FearNot! demo: A virtual environment with synthetic characters to help bullying

Marco Vala, Pedro Sequeira, Ana Paiva, Ruth Aylett

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Abstract

This demo features FearNot!, a school-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) populated by synthetic characters representing the various actors in a bullying scenario. FearNot! uses emergent narrative to create improvised dramas with those characters. The goal is to enable children to explore bullying issues, and coping strategies, interacting with characters to which they become affectively engaged. Through their appearance, behaviours and affect, these characters are able to trigger empathic relations with the user. FearNot! is used for Personal and Health Social Education (PHSE) for children aged 8 - 12, in the UK, Portugal and Germany. © 2007 IFAAMAS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAMAS'07 - Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Pages1381-1382
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event6th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: 14 May 200818 May 2008

Conference

Conference6th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Abbreviated titleAAMAS'07
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period14/05/0818/05/08

Keywords

  • Bullying
  • Emergent narrative
  • Empathic characters

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