Generating nonverbal behaviours, such as gesticulation, facial expressions and gaze, is of great importance
for natural interaction with embodied agents such as virtual agents and social robots. At present, behaviour
generation is typically powered by rule-based systems, data-driven approaches, and their hybrids. For
evaluation, both objective and subjective methods exist, but their application and validity are frequently a
point of contention.
This workshop asks “What will be the behaviour-generation methods of the future? And how can we evaluate
these methods using meaningful objective and subjective metrics?” The aim of the workshop is to bring
together researchers working on the generation and evaluation of nonverbal behaviours for embodied agents to
discuss the future of this field. To kickstart these discussions, we invite all interested researchers to
submit a paper for presentation at the workshop.
GENEA 2021 is the second GENEA workshop and an official workshop of ACM ICMI’21, which will take place
either in Montreal, Canada, or online. Accepted submissions will be included in the adjunct ACM ICMI
Paper topics include (but are not limited to) the following
- Automated synthesis of facial expressions, gestures, and gaze movements
- Audio- and music-driven nonverbal behaviour synthesis
- Closed-loop nonverbal behaviour generation (from perception to action)
- Nonverbal behaviour synthesis in two-party and group interactions
- Emotion-driven and stylistic nonverbal behaviour synthesis
- New datasets related to nonverbal behaviour
- Believable nonverbal behaviour synthesis using motion-capture and 4D scan data
- Multi-modal nonverbal behaviour synthesis
- Interactive/autonomous nonverbal behavior generation
- Subjective and objective evaluation methods for nonverbal behaviour synthesis
- Guidelines for nonverbal behaviours in human-agent interaction
For papers specifically on the topic of healthcare, whether for generating or understanding nonverbal
behaviours, consider submitting to the workshop on Socially-Informed AI for Healthcare, also taking place at
ICMI’21. The website of that workshop can be found at: social-ai-for-healthcare.github.io
Please format submissions for double-blind review according to the ACM conference format.
We will accept long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) paper submissions, along with posters (3 page papers), all
in the double-column ACM conference format. Pages containing only references do not count toward the page
limit for any of the paper types. Submissions should be made in PDF format through OpenReview.