Document Type thesis Author Name Coon, William MacDowell Email Address willcoon at gmail.com URN etd-082012-181747 Title A Computational Model for Building Relationships Between Humans and Virtual Agents Degree MS Department Computer Science Advisors Charles Rich, Advisor Candace Sidner, Advisor Sonia Chernova, Reader Craig Wills, Department Head Keywords relationship modeling artificial intelligence virtual agents relationships Date of Presentation/Defense 2012-08-06 Availability unrestricted
As artificially intelligent agents become more advanced, they will require corresponding advances in social capability. In particular, they will require an understanding of the development of relationships. This work is intended to aid in addressing this need. We have developed a model of the development of relationships, designed and implemented a planning module based on this model, and performed an evaluation study verifying the functionality of the model and implementation. This should provide a foundation for future work in developing artificially intelligent agents capable of appropriately dealing with the development of social relationships.
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