Virtual Human Toolkit Tutorial

August 24, 2015 | Delft, Netherlands

Speaker: Arno Hartholt
Host: Fifteenth International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA 2015)

In order to reach the full potential that intelligent virtual agents offer, they not only require a range of individual capabilities, but also for these to be integrated into a single framework that allows us to efficiently create characters that can engage users in meaningful and realistic social interactions. This integration requires in-depth, inter-disciplinary understanding few individuals, or even teams of individuals, possess. The ICT Virtual Human Toolkit helps to address this challenge by offering a flexible framework for exploring a variety of different types of virtual human systems. Due to its modularity, the Toolkit allows researchers to mix and match provided capabilities with their own, lowering the barrier of entry to this multi-disciplinary research challenge.

This tutorial focuses on 1) the general architectural concepts supporting the Toolkit, 2) how to install and run the Toolkit main example, 3) how to create your own basic character, and 4) pointers on how to extend the Toolkit and/or use its capabilities within your own work.