Inhabited interfaces: Attentive conversational agents that help

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    Abstract

    We discuss the role of attentive agents in virtual reality interfaces. This discussion is guided by experiences and experiments with a virtual reality environment we designed and implemented. In this environment we have introduced agents, sometimes embodied, with which the users can communicate using different input modalities. These agents provide information or are able to perform certain transactions or they help the user in finding her way in the virtual environment, allowing a mix of user exploration and guidance. Among the input modalities that are considered are speech, natural language, mouse and keyboard and gaze. Output includes natural language, visual speech, changes in the virtual environment, animations and menus. Gradually this environment evolves to an environment where multiple users and agents live and communicate with each other. Apart from offering different input modalities and attentive agents, in the near future we also hope to be able, based on current experiments, to offer suggestions to the users based on preferences obtained from their user profile and their visit history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings 3rd International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies - ICDVRAT 2000
    EditorsP. Sharkey, A. Cesarani, L. Pugnetti, A. Rizzo
    Place of PublicationReading, UK
    PublisherUniversity of Reading
    Pages225-231
    Number of pages230
    ISBN (Print)0-7049-11-42-6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2000
    Event3rd International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, ICDVRAT 2000 - Alghero, Italy
    Duration: 23 Sep 200025 Sep 2000
    Conference number: 3

    Conference

    Conference3rd International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, ICDVRAT 2000
    Abbreviated titleICDVRAT
    CountryItaly
    CityAlghero
    Period23/09/0025/09/00

    Keywords

    • HMI-SLT: Speech and Language Technology

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