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But that was in another country: agents and intercultural empathy

Aylett, Ruth, Vannini, Natalie, Andre, Elisabeth, Paiva, Ana, Enz, Sibylle and Hall, Lynne (2009) But that was in another country: agents and intercultural empathy. In: Proceedings of The 8th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems - Volume 1. AAMAS '09 . International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Richland, SC, pp. 329-336. ISBN 978-0-9817381-6-1

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This paper discusses the development of a believable agent-based educational application designed to develop inter-cultural empathy for 13-14 year old students. It considers relevant work in cultural taxonomy and adaptation to other cultures as well as work showing that users are sensitive to the perceived culture of believable interactive characters. It discusses how an existing affective agent architecture was developed to model culturally- specific agent behaviour. Finally, it considers the role of interaction modalities in supporting an empathic engagement with culturally-specific characters.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: applications, virtual agents (models of personality, emotions and social behavior)
Depositing User: Lynne Hall


Item ID: 1219
ISBN: 978-0-9817381-6-1
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Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 11:06
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:32


Author: Lynne Hall ORCID iD
Author: Ruth Aylett
Author: Natalie Vannini
Author: Elisabeth Andre
Author: Ana Paiva
Author: Sibylle Enz

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Faculty of Technology > FOT Executive


Computing > Artificial Intelligence
Computing > Games Design
Computing > Human-Computer Interaction

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