From 12th-13th July 2016 the second Virtual Social Interaction workshop will be held at MediaCity, Manchester.  Co-organised by University of Salford, Goldsmiths University of London and University College London, the workshop will showcase new methods and theories in social interaction, with talks from 8 international speakers and c. 20 Posters.

Attracting an audience of international researchers from the fields of Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience Computer Science and Digital Technologies the workshop will highlight work towards a scientific understanding of how people interact.

Early Bird registration ends on 30th May and entry provides access to talks and posters, full catering on both days and an evening wine and poster reception. Register here:


12th July (Wednesday)

Introduction – David Roberts 

Talk 1: Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo 


Talk 2: Antonia Hamilton
Using virtual characters to understand human social behaviour


Talk 3: Klaus Kessler

Talk 4: Doron Friedman

Digital personal virtual clones: lessons from the BEAMING proxy


Short talks

Data Blitz ( 2 mins from all poster presenters)


 13th July (Wednesday)

Talk 5: Sandy Louchart
Contextual drama management in interactive digital narratives

Talk 6: Stefan Kopp
Building artificial social minds: cognitive models of and for social interaction


 Short Junior Presentations
5 talks 18 minutes each (15 + 3)

Buffet Lunch

 Talk 7: Eva Krumhuber
Face to face with the future:  new challenges for interdisciplinary research on emotions

Talk 8:  Jonathan Gratch
Beware of computers bearing smiles: A review of research into machines that understand and shape human emotion



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