Towards a ‘smart’ collaborative virtual environment and multi-agent approach to designing an intelligent virtual agent

Nader Hanna*, Deborah Richards

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Abstract

Increasing interest in Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVEs) in different applications has imposed new requirements on the design of the CVEs and the resident Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs). In addition to cognitive abilities, IVAs in CVEs require social and communication behaviours. The use of a Multi-Agent System (MAS) has been a successful approach to address the variety of evolving abilities needed by an IVA. In this paper, a model of a ‘smart’ CVE is presented. This CVE model publicizes the properties and the possible events of each entity located in the sensory range of the nearby IVAs. Additionally, this CVE model offers a level of abstraction for the IVAs to interact with the entities in the CVE. This level of the abstraction is distributed within the design of the resident IVAs. Moreover, this paper presents a MAS-based IVA design. This IVA is able to collaborate with humans in CVEs. The proposed model simulates humans by including input, output and processing modules. In addition, the model coordinates the IVA’s verbal and non-verbal communication to convey its internal state while achieving a collaborative task.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgent Environments for Multi-Agent Systems
Subtitle of host publication4th International Workshop, E4MAS 2014 - 10 Years Later, Paris, France, May 6, 2014, Revised Selected and Invited Papers
EditorsDanny Weyns, Fabien Michel
Place of PublicationBerlin; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages170-187
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319238500
ISBN (Print)9783319238494
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Event4th International Workshop on Agent Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, E4MAS - 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: 6 May 20146 May 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9068
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other4th International Workshop on Agent Environments for Multi-Agent Systems, E4MAS - 2014
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period6/05/146/05/14

Keywords

  • Collaborative virtual environment
  • Intelligent virtual agent
  • Human-Agent collaboration
  • Multimodal communication

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