AAAI-05 Workshop On

Modular Construction of Human-Like Intelligence

Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, July 10, 2005



Kris R. Thórisson, Ph.D., Chair
Hannes Vilhjalmsson, Ph.D.
Stacy C. Marsella, Ph.D.

Call for Participation
(closed for submissions)
Workshop Format
Paper format & Submission
Program Committee
Organizing Committee



The reference for all papers:

In K. R. Thórisson, H. Vilhjalmsson & S. Marsella (Eds.),
AAAI-05 Workshop on Modular Construction of Human-Like Intelligence,
Pittsburgh, PA, July 10. AAAI Technical Report WS-05-08, pp. XX-YY, 2005.


9:00 - 9:05

Workshop Organizers INTRO  vii PDF
9:05 - 9:40 Hannes Vilhjálmsson, Stacy Marsella Social Performance Framework 1-7 PDF
9:40 - 10:05 Kristinn R. Thórisson, Thor List, Christopher Pennock, John DiPirro Whiteboards: Scheduling Blackboards for Semantic Routring of Messages & Streams 8-15 PDF
10:05 - 10:30 Thor List, José Bins, Robert B. Fisher, David Tweed, Kristinn R. Thórisson Two approaches to a plug-and-play vision architecture CAVIAR and Psyclone 16-23 PDF
10:30 - 10:55 Kai-Yuh Hsiao, Peter Gorniak, Deb Roy NetP: A Network API for Building Heterogeneous Modular Intelligent Systems 24-31 PDF
10:55 - 11:15 BREAK      
11:15 - 11:50 Nikolaos Mavridis, Deb Roy Grounded Situation Models for Robots: Bridging Language, Perception, and Action 32-39 PDF
11:50 - 12:15 Maren Bennewitz, Felix Faber, Dominik Joho, Michael Schreiber, Sven Behnke Multimodal Conversation between a Humanoid Robot and Multiple Persons 40-47 PDF
12:15 - 12:40 Matt MacMahon Representing Language, Action, Perception, and Space to Follow Route Instructions 48-55 PDF
12:40 - 14:10 LUNCH      
14:10 - 14:45 Andrew S. Gordon Commonsense Psychology and the Functional Requriements of Cognitive Models 56-62 PDF
14:45 - 15:10 Zippora Arzi-Gonczarowski Modular Assembly of Intelligence by Mathematical Abstractions 63-70 PDF
15:10 - 15:45 Alexei V. Samsonovich
Kenneth A. De Jong
Designing A Self-Aware Neuromorphic Hybrid 71-78 PDF
15:45 - 16:05 BREAK      
16:05 - 16:40 Jesse Gray, Cynthia Breazeal Toward Helpful Robot Teammates: A Simulation-Theoretic Approach for Inferring Mental States of Others 79-85 PDF
16:40 - 17:05 Rakesh Gupta, Ken Hennacy Commonsense Reasoning about Task Instructions 86-91 PDF
17:05 - 17:30 Eric Baumer, Bill Tomlinson Synthetic Social Construction for Autonomous Characters 92-99 PDF
17:30 - 17:45 Workshop Organizers & attendees Discussion & OUTTRO    



Closed for submissions


Building intelligent systems that can collaborate and interact socially with people requires integrating numerous technologies in complex ways. For the A.I. researcher such integration can involve anything from programming in multiple languages and connecting multiple computers, to integrating several diverse theoretical models of perception, communication, planning and action. The task requires a diverse set of skills and tools to be applied and is clearly a challenge for the field. We are looking for papers describing work on the theoretical as well as practical issues of integrating broad human-like skills into working systems.

With a rising interest in humanoid agents and robots for the home, the push for creating well-rounded intelligent beings makes the issue of integration increasingly relevant. Waiting for a single inventor, graduate student, professor, university, or even company, to invent and develop all of the needed tools and technologies for such systems is not a viable option – it will take close collaboration between individuals, teams, organizations, industry and academia. However, collaboration is often hindered by

different language being used for similar things and different sets of solutions being used for solving related problems, making integration a difficult problem.

We are looking for papers describing work on the theoretical as well as practical issues of integrating broad human-like skills into working systems, be it physical robots or virtual humans, and work that evaluates current and past architectural efforts towards building humanoid systems. Also relevant is work on new frameworks and techniques for bridging between systems, as are practical solutions and tools for making systems integration and the work of the A.I. developer easier in this respect.

Of special interest would be any rapid prototyping tools and tools for exploring and comparing A.I. architectures. Anyone who is building large, working systems, in software or hardware, that integrate multiple diverse components in any combination – be it planning, reasoning, natural language, computer vision, hearing, gesture, emotion, common sense – and have taken a moment to reflect on the integration problem, should find an audience for their work in this workshop.

Workshop Format

There will be two kinds of presentations, long and short. Long presentations are 30 minutes; short presentations are 20 minutes. Both kinds are followed by a 5 minute Q&A period.


Papers will be included as AAAI technical reports in the AAAI Digital Library.


April 20 : Deadline for submissions of contributions
May 11: Authors' notification.
May 18: Submission of camera ready contribution for the workshop notes. IMPORTANT: Accepted papers only have a week to prepare a photoready copy. We regret this tight timeline, but are unable to affect these dates, which are due to scheduling problems in the conference itself.
July 9 or 10: Workshop

Paper Format & Submission

Papers should be no longer than 8 pages in the style specified by AAAI:

Send submissions as a single pdf file by email to the Workshop Chair ( The name of the file should be the last name of the first author. Please specify in your email whether you wish to do a full or a short presentation. Confirmation will be sent via email when your submission has been successfully received.

Selection will be based on relevance to the workshop, quality of the work and clarity of presentation.

Program Committee

Jan Allbeck, U. Penn
Elisabeth André, Augsburg U.
Ruth Aylett, Heriot-Watt U.
Norman Badler, U. Penn
Tim Bickmore, B.U. School of Medicine
Cynthia Breazeal, M.I.T.
Joanna Bryson, U. of Bath
Magy Seif El-Nasr, Penn. State
Peter Gorniak, M.I.T.
Jonathan Gratch, USC/ICT
Ian Horswill, Northwestern U.
W. Lewis Johnson, USC/ISI
Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld U.
Thor List, Edinburgh U.
Anton Nijholt, U. of Twente
Catherine Pelachaud, U. of Paris
Scott Prevost, Animated Speech Corp.
Zsofia Ruttkay, U. of Twente
Push Singh, M.I.T.
Bill Swartout, USC/ICT



Organizing Committee

Kris R. Thórisson, Ph.D.
Workshop Chair
Assistant Professor
School of Computer Science
Reykjavik University
Ofanleiti 2
103 Reykjavik, Icleand
Tel: +354 599-6200 (w)
Fax: +354 599-6201
Hannes Vilhjalmsson, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
Tel: +1 (310) 448-8720
Stacy C. Marsella, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of Computer Science
Project Leader
Information Sciences Institute
University of Southern California
Tel: +1 (310) 448-8407