A cognitive model of social relations for artificial companions

Florian Pecune, Magalie Ochs, Catherine Pelachaud

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Artificial companions are made to establish and maintain long-term relationships with users. In order to model the companion's social relations and to capture its dynamics, we propose a neural network model based on a formal representation of social relations. Based on psychological theories, we characterize social relations over two dimensions, namely liking and dominance. These two dimensions are formally described as a combination of beliefs and goals of the agent's mental state. Such a model allows us to automatically compute the social relation of a virtual agent towards its interlocutor depending on its beliefs and goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 14th International Conference, IVA 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9783319097664
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2014 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2014 Aug 272014 Aug 29

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8637 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


  • artificial companions
  • social dynamics
  • social relations
  • Virtual agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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