Date of Award

2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Yuan, Xiaobu (School of Computer Science)

Keywords

Computer Science.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

An Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) is an intelligent agent that interacts with users through verbal and nonverbal expressions. When used as the interface of software applications, the presence of these agents creates a positive impact on user experience. Due to their potential in providing online assistance in areas such as E-Commerce, there is an increasing need to make ECAs more believable for the user, which has been achieved mainly by using realistic facial animation and emotions. This thesis presents a new approach of ECA modeling that empowers intelligent agents with synthesized emotions. This approach applies the Contextual Control Model for the construction of an emotion generator that uses information obtained from dialogue to select one of the four modes for the emotion, i.e., Scrambled, Opportunistic, Tactical, and Strategic mode. The emotions are produced in format of the Ortony Clore &Collins (OCC) model for emotion expressions.

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