Enhancing the believability of embodied conversational agents through environment-, self-and interaction-awareness

Kiran Ijaz, Anton Bogdanovych, Simeon Simoff

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Research on embodied conversational agents’ reasoning and actions has mostly ignored the external environment. This papers argues that believability of
such agents is tightly connected with their ability to relate to the environment during a conversation. This ability, defined as awareness believability, is formalised in terms of three components - environment-, self- and interaction-awareness. The paper presents a method enabling virtual agents to reason about their environment, understand the interaction capabilities of other participants, own goals and current state of the environment, as well as to include these elements into conversations. We present the implementation of the method and a case study, which demonstrates that such abilities improve the overall believability of virtual agents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Australasian Computer Science Conference
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 113
Place of PublicationDarlinghurst
PublisherAustralian Computer Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781920682934
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Australasian Computer Science Conference, ACSC 2011 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 17 Jan 201120 Jan 2011


Conference34th Australasian Computer Science Conference, ACSC 2011


  • Virtual Worlds
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Embodied Agents

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