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We discuss the experience of constructing the application FearNot! (Fun with Empathic Agents Reaching Novel Outcomes in Teaching), an application of virtual drama to anti-bullying education inspired by Forum Theatre. An appraisal-driven agent architecture is presented as a mechanism for generating an emergent, that is, unscripted, narrative. A small-scale(More)
This paper discusses FearNot, a virtual learning environment populated by synthetic characters aimed at the 8-12 year old age group for the exploration of bullying and coping strategies. Currently, FearNot is being redesigned from a lab-based prototype into a classroom tool. In this paper we focus on informing the design of the characters and of the virtual(More)
Virtual environments are often populated by autonomous synthetic agents capable of acting and interacting with other agents as well as with humans. These virtual worlds also include objects that may have different uses and types of interactions. As such, these agents need to identify possible interactions with the objects in the environment and measure the(More)
FantasyA is a role-playing game where emotions are part of the game logic. SenToy is a tangible interface device [2], used to influence emotional behaviour in FantasyA. Players in the game FantasyA have to master SenToy and exhibit a particular set of emotions and perform a set of actions in order to evolve in the game [3]. A study was undertaken to gauge(More)
This demo features FearNot!, a school-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) populated by synthetic characters representing the various actors in a bullying scenario. FearNot! uses emergent narrative to create improvised dramas with those characters. The goal is to enable children to explore bullying issues, and coping strategies, interacting with(More)
As virtual characters become more autonomous, their use in interactive drama is growing. By creating interesting and well authored personalities, these characters are able to interact with each other and create appealing non-scripted stories. As with any other story, we may want to re-tell it or create a summary of the essential parts. Our goal was to(More)
In this paper we describe a way of controlling the emotional states of a synthetic character in a game (FantasyA) through a tangible interface named SenToy. SenToy is a doll with sensors in the arms, legs and body, allowing the user to influence the emotions of her character in the game. The user performs gestures and movements with SenToy, which are picked(More)
We describe CMION, an open source architecture for coordinating the various sensors and effectors of an artificial intelligent agent with its mind, i.e. the high level decision making processes. The architecture was designed to work for virtual graphical agents, including those on mobile devices, as well as robots. Its built-in migration feature allows a(More)
This paper describes the development of P apous, a Virtual Storyteller. Our ultimate goal is to obtain a synthetic character that tells stories in an expressive and believable way, just as a real human storyteller would do. In this paper we describe the first version of Papous, our virtual storyteller. Papous can be seen as a virtual narrator who reads a(More)