April 12, 2005
April 15, 2005
Location: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England
Theme/Topic: Intelligent Agents, Computational Intelligence
Social agents interacting with one another can only function properly
if theirchoice of action is guided by an understanding of the mental
state of the agents they interact with and of the effect their actions
have on that mental state. Further, for all their actions, not just
the conversational ones, they should take into account how they
believe the other will react. Appropriately designed agents that have
to coordinate their actions or negotiate with one another should
therefore be equipped with some kind of model of what the other
believes and feels as well as knowledge of the potential of actions to
change such mental states, in other words: a theory of mind (ToM).
This holds in particular for (embodied) conversational agents.
The symposium "Mind-Minding Agents" is concerned with models of the
social interaction of agents that build on the idea of a theory of
mind. Agent-based modeling of human social behavior is an increasingly
important research area but theory of mind has too often been ignored
in computational models of social interaction.
Contributions from all relevant disciplines were received:
psychology, social theory, linguistics, multi-agent systems, etetera.
Contributions could be about fundamental theories, computational
models, experiments and applications. The following are some typical
questions that will be addressed.
University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, England.
- What is a theory of mind or, more specifically, what should models
of ToM look like for agent-based models social interaction and
- How do we build agents with a theory of mind? What computational
techniques are available? How can they be used?
- What can we use these models for? Which applications would benefit
from richer models? In particular we think of embodied conversation
agents and multi-agent systems used for simulation of artificial
societies. What do these applications need?
- What about the theory of mind in relation to communication. What
effect does this framework have on how we define and implement
conversational systems? How do we define communicative acts within
this more general framework of social, interpersonal action?
Dirk Heylen and Stacy Marsella.
The Mind Minding Agent symposium is part of AISB 2005 organized by the
Adaptive Systems Research Group in the School of Computer Science.
|Elisabeth André||Universität Augsburg|
|Timothy Bickmore|| Boston University School of
|Cristiano Castelfranchi||Istituto di Scienze e
Tecnologie della Cognizione, Rome|
|Kerstin Dautenhahn|| University of Hertfordshire|
|Dirk Heylen|| University of Twente|
|Stacy Marsella|| University of Southern
|Lynn Miller|| Annenberg School of Communication,
University of Southern California|
|Ana Paiva|| Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa|
|David Pynadath|| ISI University of Southern
|Stephen Read|| Psychology Department, University of
|Fiorella de Rosis|| Universita di Bari |
|Charles Schmidt|| Psychology department, Rutgers
Kerstin Dautenhahn (General chair)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (Vice-chair)
Rene te Boekhorst
|Submission due (extended abstracts)||October 31, 2004|
|Notification||November 22, 2004|
|Camera ready copies due (full papers)||January 17, 2005
|Early registration||Janaury 31, 2005|
|AISB 2005 convention||April 12-15, 2005|
Mind Minding Agents:
AISB in general: http://aisb2005.feis.herts.ac.uk/
Extended abstracts should be between 2 to 4 pages. We strongly
encourage to send in PDF files. Abstracts should be send to
Formatting guidelines for the camera-ready final papers will be