Workshop on Socially Interactive Human-like Virtual Agents Call for Papers

Workshop on Socially Interactive Human-like Virtual Agents

SIVA'23 workshop: January, 4 or 5 2023, Waikoloa, Hawaii,
FG 2023 conference: January 4-8 2023, Waikoloa, Hawaii,


Due to the rapid growth of virtual, augmented, and hybrid reality
together with spectacular advances in artificial intelligence, the
ultra-realistic generation and animation of digital humans with
human-like behaviors is becoming a massive topic of interest. This
complex endeavor requires modeling several elements of human behavior
including the natural coordination of multimodal behaviors including
text, speech, face, and body, plus the contextualization of behavior
in response to interlocutors of different cultures and
motivations. Thus, challenges in this topic are two folds—the
generation and animation of coherent multimodal behaviors, and
modeling the expressivity and contextualization of the virtual agent
with respect to human behavior, plus understanding and modeling
virtual agent behavior adaptation to increase human’s
engagement. The aim of this workshop is to connect traditionally
distinct communities (e.g., speech, vision, cognitive neurosciences,
social psychology) to elaborate and discuss the future of human
interaction with human-like virtual agents. We expect contributions
from the fields of signal processing, speech and vision, machine
learning and artificial intelligence, perceptual studies, and
cognitive and neuroscience. Topics will range from multimodal
generative modeling of virtual agent behaviors, and speech-to-face and
posture 2D and 3D animation, to original research topics including
style, expressivity, and context-aware animation of virtual
agents. Moreover, the availability of controllable real-time virtual
agent models can be used as state-of-the-art experimental stimuli and
confederates to design novel, groundbreaking experiments to advance
understanding of social cognition in humans. Finally, these virtual
humans can be used to create virtual environments for medical purposes
including rehabilitation and training.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

+ Analysis of Multimodal Human-like Behavior
- Analyzing and understanding of human multimodal behavior (speech, gesture, face)
- Creating datasets for the study and modeling of human multimodal behavior
- Coordination and synchronization of human multimodal behavior
- Analysis of style and expressivity in human multimodal behavior
- Cultural variability of social multimodal behavior

+ Modeling and Generation of Multimodal Human-like Behavior
- Multimodal generation of human-like behavior (speech, gesture, face)
- Face and gesture generation driven by text and speech
- Context-aware generation of multimodal human-like behavior
- Modeling of style and expressivity for the generation of multimodal behavior
- Modeling paralinguistic cues for multimodal behavior generation
- Few-shots or zero-shot transfer of style and expressivity
- Slightly-supervised adaptation of multimodal behavior to context

+ Psychology and Cognition of of Multimodal Human-like Behavior

- Cognition of deep fakes and ultra-realistic digital manipulation of
human-like behavior

- Social agents/robots as tools for capturing, measuring and
understanding multimodal behavior (speech, gesture, face)

- Neuroscience and social cognition of real humans using virtual
agents and physical robots


Submission Deadline September, 12 2022 
Notification of Acceptance: October, 15 2022 
Camera-ready deadline: October, 31 2022
Workshop: January, 4 or 5 2023


The SIVA workshop is organized as a satellite workshop of the IEEE
International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition
2023. The workshop will be collocated with the FG 2023 and WACV 2023
conferences at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, Hawaii, USA.


Submissions must be original and not published or submitted elsewhere.
Short papers of 3 pages excluding references encourage submissions of
early research in original emerging fields. Long paper of 6 to 8 pages
excluding references promote the presentation of strongly original
contributions, positional or survey papers. The manuscript should be
formatted according to the Word or Latex template provided on the
workshop website.  All submissions will be reviewed by 3
reviewers. The reviewing process will be single-blinded. Authors will
be asked to disclose possible conflict of interests, such as
cooperation in the previous two years. Moreover, care will be taken to
avoid reviewers from the same institution as the authors.  Authors
should submit their articles in a single pdf file in the submission
website - no later than September, 12 2022. Notification of acceptance
will be sent by October, 15 2022, and the camera-ready version of the
papers revised according to the reviewers comments should be submitted
by October, 31 2022. Accepted papers will be published in the
proceedings of the FG'2023 conference. More information can be found
on the SIVA website.


The format of this workshop will be hybrid online and onsite. This
format proposes format of scientific exchanges in order to satisfy
travel restrictions and COVID sanitary precautions, to promote
inclusion in the research community (travel costs are high, online
presentations will encourage research contributions from geographical
regions which would normally be excluded), and to consider ecological
issues (e.g., CO2 footprint). The organizing committee is committed to
paying attention to equality, diversity, and inclusivity in
consideration of invited speakers. This effort starts from the
organizing committee and the invited speakers to the program

* Nicolas Obin, STMS Lab (Ircam, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, ministère de la Culture)
* Ryo Ishii, NTT Human Informatics Laboratories
* Rachael E. Jack, University of Glasgow
* Louis-Philippe Morency, Carnegie Mellon University
* Catherine Pelachaud, CNRS - ISIR, Sorbonne Université