Welcome to IVA 2018, co-hosted by Western Sydney UniversityMacquarie University and MARCS Institute for Brain Behaviour and Development.

IVA 2018 is over!

News IVA 2019 will take place in Paris on 2-5 July 2019. See you there!

News We are organising VRST 2019. The conference will take place in Sydney on 12 November 2019.

News Best paper award: SOGO: A Social Intelligent Negotiation Dialogue System by Ran Zhao, Oscar J Romero and Alexander Rudnicky.

News Best student paper award: Flipper 2.0: A Pragmatic Dialogue Engine for Embodied Conversational Agents by Jelte van Waterschoot, Merijn Bruijnes, Jan Flokstra, Dennis Reidsma, Daniel Davison, Mariët Theune and Dirk Heylen.

News Best poster award: To animate or anime-te – Investigating sign avatar comprehensibility by Heikie Brock, Shigeaki Nishina and Kazuhiro Nakadal.

News GALA winner: Gods of the Neon City by David Novick, Laura J. Hinojos, Aaron Rodriguez, Adriana Camacho, and Mahdokht Afravi.

News and Announcements

News The conference proceedings are now available at https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=3267851.

News IVA 2018 Conference App featuring Sydney sightseeing suggestions is available for download at: https://myconferencetrip.com. Use 0007 as IVA 2018 conference code.

News Co-located event: ROBOTS & AI IN SOCIETY Workshop: Western Sydney University (Parramatta 1PSQ), 8-9 November 2018

About the IVA Conferences.

IVA 2018 is the 18th meeting of an interdisciplinary annual conference and the main leading scientific forum for presenting research on modeling, developing and evaluating intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with a focus on communicative abilities and social behavior. IVAs are interactive digital characters that exhibit human-like qualities and can communicate with humans and each other using natural human modalities like facial expressions, speech and gesture. They are capable of real-time perception, cognition, emotion and action that allow them to participate in dynamic social environments.  In addition to presentations on theoretical issues, the conference encourages the showcasing of working applications.

Who Should Attend?

Students, academics and industry professionals with an interest in learning about and presenting the most cutting-edge research conducted today in the multi-disciplinary field of intelligent virtual agents. Advances in IVA research are enabling increasingly autonomous agents that are now being utilized across a growing number of fields, including counseling, entertainment, medicine, the military, psychology and teaching. Researchers from the fields of human-human and human-robot interaction are also encouraged to share work with a relevance to IVAs.

What Can I Expect This Year?

IVA 2018’s special topic is “Virtual Agents in Games and Simulations”.


IVA 2018 is now seeking sponsorships from industry and institutional partners looking to strengthen collaborative opportunities with this vital and growing community.  Please contact us for more details.