The Next Step towards a Function Markup Language

Dirk K.J. Heylen, S. Kopp, S.C. Marsella, C. Pelachaud, H. Vilhjálmson

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    In order to enable collaboration and exchange of modules for generating multimodal communicative behaviours of robots and virtual agents, the SAIBA initiative envisions the definition of two representation languages. One of these is the Function Markup Language (FML). This language specifies the communicative intent behind an agent’s behaviour. Currently, several research groups have contributed to the discussion on the definition of FML. The discussion reveals agreement on many points but it also points out important issues that need to be dealt with. This paper summarises the current state of affairs in thinking about FML.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents 2008
    EditorsH. Prendinger, J. Lester, M. Ishizuka
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-85482-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2008 - Tokyo, Japan
    Duration: 1 Sep 20083 Sep 2008
    Conference number: 8

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    NumberWP 08-02
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2008
    Abbreviated titleIVA


    • HMI-IA: Intelligent Agents
    • METIS-255128
    • IR-62694
    • EWI-14895

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    Heylen, D. K. J., Kopp, S., Marsella, S. C., Pelachaud, C., & Vilhjálmson, H. (2008). The Next Step towards a Function Markup Language. In H. Prendinger, J. Lester, & M. Ishizuka (Eds.), Intelligent Virtual Agents 2008 (pp. 270-280). [10.1007/978-3-540-85483-8_28] (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; Vol. 5208, No. WP 08-02). Berlin: Springer.