Towards Truly Autonomous Synthetic Characters with the Sigma Cognitive Architecture (bibtex)
by Volkan Ustun, Paul Rosenbloom
Abstract:
Realism is required not only for how synthetic characters look but also for how they behave. Many applications, such as simulations, virtual worlds, and video games, require computational models of intelligence that generate realistic and credible behavior for the participating synthetic characters. Sigma (Σ) is being built as a computational model of general intelligence with a long-term goal of understanding and replicating the architecture of the mind; i.e., the fixed structure underlying intelligent behavior. Sigma leverages probabilistic graphical models towards a uniform grand unification of not only traditional cognitive capabilities but also key non-cognitive aspects, creating unique opportunities for the construction of new kinds of non-modular behavioral models. These ambitions strive for the complete control of synthetic characters that behave as humanly as possible. In this paper, Sigma is introduced along with two disparate proof-of-concept virtual humans – one conversational and the other a pair of ambulatory agents – that demonstrate its diverse capabilities.
Reference:
Towards Truly Autonomous Synthetic Characters with the Sigma Cognitive Architecture (Volkan Ustun, Paul Rosenbloom), Chapter in Integrating Cognitive Architectures into Virtual Character Design, IGI Global, 2016.
Bibtex Entry:
@incollection{ustun_towards_2016,
	address = {Hershey, PA},
	title = {Towards {Truly} {Autonomous} {Synthetic} {Characters} with the {Sigma} {Cognitive} {Architecture}},
	isbn = {978-1-5225-0454-2},
	url = {http://services.igi-global.com/resolvedoi/resolve.aspx?doi=10.4018/978-1-5225-0454-2},
	abstract = {Realism is required not only for how synthetic characters look but also for how they behave. Many applications, such as simulations, virtual worlds, and video games, require computational models of intelligence that generate realistic and credible behavior for the participating synthetic characters. Sigma (Σ) is being built as a computational model of general intelligence with a long-term goal of understanding and replicating the architecture of the mind; i.e., the fixed structure underlying intelligent behavior. Sigma leverages probabilistic graphical models towards a uniform grand unification of not only traditional cognitive capabilities but also key non-cognitive aspects, creating unique opportunities for the construction of new kinds of non-modular behavioral models. These ambitions strive for the complete control of synthetic characters that behave as humanly as possible. In this paper, Sigma is introduced along with two disparate proof-of-concept virtual humans – one conversational and the other a pair of ambulatory agents – that demonstrate its diverse capabilities.},
	booktitle = {Integrating {Cognitive} {Architectures} into {Virtual} {Character} {Design}},
	publisher = {IGI Global},
	author = {Ustun, Volkan and Rosenbloom, Paul},
	month = jun,
	year = {2016},
	keywords = {CogArch, Virtual Humans, UARC},
	pages = {213 -- 237}
}
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