Exploration on context-sensitive affect sensing in an intelligent agent

L. (Li) Zhang

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Virtual drama systems generally promote users’ experience on learning/training. It is even challenging to produce intelligent conversational agents which are capable of engaging in drama performance and responding to human users’ emotion and language effectively and intelligently. In our previous work, we developed an intelligent agent embedded in a text-based improvisational virtual drama system to interact with human users and detect affect from their text input. The detection was solely based on the interpretation of each turn-taking input. In this paper, we further equip the AI agent with the capabilities of the inferences of the improvisational mood of individual characters and emotions embedded in communication context to further verify the affect drawn solely from the analysis of each turn-taking input itself. Evaluations results on context-based affect interpretation are also provided. Our work shows great potentials in employing emotions embedded in the characters and interaction context to provide personalized learning/training experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Intelligent Virtual Agents: 10th International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationIVA 2011
EditorsHannes Vilhjálmsson , Stefan Kopp, Stacy Marsella , Kristinn Thórisson
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Electronic)9783642239748
ISBN (Print)9783642239731
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference Intelligent Virtual Agents - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 15 Sep 201117 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference10th International Conference Intelligent Virtual Agents
Abbreviated titleIVA 2011


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