Avatars in conversation: The importance of simulating territorial behavior

Claudio Pedica*, Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson, Marta Lárusdóttir

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Is it important to model human social territoriality in simulated conversations? Here we address this question by evaluating the believability of avatars' virtual conversations powered by our simulation of territorial behaviors. Participants were asked to watch two videos and answer survey questions to compare them. The videos showed the same scene with and without our technology. The results support the hypothesis that simulating territorial behaviors can increase believability. Furthermore, there is evidence that our simulation of small scale group dynamics for conversational territories is a step in the right direction, even though there is still a large margin for improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 10th International Conference, IVA 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2010 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 20 Sept 201022 Sept 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6356 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments. We are grateful to Jina Lee, Brent Lance and Stacy Marsella for web survey ideas. Big thanks to the CADIA team, but special thanks to Ankell Logi for web work. This was supported by the Humanoid Agents in Social Game Environments Grant of Excellence from The Icelandic Research Fund.


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