Robot Improv: Using drama to create believable agents

Frank Broz, Jonathan Knight, Sam Listopad, Brian Magerko, and Illah Nourbakhsh
Proceedings of ICRA 2000, May, 2000, pp. 4002 - 4008.


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Abstract
Believable agents usually depend upon explicit, model-based simulations of human emotions. This work appeals instead to the sensibilities of dramatic acting to create agents that are believable. The chosen task is that of comedy improvisation as it provides a solid demonstration of the agents' believability in the context of a high-level deliberative goal. Furthermore, this work employs physical robots as the actors, employing the real-time sensor values from the robots as inputs into the acting process. This paper describes the dramatic approach to acting that we used and describes the Java-based implementation on two Nomad Scout robots. Actual, improvised scripts created by the robots are included and analyzed.

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Frank Broz, Jonathan Knight, Sam Listopad, Brian Magerko, and Illah Nourbakhsh, "Robot Improv: Using drama to create believable agents," Proceedings of ICRA 2000, May, 2000, pp. 4002 - 4008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Broz_2000_3477,
   author = "Frank Broz and Jonathan Knight and Sam Listopad and Brian Magerko and Illah Nourbakhsh",
   title = "Robot Improv: Using drama to create believable agents",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of ICRA 2000",
   pages = "4002 - 4008",
   month = "May",
   year = "2000",
   volume = "4",
}