Embodied Agents: A New Impetus to Humor Research

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    In this paper we survey the role of humor in human-to-human interaction with the aim to see whether it is useful for embodied conversational agents to integrate humor capabilities in their internal model of intelligence, emotions and interaction (verbal and nonverbal) capabilities. For that reason we shortly survey the current state of the art of research in embodied conversational agents, affective computing and verbal and nonverbal interaction. We adhere to the ‘Computers Are Social Actors’ paradigm to assume that human conversational partners of embodied conversational agents assign human properties to these agents, including humor appreciation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTWLT20 : the April Fools' Day workshop on computation humor
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the twentieth Twente Workshop on Language Technology, April 15-16, 2002, Trento, Italy
    EditorsOliviero Stock, Carolo Strapparava
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherUniversiteit Twente
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    Event20th Twente Workshop on Language Technology, TWLT 2002: The April Fools' Day Workshop op Computational Humour - Trento, Italy
    Duration: 15 Apr 200216 Apr 2002
    Conference number: 20


    Workshop20th Twente Workshop on Language Technology, TWLT 2002
    Abbreviated titleTWLT


    • EWI-6661
    • Affective Computing
    • Humor
    • Non-verbal communication
    • Embodied Conversational Agents
    • IR-66302
    • METIS-211451

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