Integrating argumentation with social conversation between multiple virtual coaches

Reshmashree B. Kantharaju*, Alison Pease, Dennis Reidsma, Catherine Pelachaud, Mark Snaith, Merijn Bruijnes, Randy Klaassen, Tessa Beinema, Gerwin Huizing, Donatella Simonetti, Dirk Heylen, Harm op den Akker

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    This paper presents progress and challenges in developing a platform for multi-character, argumentation based, interaction with a group of virtual coaches for healthcare advice and promotion of healthy behaviours. Several challenges arise in the development of such a platform, e. g., choosing the most effective way of utilising argumentation between the coaches with multiple perspectives, handling the presentation of these perspectives and finally, the personalisation and adaptation of the platform to the user types. In this paper, we present the three main challenges recognized, and show how we aim to address these.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIVA 2019 - Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450366724
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
    Event19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2019 - Paris, France
    Duration: 2 Jul 20195 Jul 2019
    Conference number: 19


    Conference19th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2019
    Abbreviated titleIVA 2019
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    • Argumentation
    • E-Coaching
    • Social Conversation

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