Social learning and multimodal interaction for designing artificial agents

International Conference on Multimodal Interaction ICMI 2016

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Tokyo, JAPAN
November 16. 2016 

August 28, 2016
September 4th 2016 *FINAL EXTENSION*
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To go beyond scripted and artificial interaction, social agents should be able to learn with or from humans. Such complex skills emerge from a complete understanding of the inner mechanisms of social interactions, in particular on the awareness of the user’s actions, behaviours, and mental and emotional states and on the coherent production of multimodal, verbal and non-verbal communication skills in a human-like manner.

In recent years, advances on this field contributed to the development of several kinds of agents able to face a broad range of social situations: human aware robot partners in industries, companion agents for children or for elderly people, social robots in public or in personal spaces, virtual avatars as educational tools at school and so on. Such experiences shown how this domain cannot be solely approached from a pure engineering perspective: human sciences, social sciences, developmental sciences, play a primary role on the development and the enhancement of social interaction skills for artificial agents.

The results achieved by researchers are particularly important to allow naïve people to interact in their everyday life with naturally communicative agents. This is impacting markets opening new social and economic opportunities for industries.

The scope of this workshop is to present rigorous scientific and philosophical advances on social learning and multimodal interaction for social agents, welcoming contributes on both theoretical aspects as well as on practical application, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers on the domain as well as with industrial partners.



Catherine Pelachaud - CNRS-LTCI, Telecom-ParisTech, Fr


Louis-Philippe Morency - Carnegie Mellon University, USA



  • Mohamed Chetouani - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Salvatore M. Anzalone - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Giovanna Varni - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Isabelle Hupont Torres - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • Ginevra Castellano - Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Angelica Lim - SoftBank Robotics Europe, Paris, France
  • Gentiane Venture - Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan

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