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eDrama: Facilitating online role-play using emotionally expressive avatars

Dhaliwal, Kulwant; Gillies, Marco; O’Connor, John; Oldroyd, Amanda; Robertson, Dale; Zhang, Li; (2007) eDrama: Facilitating online role-play using emotionally expressive avatars. In: Olivier, P. and Aylett, R., (eds.) Proceedings of the AISB Workshop on Language, Speech and Gesture for Expressive Characters. The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour: Leeds, UK. Green open access


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Introduction: This paper describes the results of a user study of a multi-user role-playing environment ‘edrama’, which enables groups of people to converse online, in scenario driven virtual environments. Hi8us’ edrama system is a 2D graphical environment in which users are represented by static cartoon like avatars. An application has been developed to enable the integration of the existing edrama tool with several new software components to support avatars with emotionally expressive behaviours, rendered in a 3D environment. In this paper we describe a user trial that demonstrates that the changes made improve the quality of social interaction and users' sense of presence.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: eDrama: Facilitating online role-play using emotionally expressive avatars
ISBN: 1 902956 39 0
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Adastral Park
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4855
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