Intelligent Virtual Agents
The Intelligent Virtual Agents conference started in 1999 in Salford in Man- ester, UK. It was a biannual event: in 2001, the conference was held in Madrid, Spain; in 2003 in Irsee, Germany; in 2005 on Kos, Greece. Since IVA 2006 held in Marina del Rey, California,USA, the conference has become an annual event. Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) are autonomous, graphically embodied agents in an interactive, 2D or 3D virtual environment. They are able to int- act intelligently with the environment, other IVAs, and especially with human users. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and prac- tionersincomputer graphics,animation,computer games,virtualenvironments, arti?cial intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive modeling, human – computer interaction and arti?cial life. Since the ?rst IVA back in 1999, ?rm lines of research have been established, but there is much that the graphics and AI communities can learn from each other. ThisvolumecontainstheproceedingsoftheSeventhInternationalConference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2007,held in ENST, Paris,France September 17–19. As in 2005 and 2006, IVA hosted the Gathering of Animated Lifelike Agents (GALA 2007), an annual festival to showcase the latest animated li- like agents created by university students and academic or industrial research groups. IVA 2007 received 100 submissions from all over the world. From these submissions, 19 are published as long and 12 as short papers. In addition, 32 posters wereselected for presentationat the poster sessionsand arepublished as 2-page descriptions. Finally, ?ve industrialists were invited to demonstrate their products of which short descriptions appear in the proceedings.