Embodiment of an agent by anthropomorphization of a common object

Hirotaka Osawa, Ren Ohmura, Michita Imai

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Abstract

We propose a direct anthropomorphization to improve human-agent interaction. It agentizes an artifact by attaching humanoid parts to it. There have been many studies that can provide valuable information on using spoken directions and gestures via anthropomorphic agents such as CG(Computer graphics) agents and communication robots. Our method directly anthropomorphizes the artifact through robotic bodily parts shaped like those of humans. An anthropomorphized artifact with these parts can provide information to people by giving them spoken directions and expressing themselves through body language. This makes people pay more attentions to the artifact, than when using anthropomorphic CG or robot agents. We conducted an experiment to verify the difference between receiving an explanation of the functions of the artifact using the direct anthropomorphization method and that from using the independent humanoid agent "Robovie". The results from participants' questionnaires and gazes during the experiment indicated that they noticed the target artifact and memorized the functions more quickly and easily from using the direct anthropomorphization method than from the "Robovie".

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT 2008
Pages484-490
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT 2008 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2008 Dec 92008 Dec 12

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT 2008

Other

Other2008 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT 2008
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period08/12/908/12/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software

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