Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Northeastern University last week convened an interdisciplinary group of researchers for the 2014 International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents. The annual conference—which this year focused on healthcare applications—is a leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing, and evaluating intelligent virtual agents with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior.Intelligent virtual agents, or IVAs, are interactive characters that exhibit human-like qualities such as real-time perception, cognition, and action, and they can communicate with humans or with each other using natural human modalities such as facial expressions, speech, and gesture.
This year’s conference, held Aug. 27–29, drew more than 125 experts from 11 countries. IVA 2014 was co-organized by Northeastern faculty members Timothy Bickmore and Stacy Marsella. Marsella develops programs that simulate human emotion across a variety of applications. One of his programs, Cerebella, gives virtual humans the same ability to convey emotion through facial expressions and hand gestures as they communicate with other virtual—or even real—humans.
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