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Modeling Communication with Robots and Virtual Humans

Second ZiF Research Group International Workshop on Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines, Bielefeld, Germany, April 5-8, 2006, Revised Selected Papers

  • Editors
  • Ipke Wachsmuth
  • Günther Knoblich
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4930)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 4930)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Matthias Rehm, Elisabeth André
    Pages 1-17
  3. Stefan Kopp, Jens Allwood, Karl Grammer, Elisabeth Ahlsen, Thorsten Stocksmeier
    Pages 18-37
  4. Martin Loetzsch, Remi van Trijp, Luc Steels
    Pages 125-142
  5. Kristinn R. Thórisson
    Pages 143-168
  6. Isabella Poggi, Radoslaw Niewiadomski, Catherine Pelachaud
    Pages 198-221
  7. Dirk Heylen
    Pages 241-259
  8. Yulia Sandamirskaya, Gregor Schöner
    Pages 260-278
  9. Back Matter

About these proceedings


Two main types of embodied agents are playing an increasingly important role in cognitive interaction technology: virtual humans inhabiting simulated environments and humanoid robots inhabiting the real world. The need to develop an integrated perspective of embodiment in communication, establishing bridges between lower-level, sensorimotor functions and a range of higher-level, communicative functions involving language and bodily action has led to the exploration of how artificial agents can advance our understanding of key aspects of embodiment, cognition, and communication.

The 17 articles in this state-of-the-art survey address artificial intelligence research on communicative agents and also provide an interdisciplinary perspective from linguistics, behavioral research, theoretical biology, philosophy, communication psychology, and computational neuroscience. The topics include studies on human multimodal communication; the modeling of feedback signals, facial expression, eye contact, and deception; the recognition and comprehension of hand gestures and head movements; communication interfaces for humanoid robots; the evolution of cognition and language; emotion and social appraisal in nonverbal communication; dialogue models and methodologies; theory of mind and intentionality; complex systems, dynamic field theory, and connectionist modeling.


Embodied Cognition agents artificial intelligence cognition communication complex system emotion evolution intelligence linguistics modeling robot

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