Thematic series on Embodied Conversational Agents

Computational Cognitive Science welcomes submissions to the new thematic series on Embodied Conversational Agents.

Embodied conversational agents (ECAs) engage the user in real-time, multimodal dialogue using speech, gesture, gaze, intonation, and other verbal and nonverbal behaviours that are common to human-human interaction. ECAs hence pose a variety of technological challenges extending from perception to reasoning to synthesis, but also offer unique insights into human behaviour and how to replicate it. This thematic series aims to bring together the latest research advances that demonstrate state-of-the-art theory and practice in this field.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Multimodal behaviour synthesis
  • Natural language understanding and generation
  • Social capabilities in speech and perception
  • Dialogue management
  • Affective computing and relational agents
  • Cognitive models of human-human interaction
  • Practical applications of ECAs
  • Evaluation and experimental methods

Publication Timetable:

The thematic series is open for submissions at any time. However, submissions by 31 May 2015 are expected to be reviewed and final copy uploaded by 31 August 2015 for publication in the initial thematic issue shortly thereafter. Nonetheless, commentary and papers on this theme can be submitted at any time, and articles will be linked in to the thematic series as they are published.

Submission instructions:

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Instructions for Authors for Computational Cognitive Science. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Computational Cognitive Science submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on Embodied Conversational Agents. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Lead guest editor:

Dr. Martin H. Luerssen, & Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Guest editor:

Dr. Trent W. Lewis, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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