Thomas Holz

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This paper details a framework for mixed reality agents, i.e. agents that exist in both the real and virtual space. These agents combine the physical presence of a robot with the adaptability and expressivity of a virtual character. The objective is to blur the traditional boundaries between the real and the virtual and provide a standardised methodology(More)
As robots become more and more embedded in our physical and social environment, their integration into our social interaction space necessitates mechanisms which manage these new social contexts. While considerable work has been invested in developing strong human-like robots in order to arguably augment the human-robot interaction experience, the core(More)
Traditionally, social interaction research has concentrated on either fully virtually embodied agents (e.g. embodied conversational agents) or fully physically embodied agents (e.g. robots). For some time, however, both areas have started augmenting their agents' capabilities for social interaction using ubiquitous and intelligent environments. We are(More)
In recent years, an increasing number of Mixed Reality (MR) applications have been developed using agent technology — both for the underlying software and as an interface metaphor. However, no unifying field or theory currently exists that can act as a common frame of reference for these varied works. As a result, much duplication of research is evidenced(More)
This paper details a framework for explicit deliberative control of socially and physically situated agents in virtual, real and mixed reality environments. The objective is to blur the traditional boundaries between the real and the virtual and provide a standardized methodology for intelligent agent control specifically designed for social interaction.(More)
— While many robotic initiatives now share the thesis that robots are a compelling instance of those artefacts which comprise and deliver smart and ubiquitous environments, reconciling the social interface aspect with pervasiveness and ubiquity still remains a largely unexplored area of research. We argue that specific studies must be carried out to explore(More)