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Jeff Rickel, Jonathan Gratch, Randall Hill, Stacy Marsella, Bill Swartout: “Steve Goes to Bosnia: Towards a New Generation of Virtual Humans for Interactive Experiences”

March 1, 2001 | Palo Alto, CA

Speaker: Jeff Rickel, Jonathan Gratch, Randall Hill, Stacy Marsella, Bill Swartout
Host: AAAI Spring Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Entertainment, 2001

Interactive virtual worlds provide a powerful medium for entertainment and experiential learning. Our goal is to enrich such virtual worlds with virtual humans { autonomous agents that support face-to-face interac- tion with people in these environments in a variety of roles. While supporting face-to-face interaction in vir- tual worlds is a daunting task, this paper argues that the key building blocks are already in place. We pro- pose an ambitious integration of core technologies cen- tered on a common representation of task knowledge, and we describe an implemented virtual world and set of characters for an Army peacekeeping scenario that illustrates our vision.