9月14〜17日の間に黄が委員長を務める国際学会ACM IVA 2021を本学で開催する予定です．IVAは擬人化会話エージェントの研究分野においてのトップカンファレンスになります．コロナ禍の関係で現地開催できるのかはまだ不透明ですが，開催できる場合は世界中から150名前後の研究者がここに集まります．
The Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) Annual Conference is the premier international event for interdisciplinary research on the design, application, and evaluation of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) with a specific focus on the ability to socially interact. IVAs are interactive characters that exhibit human-like qualities including communicating using natural human modalities such as facial expressions, speech and gesture.
IVA 2021 will be held at the University of Fukuchiyama in the northern part of the Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Fukuchiyama city is in the mountainous area of the prefecture, located near the Sea of Japan. You can enjoy fresh food and a beautiful traditional Japanese scenery, and get charmed by another face of Kyoto.
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, it is not yet possible to say whether IVA 2021 will be held as an on-site conference, a fully virtual conference, or a hybrid conference. We will monitor the situation closely and make the decision in spring. This will be communicated to the community no later than the 1st of June when the notifications of the accepted papers will be sent to the authors.