David Traum: “Cultural Models for Virtual Humans”

July 19, 2009 | San Diego, CA

Speaker: David Traum
Host: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

In this paper, we survey different types of Models of culture for virtual humans. Virtual humans are artificial agents that include both a visual human-like body and intelligent cognition driving action of the body. Culture covers a wide range of common knowledge of behavior and communication that can be used in a number of ways including interpreting the meaning of action, establishing identity, expressing meaning, and inference about the performer. We look at several examples of existing cultural models and point out remaining steps for a more full model of culture.