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28.06.2011     +++ Papers accepted at ASSETS and ACII +++

Two more accepted full papers! Our submission Assessing the Deaf User Perspective on Sign Language Avatars has been accepted to ACM ASSETS (acceptance 30%), and the submission Using Individual Light Rigs to Control the Perception of Virtual Characters' Personality has been accepted to ACII (acceptance 34.6%).


10.06.2011     +++ Paper accepted at IVA 2011 +++

Our submission Sign Language Avatars: Animation and Comprehensibility has been accepted as full paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (Reykjavik, Icelend). Acceptance rate: 19.6%.


07.06.2011     +++ Multimodal Corpora Workshop at ICMI 2011 +++

The international workshop series on multimodal corpora, usually held in conjunction with the LREC conference, will be a sattelite event on the 13th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2011) this year. Please visit our workshop website for the call and important dates.


18.04.2011     +++ Second Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology at ASSETS 2011 +++

We co-organize the next Workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology which will be a sattelite event on the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2011) this year. Watch the website for news.


18.04.2011     +++ Project seminar on speech and gaze started +++

Last week we started our project seminar on Speech and Gaze in Virtual Agents for this semester.


31.03.2011     +++ Machbarkeitsstudie Gebärdenavatare abgeschlossen +++

Zur abgeschlossenen Machbarkeitsstudie Gebärdenavatare (im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales) steht ab sofort ein allgemeinverständliches Video auf Deutsch zur Verfügung.


01.12.2010     +++ Sign Language Workshop in January 2011 in Berlin +++

In collaboration with Thomas Hanke (Univ. Hamburg) we are organizing a workshop on Sign Language Translation and Avatar Technology on the premises of the Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales in Berlin on 10/11 January 2011. See the workshop homepage.


22.11.2010     +++ ANVIL: invited talk and release 5 beta 16 +++

ANVIL was presented in an invited talk at the CNRS Workshop on "Tools and Research based on Language Acquisition Corpora" (18/19 Nov 2010, Paris). Have a look at the presentation slides. Also note that ANVIL 5 beta 16 has been released, featuring a new search facility and track-wise comparisons (see forum entry).


29.10.2010     +++ EMBOTS group moved to computer science building E 1.1 +++

Our group has moved from DFKI to rooms at Lehrstuhl Wahlster, computer science building E1.1, first floor. We have freshly refurbished offices and a bigger student lab.


28.10.2010     +++ Bachelor/Master at EMBOTS +++

Today we have the 5th defense of a bachelor/master project finished this year. Have a look at our bachelor/master page to get an impression of the sometimes remarkable work.


11.10.2010     +++ Multitouch research at ACM ITS +++

Our long paper Multitouch Puppetry: Creating coordinated 3D motion for an articulated arm has been accepted to this year's ACM ITS (Tabletop) conference which will take place in Saarbrücken.


31.08.2010     +++ TALK: Thomas Hanke on sign language and avatar technology +++

On 2 Sep, 2:15 pm, Thomas Hanke from the Hamburg Institute for Sign Language Research will give a talk on "Language Resources and Avatar Technology for German Sign Language". The talk will take place in the new Excellence Cluster building E 1 7, room 001.


01.08.2010     +++ Sign language project +++

Our group is currently conducting a feasibility study on the topic of sign langauge avatars that can automatically translate government web pages. The study was commissioned by the German ministry for labour and social issues (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales - BMAS). See BMAS' website with a sign language avatar.


11.01.2010     +++ EMBR Character animation engine online +++

We are happy to announce the availability of our EMBR character animation engine that allows researchers to control an avatar using the mid-level EMBRScript language. Visit the EMBR Homepage.


23.09.2009     +++ ACII Paper nominated for Best Paper +++

The paper Gesture and Emotion: Can basic gestural form features discriminate emotions? by Kipp/Martin was shortlisted for Best Paper (1 out of 3) at this year's IEEE International Conference for Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII).


23.09.2009     +++ GALA Award for Quan Nguyen +++

This year's GALA Award (Gathering of Lifelike Agents), awarded at the 9th International Conf. for Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA), goes to EMBOTS member Quan Nguyen for his Master project "Gantool".


01.07.2009     +++ 3sat nanoCamp at EMBOTS +++

Our team hosted the nanoCamp students for a whole day of 3D modelling, application engineering and evaluation on 24 July 2009. The session was broadcast on 3sat on 25 July. Thanks to Alexis Heloir, Jan Miksatko, Quan Nguyen, Ivan Gregor, Patrick Gebhard and "special guest" Angela Mahr for all the preparatory work! Special thanks to our industry partner Charamel for providing several avatars involved in this. You can watch it online:

Reportage "Die Mimik macht den Menschen"
nanoCamp im EMBOTS-Lab "Künstliche Intelligenz ist schwer"
Main page of the nanoCamp avatar day "nano-Camper erschaffen Avatare"
3sat nanoCamp homepage

25.11.2008     +++ New talk series FEAST +++

FEAST is a new series of in-house lunch time talks devoted to all aspects of automatic language and speech processing. The series is open to everybody at the university and affiliated institutions such as DFKI and MPI. It is intended as a forum where researchers can informally present their work and get feedback from colleagues outside their immediate circle of collaborators. Free lunch included :)


06.11.2008     +++ Cluster of Excellence Kickoff Event +++

The Cluster of Excellence Multimodal Computing and Interaction, located at Saarland University, will officially be opened with a 3-days kickoff event, 12-14 Nov 2008, at MPI Informatik, Saarbrücken. The EMBOTS group will give a talk and present posters and demos.


27.08.2008     +++ Next year's IVA and ACII conferences both to be held in Amsterdam +++

The 9th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) and the IEEE International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) will both be held in Amsterdam in 2009.
Conference dates: 10-12 Sep (ACII) and 14-16 Sep (IVA) 2009.
IVA-09 call for papers   ACII-09 CFP


20.05.2008     +++ Three accepted EMBOTS papers at IVA +++

All three papers coming out of our group have been accepted at this year's International Conference for Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) which will take place in Tokyo this year. See our publications page for details.


14.05.2008     +++ ALMA Emotion modeling software online +++

ALMA (A Layered Model of Affect) is a computational model for the real-time simulation of three basic affect types that human beings can experience, developed by Patrick Gebhard for his PhD. ALMA Homepage


28.04.2008     +++ Bild der Wissenschaft +++

The May edition of the German science magazine Bild der Wissenschaft features a 3-page article about our work on gesture synthesis.


27.03.2008     +++ Character Animation Seminar +++

We will give a seminar on character animation this semester at Saarland University. Register by e-mail as soon as possible! more...


03.03.2008     +++ AI Poker at CeBIT 08 +++

EMBOTS will present AI Poker at the CeBIT computer convention (4-9 March 2008), Halle 9, B35. See press release from swiss-press.com. AI Poker is the outcome of the IDEAS4Games project. Download flyer as PDF (German).


14.02.2008     +++ TALK: Alexis Heloir +++

Alexis Heloir from VALORIA, France, will give a TALK about his PhD work on embodied agents on 14 Feb 2008, 14.15 h, in TURING. TALK Abstract


11.02.2008     +++ GALA 2008 competition +++

The GALA competition will take place at IVA-08 in Tokyo, 1-3 September. Deadline for submissions is 1 June 2008.
Downloads: GALA-08 CFP  GALA-08 Poster


11.02.2008     +++ CAFFEi 2008 Workshop +++

Workshop on Computational aspects of affectual and emotional interaction 21-22 July 2008, Patras, Greece. The workshop is organized as part of the 18th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2008). Deadline: 10 April 2008.
Downloads: CFP


07.02.2008     +++ LREC Workshop, Deadline extended +++

2nd Call for Papers for our workshop on "Multimodal corpora: From Models of Natural Interaction to Systems and Applications". Extended submission deadline: 19 Feb 2008


28.01.2008     +++ EMBOTS in the news +++

The German "Computerzeitung" published an article about our gesture work.
Full online article: Avatare gestikulieren wie die Medienprofis (24 Jan 2008)
Short teaser: PDF


20.01.2008     +++ LREC 2008 Workshop on Multimodal corpora +++

Submit to our workshop on "Multimodal corpora: From Models of Natural Interaction to Systems and Applications" at LREC-08 in Marakesh, Marocco. Submission deadline (extended!): 19 Feb 2008. The workshop will take place on 27 May 2008. Download the first Call for Papers: PDF  plain text