Call for Papers

IVA 2019 is the 19th meeting of an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. IVAs are interactive digital characters that exhibit human-like qualities and can communicate with humans and each other using natural human modalities like facial expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments. In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications.


List of Topics

Design, Modelling 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 behaviour
  • models of multimodal perception and action
  • models of emotionally communicative behaviour
  • models of conversational behaviour
  • design of virtual actors
  • Other (non cognition-inspired) conceptual frameworks and models for IVAs

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 modelling 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

IVA 2019’s special topic is ‘Social Learning with Interactive Agents’.




The IVA 2019 organizing committee solicits proposals for full-day and half-day workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference.

The purpose of a workshop is to provide an opportunity for participants from academia, industry, government and other related parties to present and discuss novel ideas on current and emerging topics relevant to intelligent virtual agents, their applications and emergent technologies.

Workshops are scheduled for July the 1st, 2nd (morning) and 5th (afternoon) 2019.

Each workshop should be organized under a well-defined theme focusing on emerging research areas, challenging problems and industrial/governmental applications. Organizers have free control on the format, style as well as the building blocks of the workshop. Possible contents of a workshop include but are not limited to invited talks, regular papers/posters, panels, and other pragmatic alternatives. In case workshop proposers need extra time to prepare their workshop, early decisions may be considered if justified.

We would like to encourage organizers to avoid a mini-conference format by (i) encouraging the submission of position papers and extended abstracts, (ii) allowing plenty of time for discussions and debates, and (iii) organizing workshop panels.

Organizers of accepted workshops are expected to announce the workshop and disseminate their call for papers, maintain the workshop website, gather submissions, conduct the reviewing process and decide upon the final workshop program. They are also required to prepare an informal set of workshop proceedings to be distributed with the registration materials at the main conference, with a proceedings format template provided by IVA 2019. Workshop organizers may choose to form organizing or program committees aiming to accomplish these tasks successfully.

Workshop proposals should be sent to the IVA 2019 Workshops chairs and should contain the following information:

  • The NAMES, AFFILIATIONS, and SHORT BIOS of all the organizers
  • The MAIN CONTACT organizer’s e-mail and telephone number
  • The TITLE of the workshop
  • A maximum of three paragraphs that describe the TOPIC of the workshop, its target AUDIENCE, and its RELEVANCE to IVA
  • One paragraph MOTIVATING the workshop (why we should organize it NOW in conjunction with IVA 2019)
  • Tentative names of invited speakers, reviewers, and panelists (if a panel will be organized)
  • The desired LENGTH of the workshop: full-day (~8 hours) or half-day (~4 hours)
  • Tentative PROGRAM SKETCH
  • For workshops previously held at IVA or other conferences, details on venue, attendance and number of submissions/accepted papers from past editions
  • For new workshops, a list of possible attendees/submissions and/or a justification of the expected attendees/submissions
  • Tentative descriptions of all other workshop components (panels, discussion sessions, poster sessions, invited talks,etc.)

Submission Deadline: Workshop proposals must be submitted by January 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM CET.


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