Agent Assistance: From Problem Solving to Music Teaching

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We report on our research on agents that act and behave in a web learning environment. This research is part of a general approach to agents acting and behaving in virtual environments where they are involved in providing information, performing transactions, demonstrating products and, more generally, assisting users or visitors of the web environment in doing what they want or have been asked to do. While initially we hardly provided our agents with 'teaching knowledge', we now are in the process of making such knowledge explicit, especially in models that take into account that assisting and teaching takes place in a visualized and information-rich environment. Our main (embodied) tutor-agent is called Jacob; it knows about the Towers of Hanoi, a well-known problem that is offered to CS students to learn about recursion. Other agents we are working on assist a visitor in navigating in a virtual world or help the visitor in getting information. We are now designing a music teacher - using knowledge of software engineering and how to design multi-modal interactions, from previous projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Agents and Internet Learning (AIL 2001)
EditorsJ. Whatley, M. Beer
Place of PublicationMontreal, Canada
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2001
EventWorkshop on Agents and Internet Learning, AIL 2001 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 28 May 200128 May 2001


WorkshopWorkshop on Agents and Internet Learning, AIL 2001


  • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
  • Teaching
  • Embodied agents
  • Virtual reality
  • Music teaching


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