Workshop 1: Agents and Models in Serious Games for Change and Social Good

This workshop brings together two key topics in their respective global research fields: intelligent agents and serious game design. Both are proving more important every year as means of engaging large audiences with new ways of thinking about social interaction, entertainment, culture, social policy, the environment and the way we work and learn. Bringing together the concepts, technologies, and methodologies of the two fields holds the potential to allow their combined strengths to further drive engagement, communication, and understanding between innumerable groups around the world. The aim of this workshop is to discuss ways in which to engage players, both with the game and their own metacognition, through the use of persuasive agent-based models in serious games in order to affect change in the player’s perceptions, values, and behaviour. This workshop has a broad target audience, including those in intelligent, believable, and persuasive agent design and development, game design researchers, and those from a wide variety of fields in which serious games could be applied.

Workshop 2: “Replicating the replication crisis” – The workshop on Methodology and/of Evaluation of IVAs

The aim of the workshop is to critically but constructively discuss the empirical methods that are used in Human Computer Interaction, specifically in the area of Intelligent Virtual Agents. The social and life sciences are in a crisis of methodology as the results of many scientific studies are difficult or impossible to replicate in subsequent investigation. Many of the methods employed by HCI researchers come from the fields that are currently in a replication crisis. Hence, do our studies on IVAs have similar and/or different issues? During the workshop we will discuss the methodological challenges identified in other fields and how they relate to the methods we use in our field. Additionally, we will discuss the proposed remedies and whether these are applicable for the research we conduct. We invite participants to submit thought provoking statements about the methodology in HCI and/or respond to statements that we propose.

Workshop 3: GREATS

Social robots and intelligent graphical agents are being applied to a growing number of health applications. While looking at health applications in general, this workshop seeks to focus on those aimed at diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, i.e therapeutic applications, and training
for doctors in these fields. There will be a special focus in this instance of GREATS on support for the elderly. Other topics include the application of specific psychotherapies, work on treating disorders such as autism or ADHD, and support for people with depression and other long-term
conditions.

We will be collaborating with related workshops at RoMaN and AAMAS on a possible special issue of a journal for more developed versions of submitted papers.