EMMA: an automated intelligent actor in e-drama

Zhang, Li, Gillies, Marco and Barnden, John (2008) EMMA: an automated intelligent actor in e-drama. In: IUI '08: Proceedings of the 13th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 409-412. ISBN 978-1595939876

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1378773.1378842


We report work on adding an improvisational AI actor and 3D emotional animation to an existing edrama program, a system for dramatic improvisation in simple virtual scenarios. The improvisational AI actor has an affect-detection component, aimed at detecting affective aspects of human-controlled characters' textual input. It also makes an appropriate response to stimulate the improvisation based on this affective understanding. A distinctive feature of our work is a focus on the metaphorical ways in which affect is conveyed. Moreover, we have also introduced how the detected affective states activate the animation engine to produce emotional gestures for human-controlled characters. Finally, we report user testing conducted for the AI actor. Our work contributes to the conference themes on affective user interfaces, natural language processing and emotionally believable gesture generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented at IUI '08 : proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Gran Canaria, Spain, January 13-16, 2008.
Subjects: G700 Artificial Intelligence
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Howells
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 12:50
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 23:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128

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