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A new approach to social behavior simulation: the mask model

Osborne, Francesco (2011). A new approach to social behavior simulation: the mask model. In: Interactive Storytelling, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 97–108.

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This paper proposes a new perspective, based on the concept of social masks, for the simulation of a realistic NPC (Non-Player Character) behavior. The Mask Model goal is to support AI techniques for autonomous agents by encouraging or discouraging behaviors according to the social environment and by providing knowledge about possible reactions to the agent actions. In this approach, the NPC tendencies are controlled by the interactions of three overlapping mask layers: self- perception layer, social layer and interpersonal layer. The masks mould the tendencies, the feelings and the ethics of a NPC. By changing the links between characters and masks, a wide variety of different behaviors and story-lines may arise. The paper present an algorithm for the selection of the actions and an example implementation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3-642-25288-5, 978-3-642-25288-4
ISSN: 0302-9743
Extra Information: Fourth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2011, Vancouver, Canada, November 28 – 1 December, 2011. Proceedings
Keywords: virtual character; NPC; social behavior; social behaviour; autonomous agents; emergent narrative; digital storytelling
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 40548
Depositing User: Francesco Osborne
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 13:54
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:24
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