The scope of building a complete intelligent virtual agent (IVA) is too vast for a single research group. An important current direction for the IVAs community therefore deals with facilitating the collaboration between groups and reuse of each other’s work by using modular architectures and interface standards.
In this workshop, we will assess the state-of-the-art in architectures for IVAs as well as standardization, and aim to identify concrete next steps that facilitate improvements in relevant areas.
Discussions in focus groups will be used to:
- Define a new, all-encompassing reference architecture for IVAs that captures both behaviour generation and multimodal input processing. Furthermore, this architecture should capture modern application requirements like incremental input processing and behavior realization, and provide design guidelines for modern IVAs.
- Discuss and move forward the specification of standardized interface representation languages (e.g. PML, FML and BML) and identify gaps in standardization (e.g. Context Markup Language, messaging).
- Discuss lessons learned on and set guidelines for the facilitation of sharing of technology, data and knowledge.
- Set an agenda that encourages researchers and the industry to participate in new and existing standardization efforts.
This will be a one day workshop. In the morning, participants present the state-of-the-art of architecture concepts used in their groups. In the afternoon we will break out in focus groups and discuss selected topics in more detail.