25. Life-Like, Believable Communication Agents

Full Day / Intermediate

This course is designed to give attendees a clear idea of how humans will be able to interact and communicate with computer agents of the future in a natural and life-like manner. The course first discusses the concept and characteristics of "believable" communication agents. Various state-of-the-art technologies are then presented with an emphasis on how they can be integrated with computer graphics technologies to realize next-generation agents.

Who Should Attend
Researchers who are interested in computer agents, especially investigators who have a background in computer vision and computer graphics and are willing to utilize computer agents.

Ryohei Nakatsu
ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories

Kenji Mase
ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories

Naoko Tosa
ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories

Shigeo Morishima
Seikei University

Alex Pentland
Justine Cassell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ken Perlin
New York University


8:30 am: Introductions - Nakatsu

What are "life-like, believable computer agents"?
Overview of key technologies for believable computer agents

9:00 am: Integration of multi-modalities - Pentland

Several aspects of multi-modal communications
Visual/auditory environment understanding by agents
Multi-modal communication scheme between humans and agents

10:00 am: Break

10:15 am: Integration of multi-modalities (continued) - Pentland

10:45 am: Artistic expression of agents - Tosa

Artistic representation of agents
Emotional behaviors of agents
How to combine artistic taste with technologies?

12:00 noon: Break

1:30 pm: Verbal/Nonverbal communication - Cassell

Speech generation
Speech with appropriate intonation
Generation of hand gesture and facial expression paired with speech

2:30 pm: Communications by facial expressions and gestures - Morishima

Facial expression recognition
Gesture recognition
Synchronization of facial expression and speech production

3:00 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Communications by facial expressions and gestures (continued) - Morishima

3:45 pm: Reactive and improvisatorial behaviors of agents - Perlin

Reactive aspects of agent behaviors
Mechanism of improvisation among agents
Subsumptive action of multi-agents

Course Notes

The Relationship between Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior in Autonomous Communicating Agents, by Justine Cassell, is missing from the printed notes. A PDF version can be downloaded here (Adobe Acrobat PDF, 240KB).

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