Conversational Agents, Humorous Act Construction, and Social Intelligence

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    Humans use humour to ease communication problems in human-human interaction and in a similar way humour can be used to solve communication problems that arise with human-computer interaction. We discuss the role of embodied conversational agents in human-computer interaction and we have observations on the generation of humorous acts and on the appropriateness of displaying them by embodied conversational agents in order to smoothen, when necessary, their interactions with a human partner. The humorous acts we consider are generated spontaneously. They are the product of an appraisal of the conversational situation and the possibility to generate a humorous act from the elements that make up this conversational situation, in particular the interaction history of the conversational partners.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings AISB 2005: Social Intelligence and Interaction in Animals, Robots and Agents. Symposium on Conversational Informatics for Supporting Social Intelligence and Interaction - Situational and Environmental Information Enforcing Involvement in Conve
    EditorsK. Dautenhahn
    Place of PublicationHatfield, England
    PublisherThe Society for the Study of AI and the Simulation of Behav.
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)1-902956-45-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/507422
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/506811
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP5/30039

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