PRESENCE Special Issue on Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Behaviors, and Distributed Simulations

PRESENCE Special Issue on Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Behaviors, and Distributed Simulations

Post by Eugene Santos Jr » Thu, 13 Jun 1996 04:00:00



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                             P R E S E N C E
                  Teleoperators and Virutal Environments

                       C A L L  F O R  P A P E R S

                             Special Issue on

       Autonomous Agents, Adaptive Behaviors, and Distributed Simulations

   Guest Co-Editors: Martin R. Stytz, Eugene Santos Jr., and Sheila B. Banks

           {http://www.afit.af.mil/Schools/EN/ENG/LABS/AI/presence.html}

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Aims and Scope
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With the continuing advances being made in interactive simulation environments,
the appeal of low-cost, low-risk training systems is especially important to
domains where mistakes during real-world training can be extremely expensive as
well as dangerous. For example, such domains include medicine, military
training, air traffic control, and nuclear waste disposal. Training in
distributed virtual environments provides great potential for providing the
level of realism required to adequately train individuals for these tasks while
increasing safety as well as minimizing costs.

Common among the above domains is the need for intelligent autonomous agents to
populate the virtual environment. This is especially important in large scale
simulations where the number of entities/actors required can far exceed the
number of people available to participate. Such agents may also include monitors
or sentinels whose job is to watch the simulation and provide advice or alerts
as well as present the information in a way most accessible for potential human
users.

This special issue focuses on the use of artificial intelligence within virtual
environments. For example, state-of-the-art research on the design, development
and/or architecture of intelligent autonomous agents for virtual environments as
well as intelligent user interfaces are of interest. In addition, we also
welcome survey papers and reviews on progress made in the past few years and
descriptions of the significant problems that remain to be addressed.

This special issue is being published on an accelerated schedule, with
acceptance notification to be made five months after receipt of manuscript.

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Topics of Interest
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Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

    --  Action Selection and Planning
    --  Adaptive Behaviors
    --  Autonomous Agents
    --  Avatars and Sentinels
    --  Complex Agent Interactions
    --  Distributed Decision Making
    --  Exploratory Entities
    --  Focus of Attention
    --  Intelligent User Interfaces
    --  Life-like Qualities
    --  Managing Uncertainty
    --  Modeling and Simulation
    --  Multi-agent Collaboration
    --  Operational Behavior Modeling
    --  Simulation vs. Implementation
    --  User Intent

For papers focused on applications in specific domains, they should address
issues such as:

    -- Why was AI necessary for your domain?
    -- What practical problems did you encounter?
    -- What distinguishing properties of your domain dictated your AI approach?
    -- What methods were used to measure the effectiveness of the system?
    -- What AI approaches were effective (ineffective)?

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Submission Information
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Manuscripts should be in 12 point type with double spacing for all text,
including references. Manuscripts that are submitted must represent original
material and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Manuscripts should range in length from 30 to 60 double-spaced pages, including
figures. The title page must also include a list of keywords preferably from
the above topics list. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by experts in
the field.

SEVEN hard-copies of the manuscript should be submitted to the FIRST contact
address below. We are NOT accepting FAX or electronic submissions. Please
include an electronic mail address for acknowledgment of manuscript receipt.
The firm deadline for this special issue is October 1, 1996. The seven copies
of the manuscript must arrive by that date in order for us to have sufficient
review time to meet our publication schedule.

Additional information on the final manuscript format is available in the
"Instructions to Contributors" note on the inside back cover of PRESENCE
as well as through the World-Wide Web (see below).

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Important Dates
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    -- October 1, 1996           Submission deadline

    -- February 15, 1997         Acceptance notification

    -- April 1, 1997             Final camera-ready manuscript

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Contact Address
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    Dr. Eugene Santos Jr.
    PRESENCE Special Issue
    Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Air Force Institute of Technology
    2950 P Street
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433


    Tel:   (513) 255-3636 x4540

    Lt. Colonel Martin R. Stytz, Ph.D.
    Virtual Environments, 3D Medical Imaging and Computer Graphics Laboratory
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Air Force Institute of Technology
    2950 P Street
    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433


    Tel:   (513) 255-9270

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About Presence
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Presence is an interdisciplinary journal published by MIT Press dedicated
to the dissemination of original and unpublished results, ideas, practical
applications, or survey and tutorial material. Managing editor: Nathaniel I.
Durlach.  {http://www-mitpress.mit.edu/jrnls-catalog/presence.html}.

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