Project No. IST-2000-28580 (EU Information Society Technologies Programme)
Duration 2.5 years (starting date: October 2001)
Goal The objective of the project is to develop a new, more sophisticated generation of conversational agents: on-line beings which are able to speak and act like humans. The project focuses on communication between animated characters that exhibit credible personality traits and affective behaviour. [project overview]
Project Partners
  • DFKI GmbH (German Research Centre for AI)
  • Freeserve
  • IPUS (Institute of Phonetics, University of the Saarland)
  • ITRI (Information Technology Research Institute, University of Brighton)
  • OEFAI (Austrain Research Institute for AI, Vienna) (Project Coordinators)
  • Sysis Interactive Simulations AG
ITRI NECA Team Kees van Deemter, Anja Belz, Malin Bergenstrahle, Paul Piwek and Richard Power
Main Homepage NECA Main Homepage

Piwek, P. (2005). Generation Resources and Strategies in the NECA Multimodal Natural Language Generator. In: Proc. of Sixth International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS-6). Tilburg University, The Netherlands. [short paper (.pdf)] [iwcs6-poster (.pdf)]

Piwek, P., J. Masthoff and M. Bergenstrahle (2005). Reference and Gestures in Dialogue Generation: Three Studies with Embodied Conversational Agents In: Proc. of AISB05 Virtual Social Agents Symposium, University of Herfordshire. [evaluation materials][.pdf]

Piwek, P., Power, R., Scott, D., van Deemter, K. (in press). Generating Multimedia Presentations: from plain text to screenplay. To appear in: O. Stock and and M. Zancanaro (Eds.), Intelligent Multimodal Information Presentation. Dordrecht: Springer. [draft/preprint .pdf]

Piwek, P. (2003). A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents. In: Proceedings of EACL03 (Research Notes), Budapest. [.pdf]

Piwek, P. and K. van Deemter (2003). Dialogue as Discourse: Controlling Global Properties of Scripted Dialogue. In: Proceedings AAAI Spring Symposium on Natural Language Generation in Spoken and Written Dialogue, Stanford: AAAI Press. [.pdf]

Piwek, P. (2003). An Annotated Bibliography of Affective Natural Language Generation. version 1.3 (version 1.0 appeared in 2002 as ITRI Technical Report ITRI-02-02, University of Brighton). [.pdf]

Piwek, P. (2003). The effect of gestures on the perception of a dialogue between two embodied conversational agents: a pilot study. ITRI Technical Report ITRI-03-09. [.pdf]

Piwek, P. and K. van Deemter (2002). Towards Automated Generation of Scripted Dialogue: Some Time-Honoured Strategies. In: Bos, J., M. Foster and C. Matheson, Proceedings of EDILOG: 6th workshop on the semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, Edinburgh, September 4-6, 2002, pp. 141-148. [.ps][.pdf]

Krenn B., Pirker H., Grice M., Baumann S., Piwek P., Deemter K. van, Schroeder M., Klesen M., Gstrein E. (2002). Generation of multimodal dialogue for net environments, in: Busemann S. (ed.), KONVENS 2002, Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz (DFKI), Saarbruecken, Germany, pp. 91-98, 2002. [.pdf]

Piwek, P., B. Krenn, M. Schroeder, M. Grice, S. Baumann and H. Pirker (2002). RRL: A Rich Representation Language for the Description of Agent Behaviour in NECA. Proceedings of the AAMAS workshop "Embodied conversational agents - let's specify and evaluate them!", Bologna, Italy, 16 July 2002. [.ps][.pdf][RRL Resources Page]

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