It is our pleasure to welcome you to Intetain 2011, the 4th International ICST Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. The conference, scheduled every 2 years, was initiated in 2005 in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, targeting to provide a unique international forum for researchers in the field of interaction technologies, with a special focus on entertaiment. For the 4th edition of the conference, Intetain is coming back to Italy, in Genova, a nice city rich of historic heritage, monuments and naturalistic attractions in the Mediterranean Riviera and inland.
The conference aims enhancing the understanding of recent and anticipated advances in interactive technologies, and their applications to entertainment, education, culture, and the arts. Interaction technologies are having relevant changes in the last years, and will influence the way users consume and interact with the media and applications, both locally and over the Internet. The explosion of natural, multimodal, and touch based interfaces, and their access to the general public, has made new interaction paradigms a reality.
The conference technical and demonstration sessions will explore all these topics, bringing together academic and industries, practitioners, and students interested in future techniques for interaction, with the main aim of being a forum to present and discuss contributions from different domains, related to technology, business, the creative process and user-centered studies.
Technical sessions will focus on the different aspects of interaction, and will include the presentation of research works on virtual/mixed/augmented reality, hardware technologies for interaction and entertainment, devices, animation and virtual characters, non-verbal full body interaction, storytelling, affective user interfaces, social interaction and children interaction (with the special "Children's Corner" demo session).
It is our pleasure to have also two outstanding keynotes as part of the conference program: "Persuasive Systems for Small Groups in a Museum" by Oliviero Stock from FBK, Trento (Italy), and "Bebop Virtuosity", by Francois Pachet from Sony CSL, Paris (France). In addition to the technical program, demonstrations of interactive entertainment technology are included. Intetain participants will have the opportunity to attend the half-day tutorial on EyesWeb, a widespread open platform enabling research and development of real-time multimodal systems and applications. Finally, the workshop on Social Behavior in Music (SBM) will close the conference and will include the Keynote by Alessandro Vinciarelli on "Social Signal Processing: understanding nonverbal communication in social interactions."
Intetain 2011 has secured the in-cooperation status from the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human interaction.
The venue of the 4th edition of Intetain is the magnificent monumental building of Palazzo Ducale, in the heart of the city and the main site for cultural activities. It is a prestigious site, former house of the "Doge" (king) of Genova when the city was a republic in the Renaissance. The Casa Paganini - InfoMus research centre of the University of Genoa will host, in its recently restored monumental building of S. Maria delle Grazie, the EyesWeb Tutorial and part of the demonstrations.
Aiming at cross-fertilizing scientific and technological research with humanistic and artistic research and investigating new perspectives in user-centric media and future Internet, Casa Paganini - InfoMus activities support the research on new paradigms of interaction and experience with a special focus on computational models and multimodal interfaces addressing non-verbal expressive gesture, emotions, social signals.
We would like to thank our invited spealers Oliviero Stock, Francois Pachet, and Alessandro Vinciarelli for their outstanding keynotes.
Many thanks go to all the volunteers who have shared their talent, dedication and time for the conference organisation and support as well as all our technical and financial sponsors. This conference would not be possible without their support.
We would like to thank our sponsors ICST, Create-Net, Casa Paganini - InfoMus and Palazzo Ducale for their support. We would like to thank the University of Genoa and all the volunteers in the local organization, who have participated and made this conference possible.
Special thanks to our local organizer, Barbara Mazzarino, for her precious work, the Demo Chair Donald Glowinski, the SBM Workshop chair Giovanna Varni, and the EyesWeb Tutorial organizer Paolo Coletta. Another special thank is for the Web Chair Michele Marchesoni for having effectively and timely supported the relevant tasks related to web setup and information updating.
A very special thank also goes to the Technical Programme Committee members for their support in the review process and program definition.
We also thank the members of the Intetain Steering Board, Imrich Chlamtac and Anton Nijholt, and all the staff members of Casa Paganini - InfoMus, and the conference co-ordinator Aza Swedin.
We wish all participants a stimulating and fruitful work, rich of discussions and boosting joint collaborations for the next years !
We eagerly look forward to meeting you in Genova from 25th to 27th of May.
Antonio Camurri, Cristina Costa, Gualtiero Volpe