Evaluating social attitudes of a virtual tutor

Florian Pecune*, Angelo Cafaro, Magalie Ochs, Catherine Pelachaud

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In this paper we evaluate a model of social decision-making for virtual agents. The model computes the social attitude of a virtual agent given its social role during the interaction and its social relation toward the interactant. The resulting attitude influences the agent’s social goals and therefore determines the decisions made by the agent in terms of actions and communicative intentions to accomplish. We conducted an empirical study in the context of virtual tutor-child interaction where participants evaluated the tutor’s perceived social attitude towards the child while the tutor’s social role and relation were manipulated by our model. Results showed that both role and social relation have an influence on the agent’s perceived social attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 16th International Conference, IVA 2016, Proceedings
EditorsPeter Khooshabeh, David Traum, William Swartout, Stefan Scherer, Anton Leuski, Stefan Kopp
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319476643
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2016 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2016 Sept 202016 Sept 23

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10011 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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