Agents United: An Open Platform for Multi-Agent Conversational Systems

Tessa Beinema, Daniel Davison, Dennis Reidsma, Oresti Banos, Merijn Bruijnes, Brice Donval, Álvaro Fides Valero, Dirk Heylen, Dennis Hofs, Gerwin Huizing, Reshamashree B. Kantharaju, Randy Klaassen, Jan Kolkmeier, Kostas Konsolakis, Alison Pease, Catherine Pelachaud, Donatella Simonetti, Mark Snaith, Vicente Traver, Jorien Van LoonJacky Visser, Marcel Weusthof, Fajrian Yunus, Hermie Hermens, Harm op den Akker

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The development of applications with intelligent virtual agents (IVA) often comes with integration of multiple complex components. In this article we present the Agents United Platform: an open source platform that researchers and developers can use as a starting point to setup their own multi-IVA applications. The new platform provides developers with a set of integrated components in a sense-remember-think-act architecture. Integrated components are a sensor framework, memory component, Topic Selection Engine, interaction manager (Flipper), two dialogue execution engines, and two behaviour realisers (ASAP and GRETA) of which the agents can seamlessly interact with each other. This article discusses the platform and its individual components. It also highlights some of the novelties that arise from the integration of components and elaborates on directions for future work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIVA '21
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8619-7
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2021
Event21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 14 Sept 202117 Sept 2021
Conference number: 21


Conference21st ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2021
Abbreviated titleIVA 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Coaching
  • Multi-agent system
  • Open source platform
  • Social conversational agents


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