AISB 2007 workshop Mindful Environments

Abbreviation: ME

Start date: April 4,  2007

End date: April 4,  2007

Location: Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


AISB 2007 Symposium Mindful Environments
Dirk Heylen & Stacy Marsella
April 4th, 20071
1 (Mindful Environments is a one day workshop)

This year the theme of AISB workshops is on Artificial and Ambient Intelligence. One of the key paradigms for interaction envisaged for Ambient Environments does not just involve disappearing computers, but also a disappearing interface. "Natural interaction", or an intelligent system that can determine at any time what the inhabitants of the environment need and long for, constitutes the holy grail of ambient interaction. In this sense, the environment should be able to make conjectures of the mental state of users as accurately as possible - similar to the way we can read the minds of others. Most computational research to date on detecting the mental state of people have failed to consider the full range of mental states that people display in natural interactions and the full range of displays of the various mental states. They have not been able to capture how humans communicate their intentions, the intricacies of mental life and have often ignored ecological validity. This workshop would like to address the question how to go beyond the rather simplistic notions regarding natural interaction in mindful environments. In order to be able to build such systems, we need to integrate the knowledge we have about how people show what's on their mind and how people go about building theories of what goes on in the minds of others. One of the aims of this workshop is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers to discuss the state of the art of the research on the study of theory of mind (in particular in human communicaiton) and on computational modeling and system building that is directed towards the ability to recognize and represent the intentions and other aspects of the mental state of a person interacting with others and with computational systems in an (ambient) environment. Another aim of this workshop is to discuss how the computational models could inform empirical and theoretical research in human social processes, through formalization and simulation, for instance.

Some of the kinds of studies of interest are the following:
  • Studies of behaviors and the models of behavior that people display in interacting with each other and the environment. How can we really tell what goes on into another person's mind? What cues do people use and how can we rely on them? How can the features be detected? What is needed to interpret them?
  • Studies into cognitive modeling: alternative theories have been proposed for how people come to understand beliefs, desires and intentions of others, a theory of mind. How can we model these theories? How do current computational models of theory of mind compare to these theories and how do we evaluate them? How can computational models and simulations inform knowledge about human processing and vice versa?
  • Studies in system development for the intelligent environment such as robots and virtual humans. What should a cognitive model of an intelligent interactive environment look like? What should a representation of the mind look like? Which categories need to be represented (intentions, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, action tendencies)?

To help answer questions like these related to behaviors and modules, on modeling and simulation-based studies of communication and cognition, and on system building, we have received contributions of a variety of disciplines. From researchers studying natural systems, such as humans, that are equipped with mind-reading skills to system engineers involved in building computational systems; from linguistic, psychology, sociology, computational modeling (simulation, (multi-)agent systems), signal processing, et cetera.

Final papers due: March 2, 2007
Accepted papers:
Robert Gordon (invited)The mutual perception of objects as subjects
Melanie Baljko, Nell Tenhaaf Attribution of Communicative Capacity Among Agents in a Heterogeneous Population
Elisabetta Bevacqua, Dirk Heylen, Catherine Pelachaud Facial Feedback Signals for ECAs
Tibor Bosse, Zulfiqar A. Memon, Jan Treur A Two-level BDI-Agent Model for Theory of Mind and its Use in Social Manipulation
Fiorella de Rosis and Nicole Novielli From Language to Thought: Inferring Opinions and Beliefs from Verbal Behavior
Jesse Gray, Matt Berlin and Cynthia Breazeal Intention Recognition with Divergent Beliefs for Collaborative Robots
Pim Haselager, Koen V. Hindriks, Catholijn M. Jonker, Pascal Wiggers Computing Apparent Mental Causation: A computational Model of the Self-Attribution of Agency
Christopher Peters Modelling attentionally- and emotionally-sensitive social agents
Michele Piunti, Rino Falcone Anticipatory coordination through action observation and behavior adaptation
David V. Pynadath and Stacy C. Marsella Minimal Mental Models
Full papers (pdf) should be sent to both and . The lay-out should comply with the general AISB format.

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