Employing models of human social motor behavior for artificial agent trainers

Lillian M. Rigoli*, Patrick Nalepka, Hannah Douglas, Rachel W. Kallen, Simon Hosking, Christopher Best, Elliot Saltzman, Michael Richardson

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    Many everyday tasks require individuals to work together as a team to achieve a task goal. For many complex or high-stakes multi-agent activities, team members are required to participate in simulated training exercises to develop the task-and team-work (coordination) skills needed to maximize task performance. Such training, however, can be both time-and labor-intensive, requiring the participation of full teams and expert instructors. One way to minimize these costs is to augment team training scenarios with interactive artificial agents (AAs) capable of robust,‘human-like’behavioral interaction. With regard to perceptual-motor tasks specifically, recent research suggests that this can be achieved using task dynamical models derived from the dynamical primitives of human motor behavior. To investigate the degree to which such models can be employed for human team training, we examined whether a task dynamical model of human herding behavior could be embedded in the control architecture of an AA to train novice human-actors to learn various simulated multi-agent herding tasks. Three experiments were conducted that (i) first modeled human team performance during a set of novel herding tasks adapted from [19, 21],(ii) tested an AA utilizing this model to complete the tasks with human novices, and (iii) demonstrated how this AA could effectively train novices in a manner comparable to a human-expert trainer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAAMAS '20
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
    EditorsBo An, Neil Yorke-Smith, Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, Gita Sukthankar
    Place of PublicationRichland, SC
    PublisherInternational Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS)
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450375184
    ISBN (Print)9781450375184
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    EventInternational Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (19th : 2020) - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 9 May 202013 May 2020

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS
    ISSN (Print)1548-8403
    ISSN (Electronic)1558-2914


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (19th : 2020)
    Abbreviated titleAAMAS’20
    Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


    • agents competing and cooperating with humans
    • agents for improving human cooperative activities
    • human-robot/agent interaction
    • social agent models


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