Fully generated scripted dialogue for embodied agents

Abstract

This paper presents the NECA approach to the generation of dialogues between Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). This approach consist of the automated constructtion of an abstract script for an entire dialogue (cast in terms of dialogue acts), which is incrementally enhanced by a series of modules and finally ”performed” by means of text, speech and body language, by a cast of ECAs. The approach makes it possible to automatically produce a large variety of highly expressive dialogues, some of whose essential properties are under the control of a user. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of NECA’s approach to Fully Generated Scripted Dialogue (FGSD), and explains the main techniques used in the two demonstrators that were built. The paper can be read as a survey of issues and techniques in the construction of ECAs, focussing on the generation of behaviour (i.e., focussing on information presentation) rather than on interpretation.

DOI: 10.1016/j.artint.2008.02.002

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@article{Deemter2008FullyGS, title={Fully generated scripted dialogue for embodied agents}, author={Kees van Deemter and Brigitte Krenn and Paul Piwek and Martin Klesen and Marc Schr{\"{o}der and Stefan Baumann}, journal={Artif. Intell.}, year={2008}, volume={172}, pages={1219-1244} }