Dr. Rajiv Khosla has a multi-disciplinary background in engineering, management and computer science. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters degree in Management and Systems from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from La Trobe. Dr. Khosla is an Associate Professor in the Accounting and Management department at La Trobe University. He is the associate editor of the International Journal of Pattern Recognition and review board member of the International Journal of Applied Intelligence. His research and teaching experience has been driven by active collaboration with industry. He has been a project leader of over a dozen industrial projects. Dr. Khosla has authored several research monographs in the area of intelligent agents and human-centred systems. He has published several books with Springer, the most recent being Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (Khosla, Howlett & Jain (Eds.), 2005, 3-540-28894-5).
Dr. Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze gained her MSc in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of The Studies of Milan, Italy in 1991 and 1995 respectively. In February 2006, she will move from the University of Aizu, Japan (where she was an Assistant Professor working in visual information systems) to the University College London Interaction Center (UCLIC), UK.
Dr. Toyoaki Nishida is a Professor in the Department of Intelligence Science and Technology, Graduate School of Technology at Kyoto University. He received his B.E., the M.E., and Doctor of Engineering degrees from Kyoto University in 1977, 1979, and 1984 respectively. He haspublished one monograph previously: Dynamic Knowledge Interaction, CRC Press 2000 and two lecture notes volumes in Springer??'s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series: Algorithmic Learning Theory, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 743, Springer-Verlag, 1993 and Takao Terano, Toyoaki Nishida, Akira Namatame, Yukio Ohsawa, Shusaku Tsumoto, and Takashi Washio (eds): Exploring New Frontiers on Artificial Intelligence - Selected Papers from the First International Workshops of Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence -, Lecture Notes on Artificial Intelligence LNAI2253, Springer Verlag, December 2001.
Conversational Informatics provides an interdisciplinaryintroduction to conversational informatics and places emphasis uponthe integration of scientific approaches to achieve engineeringgoals and to advance further understanding of conversation.
It features a collection of surveys structured around fourprominent research areas: conversational artifacts,conversational contents, conversation environment design andconversation measurement, analysis and modellingConversational artifacts shows how synthetic charactersor intelligent robots use eye gaze, gestures and other non-verbalcommunicators to interact.Conversational contents looks at developing techniquesfor acquiring, editing, distributing and utilising the contentsthat are produced and consumed in conversation.Conversation environment design explains techniques forcreating intelligent virtual environments and for representingindividuals within a virtual environment by monitoring andreproducing their non-verbal conversational behaviour.Conversation measurement, analysis and modellingdemonstrate how conversational behaviour can be measured andanalyzed.
Conversational Informatics will be an invaluable resourcefor postgraduate students and researchers in Computer Science andElectrical Engineering as well as engineers and developers workingin the field of automation, robotics and agents technology.