Fully generated scripted dialogue for embodied agents

van Deemter, Kees; Krenn, Brigitte; Piwek, Paul; Klesen, Martin; Schröder, Marc and Baumann, Stefan (2008). Fully generated scripted dialogue for embodied agents. Artificial Intelligence, 172(10) pp. 1219–1244.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.artint.2008.02.002


This paper presents the NECA approach to the generation of dialogues between Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). This approach consist of the automated construction of an abstract script for an entire dialogue (cast in terms of dialogue acts), which is incrementally enhanced by a series of modules and finally ''performed'' by means of text, speech and body language, by a cast of ECAs. The approach makes it possible to automatically produce a large variety of highly expressive dialogues, some of whose essential properties are under the control of a user. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of NECA's approach to Fully Generated Scripted Dialogue (FGSD), and explains the main techniques used in the two demonstrators that were built. The paper can be read as a survey of issues and techniques in the construction of ECAs, focusing on the generation of behaviour (i.e., focusing on information presentation) rather than on interpretation.

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