Marco Vala

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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)
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 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)
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)