Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch: “Modeling social inference in virtual agents”

July 2, 2007 | Trento, Italy

Speaker: Wenji Mao, Jonathan Gratch
Host: Workshop on Social Intelligence Design (SID 2007)

Social judgment is a social inference process whereby an agent singles out individuals to blame or credit for multi-agent activities. Such inferences are a key aspect of social intelligence that underlie social planning, social learning, natural language pragmatics and computational models of emotion. With the advance of multi-agent interactive systems and the need of designing socially aware systems and interfaces to interact with people, it is increasingly important to model this human-centric form of social inference. Based on psychological attribution theory, this paper presents a general computational framework to automate social inference based on an agent�s causal knowledge and observations of interaction.