The workshop on Intelligent Conversation Agents in Home and Geriatric Care Applications aims to provide a presentation and discussion forum of ongoing and recently accomplished work on topics related to the development of intelligent conversational agents in home and geriatric care applications. Its goal is to identify the specific scientific and ethical challenges related to the context of home and geriatric care with respect to language, social behaviour, knowledge and data management, and discuss solutions for them. The workshop is will be held as an AAMAS workshop in conjunction with the Federated AI Meeting (FAIM) and collocated with the 2nd Workshop on AI for Aging, Rehabilitation, and Independent Assisted Living in Stockholm, 15th of July, 2018.

Important Dates

  • 15 May 2018: Submission deadline
  • 25 May 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • 31 May 2018: Early registration deadline
  • 15 June 2018: Final versions due

Call for Papers

Communication is of crucial importance in home and geriatric care. Caregivers are expected not only to facilitate information, guidance and instruction, but also to interact as trustworthy companions of caretakers. In the light of the fact that more and more individuals are increasingly in need of home and geriatric care, ensuring adequate service for all has become a societal challenge. With the increasing maturity of verbal and non-verbal communication understanding and generation technologies, knowledge-based dialogue management techniques, external knowledge acquisition, and virtual character and robot design, questions regarding the use of intelligent conversational agents in home and geriatric applications has become increasingly important. At the same time, the home and geriatric care context implies specific technical and ethical challenges with respect to language, social behaviour, data and knowledge management, etc. An increasing number of research initiatives address these challenges. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of intelligent conversational agents and related fields, practitioners who deploy such agents in the context of home and geriatric care applications, and critical users, who can report about their experience with the use of conversational agents within these applications. Apart from cutting edge technical submissions, contributions that address the challenge of the use of agents in home and geriatric care from the ethical perspective are welcome. The topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Specifics of the home and geriatric care context for conversational agents
  • Ethical challenges in home and geriatric care applications
  • Design of intelligent conversational agents for home and geriatric care applications
  • Personalized agent embodiments
  • The use of virtual and augmented reality techniques in home and geriatric care applications
  • Personalized knowledge and data management in conversational agents
  • Knowledge modelling in conversational agents
  • Question answering techniques for conversational agents
  • Semantic data fusion and reasoning for multimodal interaction with elderly
  • Dialogue management for highly unpredictable conversation shifts
  • Adaptation of the language style and vocabulary of conversational agents to a targeted user
  • Emotional behaviour of conversational agents in emotionally charged contexts
  • Multimodal interaction strategies in conversations with elderly
  • Conversational agent interaction with mentally challenged users


We invite full (8 pages) and short (4 pages) papers, with an unlimited number of pages for references. Submissions must conform with the ACM proceedings style guidelines, be in PDF format and anonymized to facilitate the double blind reviewing process. Please submit your paper here.

To encourage inclusiveness and the presentation of speculative and recent work, inclusion in the conference proceedings is optional. The author’s preference should be indicated with the final submission.


To register, please visit the registration site of the main AAMAS Conference: http://celweb.vuse.vanderbilt.edu/aamas18/registration. Note that the early registration deadline is May 31.


Stockholm Convention Center (Stockholmmässan), Room: K14

Mässvägen 1, 125 80 Älvsjö, Sweden


14:00 – 14:05 Opening
14:05 – 14:50 G. Eschweiler: Invited Talk Needs of geriatric patients and their care givers
14:50 – 15:10 S. Kopp, M. Brandt, H. Buschmeier, K. Cyra, F. Freigang, N. Krämer, F. Kummert, Ch. Opfermann, K. Pitsch, L. Schillingmann, C. Straßmann, E. Wall, and R. Yaghoubzadeh: Conversational Assistants for Elderly Users – The Importance of Socially Cooperative Dialogue
15:10 – 15:30 T. Stavropoulos, G. Meditskos, S. Vrochidis, and I. Kompatsiaris: Activity Recognition and Personalized Feedback Solution for Active and Healthy Ageing
15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 – 16:20 M. Domínguez, A. Burga, M. Farrús, and L. Wanner: On the Role of Communicative Structure in Read Aloud Applications for the Elderly
16:20 – 17:20 Poster Session R. Bangalore Kantharaju and C. Pelachaud: Towards Developing a Model to Handle Multiparty Conversations for Healthcare Agents
T. Beinema, H. op den Akker, and H. Hermens: Creating an Artificial Coaching Engine for Multi-domain Conversational Coaches in eHealth Applications
G. Huizing, R. Klaassen, and D. Heylen: Designing and Developing Lifelike, Engaging Lifestyle Coaching Agents and Scenarios for Multiparty Coaching Interaction
B. Spillane, E. Gilmartin, Christian Saam, B. R. Cowan, and V. Wade: ADELE: Care and Companionship for Independent Aging
17:20 – 18:00 Panel discussion
18:00 Closing remarks

Program Committee

  • Jenny Benois-Pineau
  • Gerhard Eschweiler
  • Patrick Gebhard
  • Dirk Heylen
  • Stefan Kopp
  • James Lester
  • Catherine Pelachaud
  • Björn Schuller
  • Candy Sidner
  • Hannes Högni Vilhjámsson


Elisabeth André
University of Augsburg
Timothy Bickmore
Northeastern University
Stefanos Vrochidis
CERTH, Information Technologies Institute, Thessaloniki
Leo Wanner (Chair)
ICREA and Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Contact us

Please contact us at leo.wanner@upf.edu