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Course 27

Smart(er) Animated Agents
Level 4.5
As real-time characters become almost commonplace, the next challenge is to make those characters interact with real people. Interactions should be through the modalities that real people share, especially language, gesture, and shared perceptions of the world. This course explored several ways to give real-time, animated, embodied characters more intelligence and communication skills so that they can act, react, make decisions, and take initiatives. It also addressed applications to collaborative groups, interactive training, and smarter games.
Norm Badler
University of Pennsylvania
Justine Cassell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Barbara Hayes-Roth
Stanford University
W. Lewis Johnson
Jeff Rickel

University of Southern California
James Lester
North Carolina State University

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