Workshop on Conversational Interruptions in Human-Agent Interactions

This workshop will be held at IVA 2017 in Stockholm on August, 27th. The aim is to bring together researchers from a variety of fields interested in the study of conversational interruptions in multimodal human-human, human-agent (both virtual and robotic) or agent-agent interactions. Our aim is to address current challenges in this area (as well as identifying new ones) and to set a research agenda to make IVAs capable of believably react and adapt to unexpected situations such as conversational interruptions.

Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  1. * Challenges and approaches for real-time agent’s interruption handling;
  2. * Expression and synthesis of agent’s multimodal reactions to interruptions;
  3. * Agent management of user’s interruptions;
  4. * Methods and techniques for modeling agents that interrupt users;
  5. * Evaluation techniques in dyadic/group interactions and impact on user’s perception.

In this one day workshop, authors of accepted papers will present their work during the morning. In the afternoon we will break out in small groups and participate in an interactive demo session offered by participants. The workshop will terminate with a final discussion panel.

Call for Submissions

We invite two types of submissions:

    Full papers will be reviewed and selected based on relevance, originality and theoretical and/or technical quality. Accepted submissions will be presented (orally) at the workshop (15 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A). At least one author will be required to register and attend the workshop. Papers must be formatted according to the requirements for Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), anonymized, and submitted in PDF format (guidelines and templates on the main IVA 2017 conference website). Accepted full paper contributions will be published in the online CEUR Workshop Proceedings (
    Participants (regardless of the paper acceptance) have the opportunity to showcase their work and obtain general feedback from the workshop’s attendees. The goal of the demos is to provide attendees with a more tangible experience of the issues under discussion. Prospective presenters must submit a single PDF page including: title, author(s), short description (5 lines max.) and a screenshot of the work to be presented. The demo description will not be peer reviewed and will not be published in the workshop proceedings.

    Submissions should be sent by email to angelo (dot) cafaro (at) isir (dot) upmc (dot) fr.

    1. * The submission should be in PDF format;
    2. * The submitted PDF must be anonymous (for reviewers);
    3. * Please indicate as subject: “Submission for Workshop CIHAI at IVA 2017”;
    4. * Please include in the body: contact author’s full name and affiliation;
    5. * Submissions must not exceed 8 pages including references (shorter contributions are welcome and will be considered).
  • Important dates

    02 June 2017 * 21 June 2017 * Full paper submission deadline
    28 July 2017 Demo description (1 page) submission deadline
    17 July 2017 * 28 July 2017 * Full paper authors notification
    28 July 2017 * 11 August 2017 * Full paper camera-ready deadline
    25 July 2017 Early registration deadline
    13 August 2017 Registration deadline
    27 August 2017 Workshop


    09:00 - 09:30
    Welcome session (Angelo Cafaro) and Introduction to Workshop (Dirk Heylen)

    09:30 - 10:30
    Presentations (Session I)

    09.30 - 09.50 Interrupting Giver Eli Pincus
    David Traum
    09:50 - 10:10 Interruptions as Speech Acts  Peter Wallis
    Bruce Edmonds
    10:10 - 10:30   Modeling The Impact Of Action Tendency On An Agent Interrupting Behavior Mathieu Jégou
    Céline Clavel
    Nicolas Sabouret
    Jean-Claude Martin

    10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee break

    11:00 - 12:00
    Presentation (Session II)

    11.00 - 11.20 Better Faulty than Sorry: Investigating Social Recovery Strategies to Minimize the Negative Impact of Failure
    in Human-Robot Interaction
    Sara Engelhardt
    Emmeli Hansson
    Iolanda Leite
    11:20 - 11:40 Using Contextual Knowledge to Resume Human-Agent Conversations when Programing the Intelligence of
    Smart Environments
    Asterios Leonidis
    11:40 - 12:00   Silence, Please! Interrupting In-Car Phone Conversations María Soledad López Gambino


    The Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Conversational Interruptions in Human-Agent Interactions are now published online at CEUR (vol. 1943).


    Conference attendees and participants must be register to the main conferenece. See details in the IVA'17 website.


    IVA 2017 is the 17th 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.

    More information at



    Pierre and Marie Curie University

    angelo (dot) cafaro (at) isir (dot) upmc (dot) fr

    Eduardo Coutinho

    Imperial College London
    University of Liverpool
    United Kingdom

    e (dot) coutinho (at) imperial (dot) ac (dot) uk



    patrick (dot) gebhard (at) dfki (dot) de


    Cereproc LTD
    United Kingdom

    blaise (at) cereproc (dot) com

    Program Committee

    1. Catherine Pelachaud (CNRS, France)
    2. Dirk Heylen (University of Twente, Netherlands)
    3. Elisabeth André (University of Augsburg, Germany)
    4. Gregor Mehlmann (University of Augsburg, Germany)
    5. Florian Pecune (CMU, USA)
    6. Matthieu Chollet (USC-ICT, USA)
    7. Hannes H. Vilhjálmsson (Reykjavik University, Iceland)
    8. Merijn Bruijnes (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
    9. Jelte van Waterschoot (University of Twente, Netherlands)
    10. Brian Ravenet (Telecom ParisTech, France)
    11. Britta Wrede (Bielefeld University, Germany)
    12. Christian Becker-Asano (Bosch R&D, Germany)
    13. Candy Sidner (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)