Computers that smile: Humor in the interface

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    It is certainly not the case that wen we consider research on the role of human characteristics in the user interface of computers that no attention has been paid to the role of humor. However, when we compare efforts in this area with efforts and experiments that attempt to demonstrate the positive role of general emotion modelling in the user interface, then we must conclude that this attention is still low. As we all know, sometimes the computer is a source of frustration rather than a source of enjoyment. And indeed we see research projects that aim at recognizing a user’s frustration, rather than his enjoyment. However, rather than detecting frustration, and maybe reacting on it in a humorous way, we would like to prevent frustration by making interaction with a computer more natural and more enjoyable. For that reason we are working on multimodal interaction and embodied conversational agents. In the interaction with embodied conversational agents verbal and nonverbal communication are equally important. Multimodal emotion display and detection are among our advanced research issues, and investigations in the role of humor in human-computer interaction is one of them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformal proceedings CHI'02 Workshop - Funology: Designing Enjoyment
    EditorsM. Blyth
    Place of PublicationMinneapolis, MN, USA
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2002
    EventInformal proceedings CHI-02 Workshop - Funology: Designing Enjoyment - Minneapolis, USA
    Duration: 21 Apr 200221 Apr 2002


    WorkshopInformal proceedings CHI-02 Workshop - Funology: Designing Enjoyment
    Other21 April 2002


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