Speed dating with an affective virtual agent - Developing a testbed for emotion models

Matthijs Pontier, Ghazanfar Siddiqui, Johannes Ferdinand Hoorn

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In earlier studies, user involvement with an embodied software agent and willingness to use that agent were partially determined by the aesthetics of the design and the moral fiber of the character. We used these empirical results to model agents that in their turn would build up affect for their users much the same way as humans do for agents. Through simulations, we tested these models for internal consistency and were successful in establishing the relationships among the factors as suggested by the earlier user studies. This paper reports on the first confrontation of our agent system with real users to check whether users recognize that our agents function in similar ways as humans do. Through a structured questionnaire, users informed us whether our agents evaluated the user's aesthetics and moral stance while building up a level of involvement with the user and a degree of willingness to interact with the user again.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 10th International Conference, IVA 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2010 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 20 Sep 201022 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6356 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA


  • Cognitive Modeling
  • Emotion Modeling
  • Empirical Testing
  • Speed Dating
  • Virtual Humans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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