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Kris Thorisson, Hannes Vilhjalmsson, Stacy Marsella

Building intelligent systems that can collaborate and interact socially with people requires integrating numerous technologies in complex ways. For the A.I. researcher such integration can involve anything from connecting multiple computers and programming in multiple languages, to integrating several diverse theoretical models of perception, communication, planning and action. With a rising interest in humanoid agents and robots for the home, the push for creating well-rounded intelligent beings makes the issue of integration increasingly relevant.

Waiting for a single inventor, graduate student, professor, university, or even company, to invent and develop all of the needed tools and technologies for such systems is not a viable option—it will take close collaboration between individuals, teams, organizations, industry and academia. However, collaboration is often hindered by different languages being used for describing similar things and different sets of tools being used for solving related problems, making integration a difficult problem.

We are looking for papers describing work on the theoretical as well as practical issues of integrating broad human-like skills into working systems, be it physical robots or virtual humans, and work that evaluates current and past architectural efforts towards building humanoid systems. Also relevant is work on new frameworks and techniques for bridging between systems, as are practical solutions and tools for making systems integration and the work of the A.I. developer easier in this respect.

Of special interest would be any rapid prototyping tools and tools for exploring and comparing A.I. architectures. Anyone who is building large, working systems, in software or hardware, that integrate multiple diverse components in any combination – planning, natural language, computer vision, hearing, gesture, emotion, common sense and have taken a moment to reflect on the integration problem, should find an audience for their work in this workshop.

There will be two kinds of presentations, long and short. Long presentations are 25 minutes; short presentations are 15 minutes. Both kinds are followed by a 10 minute discussion period. Depending on submissions, select papers may be chosen to have a slightly longer time for presentation. There will be a 1-hour discussion period at the end of the day.

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