An agent-based virtual theatre community

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    We discuss our research on designing, implementing and using a virtual (VRML) environment where visitors of the main local theatres in our city can get information about performances and performing artists. Presently visitors can talk to theatre employees (agents) in order to obtain this information and they can get help from a navigation agent in order to explore visualized information (the theatre building, seats that are available, previews of performances). The virtual environment has a multi-agent platform for defining communicating agents and the interaction is multimodal (keyboard natural language, speech synthesis and recognition, menu items, clickable objects). Current and future research aims at extending this environment to a multi-user environment where users can discuss performances, advise others and can employ multi-media retrieval tools. We shortly survey more fundamental research (done by ourselves and others) that is needed to realize this environment. In particular we look at communication with and between (embodied) agents (representing both users and theatre employees).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLocalNets
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Workshop on Community-Based Interactive Systems, Siena, 1999
    EditorsKostas Stathis
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherImperial College Press
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
    EventLocal Nets: International Workshop on Community-based Interactive Systems - Siena, Italy
    Duration: 20 Oct 199920 Oct 1999


    WorkshopLocal Nets: International Workshop on Community-based Interactive Systems
    Other20 October 1999


    • HMI-VRG: Virtual Reality and Graphics
    • Virtual reality
    • Virtual environments
    • Multi-agents
    • Multi-modal Interaction
    • Web theatre community


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