Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Evaluation of Affiliation in Interaction with Autonomous Creatures

Noriko Suzuki, Yugo Takeuchi, Kazuo Ishii, Michio Okada

ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Labs., Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, Japan

The paper presents an evaluation method to assess impressions toward a computer-generated creature through human-computer interaction. The aim of our study is to construct a mechanism on a computer to realize empathic interaction between humans and creatures. In this paper, we examine the effect on personality cognition of a virtual creature when the creature replies with different timing to a human utterances. The creature has an abstract appearance and a non-linguistic voice. We control the following three conditions for timing of the creature's response: a) alternation, b) overlap, and c) neutral condition. As a result, we found that the evaluation value of the alternation condition shows more positive behavior than that of the overlap and neutral conditions when the creature has the above features.

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Bibliographic reference.  Suzuki, Noriko / Takeuchi, Yugo / Ishii, Kazuo / Okada, Michio (1999): "Evaluation of affiliation in interaction with autonomous creatures", In EUROSPEECH'99, 259-262.