Designing for friendship: Becoming friends with your ECA

Bas Stronks, A. Marriott (Editor), Antinus Nijholt, C. Pelachaud (Editor), P.E. van der Vet, T. Rist (Editor), Dirk K.J. Heylen, Z.M. Ruttkay (Editor), H. Vilhjalmsson (Editor)

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    This paper is about the design of Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). In this field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the design of ECAs, or ‘virtual humans’, and the communication between those agents and human users is the main object of our research. A lot of effort is put into research to make ECAs more lifelike and believable and to make communication with ECAs more effective, efficient, and more fun. In order to do so, the idea was to make the agent more actively concerned with the relationship with the user. As a ‘lay psychologist’, we all know that people that you like (or your friends) are able to help you better, teach you better, and generally are more fun to interact with, than people that you don’t like. However, ’liking’ is person dependent. Not everybody likes the same person, and one person is not liked by everyone. These observations sparked our interest in the application, effects, and design of a ‘virtual friend’. An agent that observes it’s user, and adapts it’s personality, appearance and behavior according to the (implicit) likes and dislikes of the user, in order to ‘become friends’ with the user and create an affective interpersonal relationship. This agent might have additional benefits over a ‘normal’ Embodied Conversational Agent in areas such as computer assisted teaching and entertainment.
    Original languageUndefined
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2002
    EventWorkshop Embodied Conversational Agents - Let's specify and evaluate them!, AMAAS 2002 - Bologna, Italy
    Duration: 15 Jul 200215 Jul 2002


    WorkshopWorkshop Embodied Conversational Agents - Let's specify and evaluate them!, AMAAS 2002
    Other15 July 2002


    • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents
    • EWI-6676
    • IR-63371

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