Bill Swartout: “Ada and Grace: Toward Realistic and Engaging Virtual Museum Guides”

September 20, 2010 | Philadelphia, PA

Speaker: Bill Swartout
Host: The International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

To increase the interest and engagement of middle school students in science and technology, the InterFaces project has created virtual museum guides that are in use at the Museum of Science, Boston. The characters use natural language interaction and have near photoreal appearance to increase engagement. The paper presents an evaluation of natural language performance and presents reports from museum staff on visitor reaction.