University of Hertfordshire, UK
Michaud, Universite de Sherbrooke, Canada
- Fiorella de Rosis, University of
Kerstin Dautenhahn, 5/10/2000