Cultural Models for Virtual Humans

TitleCultural Models for Virtual Humans
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTraum, D. R.
Conference NameHuman Computer Interaction International (HCII)
Date PublishedJuly 2009
Conference LocationSan Diego, CA.
KeywordsCultural Models., Virtual Humans

In this paper, we survey different types of Models of culture for virtual humans. Virtual humans are artificial agents that include both a visual human-like body and intelligent cognition driving action of the body. Culture
covers a wide range of common knowledge of behavior and communication that can be used in a number of ways including interpreting the meaning of action, establishing identity, expressing meaning, and inference about the performer. We look at several examples of existing cultural models and point out
remaining steps for a more full model of culture.