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Author NameCoon, William MacDowell
Email Address willcoon at gmail.com
TitleA Computational Model for Building Relationships Between Humans and Virtual Agents
DepartmentComputer Science
  • Charles Rich, Advisor
  • Candace Sidner, Advisor
  • Sonia Chernova, Reader
  • Craig Wills, Department Head
  • Keywords
  • relationship modeling
  • artificial intelligence
  • virtual agents
  • relationships
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2012-08-06
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    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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