AS AN ANGEL
In recent years, a certain number of "virtual" creatures have started to populate the Internet and other networks, offering a range of services, from leisure to information search assistance to user-defined preferences filtering.
In very general terms, an assistant is a virtual character which essentially will help users accurately, efficiently and quickly find information over the Web.
The aim of AS AN ANGEL is to create a general-purpose conversational and customisable assistant for Internauts and cellular phone users.
The particular agent is based on the combination of three currently available technologies:
- linguistic engineering and multi-agents programming;
- 3D modelling and facial animation (including lips synchronization and the expression of emotions); body animation and behaviours (including bones animation for the web use);
- voice synthesis and recognition.
The objective of the project is to create a multitask conversational assistant, with an anthropomorphic face and 3D animations of the character’s body that is able to dialogue in a natural way with its user in order to enable them to interact more effectively with the Internet and its environment: cellular phones, computers, organizers, televisions, smart houses, smart home devices, intelligent cars etc..
This particular version of a virtual agent is suitable to be applicable to a vast range of tasks: navigate users through the Web, help them surfing a given portal or filling in online forms and templates, support them in Web marketing promotion activities.
Conversational interaction allows users to naturally interact with the virtual character, which shows human-like behavior such as turn exchange, facial expressions, gestures and conventional body postures.