Pressemitteilung 112/21 - 04.11.2021

Prestigious award for machine-human research

Prof. Dr Elisabeth André receives award in Montréal for her research in the field of multimodal interaction

Augsburg – Augsburg-based computer scientist Elisabeth André was awarded the international ICMI Sustained Accomplishment Award at this year's International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces (ICMI) in Montréal, Canada. The prestigious award is presented each year to a senior researcher who has made innovative, long-standing and influential contributions to the field of multimodal interaction, interfaces and systems.

 

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preisträgerin Prof. Dr. Elisabeth André UA-Fotostelle

On the occasion of the award ceremony, Elisabeth André gave a keynote speech titled: "Socially Interactive Artificial Intelligence: Past, Present and Future". In her keynote, she gave an overview of the history of socially interactive virtual agents and robots - a rapidly developing field of research in whose development Elisabeth André played a significant role. Already in the early 90s, she had pushed virtual characters with communicative and social abilities as a new paradigm for human-technology interaction.

Elisabeth André received her doctorate in computer science from Saarland University in 1995. She had already headed several projects at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbrücken. In 2001 she accepted a chair for Multimodal Human-Technology Interaction at the then newly established Institute for Computer Science at the University of Augsburg. André was a DFG review board member from 2008 to 2012 and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Academia Europaea since 2010. In 2019, the Gesellschaft für Informatik elected her as one of the "ten formative minds in German AI history". At the beginning of this year 2021, she was awarded the most prestigious German research prize, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize.

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