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Issue No. 05 - September/October (2006 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1541-1672
pp: 47-53
Herwin van Welbergen , University of Twente
Anton Nijholt , University of Twente
Dennis Reidsma , University of Twente
Job Zwiers , University of Twente
Multiparty-interaction technology is changing entertainment, education, and training. Deployed examples of such technology include embodied agents and robots that act as a museum guide, a news presenter, a teacher, a receptionist, or someone trying to sell you insurance, homes, or tickets. In all these cases, the embodied agent needs to explain and describe. This article describes the design of a 3D virtual presenter that uses different output channels (including speech and animation of posture, pointing, and involuntary movements) to present and explain. The behavior is scripted and synchronized with a 2D display containing associated text and regions (slides, drawings, and paintings) at which the presenter can point. This article is part of a special issue on interactive entertainment.
multimodal generation, embodied conversational agents, virtual reality, presenting

J. Zwiers, H. van Welbergen, A. Nijholt and D. Reidsma, "Presenting in Virtual Worlds: An Architecture for a 3D Anthropomorphic Presenter," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 47-53, 2006.
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