What Kind of Stories Should a Virtual Human Swap? (bibtex)
by Setareh Nasihati Gilani, Kraig Sheetz, Gale Lucas, David Traum
Abstract:
Stories are pervasive in conversation between people [5]. They are used to establish identity pass on cultural heritage, and build rapport. Often stories are swapped when one conversational participant will reply to a story with a story. Stories are also told by virtual humans [1, 6, 2]. In creating or mining stories for a virtual human (VH) to tell, there are a number of considerations that come up about what kinds of stories should be told, and how the stories should be related to the virtual human's identity, such as whether the identity should be human or arti⬚cial, and whether the stories should be about the virtual human or about someone else. We designed a set of virtual human characters who can engage in a simple form of story-swapping. Each of the characters can engage in simple interactions such as greetings and closings and can respond to a set of \textbackslashice-breaker" questions, that might be used on a ⬚rst date or similar \textbackslashget to know you" encounter. For these questions the character's answer includes a story. We created 4 character response sets, to have all combinations of identity (human or arti⬚cial) and perspective (⬚rst person stories about the narrator, or third person stories about someone else). We also designed an experiment to try to explore the collective impact of above principles on people who interact with the characters. Participants interact with two of the above characters in a "get to know you" scenario. We investigate the degree of reciprocity where people respond to the character with their own stories, and also compare rapport of participants with the characters as well as the impressions of the character's personality.
Reference:
What Kind of Stories Should a Virtual Human Swap? (Setareh Nasihati Gilani, Kraig Sheetz, Gale Lucas, David Traum), In Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems, International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2016.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{nasihati_gilani_what_2016,
	address = {Singapore},
	title = {What {Kind} of {Stories} {Should} a {Virtual} {Human} {Swap}?},
	isbn = {978-1-4503-4239-1},
	url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2937198},
	abstract = {Stories are pervasive in conversation between people [5]. They are used to establish identity pass on cultural heritage, and build rapport. Often stories are swapped when one conversational participant will reply to a story with a story.
Stories are also told by virtual humans [1, 6, 2]. In creating or mining stories for a virtual human (VH) to tell, there are a number of considerations that come up about what kinds of stories should be told, and how the stories should be related to the virtual human's identity, such as whether the identity should be human or arti⬚cial, and whether the stories should be about the virtual human or about someone else. 
We designed a set of virtual human characters who can engage in a simple form of story-swapping. Each of the characters can engage in simple interactions such as greetings and closings and can respond to a set of {\textbackslash}ice-breaker" questions, that might be used on a ⬚rst date or similar {\textbackslash}get to know you" encounter. For these questions the character's answer includes a story. We created 4 character response sets, to have all combinations of identity (human or arti⬚cial) and perspective (⬚rst person stories about the narrator, or third person stories about someone else). We also designed an experiment to try to explore the collective impact of above principles on people who interact with the characters. Participants interact with two of the above characters in a "get to know you" scenario. We investigate the degree of reciprocity where people respond to the character with their own stories, and also compare rapport of participants with the characters as well as the impressions of the character's
personality.},
	booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2016 {International} {Conference} on {Autonomous} {Agents} \& {Multiagent} {Systems}},
	publisher = {International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems},
	author = {Nasihati Gilani, Setareh and Sheetz, Kraig and Lucas, Gale and Traum, David},
	month = may,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {UARC, Virtual Humans},
	pages = {1437--1438}
}
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