IVA 2018

5th November 2018

Parramatta City Campus, Western Sydney University, Sydney


Workshop: Graphical and Robotic Embodied Agents for Therapeutic Systems - GREATS18


Social robots and intelligent graphical agents are being applied to a growing number of health applications. While looking at health applications in general, this workshop seeks to focus on those aimed at diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, i.e therapeutic applications, and training for doctors in these fields. There will be a special focus in this instance of GREATS on support for the elderly. Other topics include the application of specific psychotherapies, work on treating disorders such as autism or ADHD, and support for people with depression and other long-term conditions.

This workshop will consider both the range of applications, and specific issues and questions arising from them, for example:

  • What features and processes make a therapeutic application successful?
  • What specific issues relate to diagnosis, and what to treatment?
  • How do we measure success?
  • How do we deal with the ethical issues in this domain? Should we be doing this at all?
  • Does embodiment and/or its specific form (robotic, graphical, features) impact success?
  • How do we assess the state of the human participant?
  • Do specific input modalities or multiple modalities help?
  • Definitions of human-ness and AI artefacts
  • What are the issues of privacy and security and how to we deal with them?
  • Can therapeutic agents deal with long-term interaction? How?
  • Can therapeutic agents help to empower their clients?


We will be collaborating with related workshops at RoMaN and AAMAS on a possible special issue of a journal for more developed versions of submitted papers.

We are seeking submissions of papers on completed work, work-in-progress, position papers, posters, demos. Papers dealing with therapeutic agents, diagnostic agents and agents for medical education/training therapists will be favoured but papers on other health applications are also welcome. Papers should be between 2 and 6 pagesin length in the ACM Standard/Sig Conf format also being used by IVA2018 - see below. Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=greats18/. At least one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the workshop to present their work.

Paper format details can be found at https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template/


Wednesday 5th September: Submission deadline
Wednesday 26th September: Deadline for notifications sent to authors
Wednesday 7th October : Camera ready copies due
5th Novber: Workshop


Ruth Aylett - Heriot-Watt University, UK
Elizabeth Broadbent - University of Aukland, NZ
Scott Brown - University of New South Wales, AU
Randy Klaassen - Twente University, NL
Hatice Kose - Istanbul Technical University, TR
Peter McKenna - Heriot-Watt University, UK
Yukiko Nakano - Seikei University, JP
Mihoko Otake - Riken, JP
Deborah Richards, Macquarie University, AU


Ruth Aylett/Peter McKenna
School of Maths and Computer Science,
Montbatten Building,
Heriot-Watt University,
E14 4AS.

Tel +44 131 451 4189/4162
Fax +44 131 451 3327

Last Update: 23 May 2016