AISB SYMPOSIUM on Mind-Minding Agents (track of Virtual Social Agents)

Abbreviation: MindingMinds

Start date: April 12,  2005

End date: April 15,  2005

Location: University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, England

Theme/Topic: Intelligent AgentsComputational 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.
  1. What is a theory of mind or, more specifically, what should models of ToM look like for agent-based models social interaction and communication?
  2. How do we build agents with a theory of mind? What computational techniques are available? How can they be used?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?


University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield, England.

Symposium Chairs:

Dirk Heylen and Stacy Marsella.

Programme Committee

Elisabeth AndréUniversität Augsburg
Timothy Bickmore Boston University School of Medicine
Cristiano CastelfranchiIstituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Rome
Kerstin Dautenhahn University of Hertfordshire
Dirk Heylen University of Twente
Stacy Marsella University of Southern California
Lynn Miller Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California
Ana Paiva Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa
David Pynadath ISI University of Southern California
Stephen Read Psychology Department, University of Southern California
Fiorella de Rosis Universita di Bari
Charles Schmidt Psychology department, Rutgers University

AISB Convention Chairs and Local Organizing Committee

The Mind Minding Agent symposium is part of AISB 2005 organized by the Adaptive Systems Research Group in the School of Computer Science.

Kerstin Dautenhahn (General chair)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (Vice-chair)
Rene te Boekhorst
Lola Canamero
Daniel Polani

Important dates

Submission due (extended abstracts)October 31, 2004
NotificationNovember 22, 2004
Camera ready copies due (full papers)January 17, 2005
Early registrationJanaury 31, 2005
AISB 2005 conventionApril 12-15, 2005

List of papers


Mind Minding Agents:
AISB in general:

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 published later.

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