Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Intelligent virtual agents for education, training and health

24 May 2017

A Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation seminar.

This talk will provide an overview of the types and uses of intelligent virtual agents (IVAs), a research growth area in the field of artificial intelligence during the past 20 years. An IVA is a piece of software, generally considered to be autonomous in some way, that imitates the behaviour of a human or animal and is embodied within a virtual environment. A primary aim in the field of virtual agents is the creation of believable characters that are useful in their situated paradigm such as games, narratives, education and assistive computing. A significant body of work exists in the area of believable characters which – depending on their function, level of sophistication and the particular research focus (for example, emotion and appraisal systems or language technology) – may be also be termed "pedagogical agents", "embodied conversational agents",  "artificial companions", "talking heads", "empathic agents" or "listening agents". The seminar will provide an overview of the field, including the presenter's own research concerning IVAs and memory, emotions and collaborative learning for applications such as debriefing and reminiscing; border-security-officer training; scientific inquiry and science education; real-estate assistance; museum guidance; and adherence to treatment advice.

Event details

  • When: 11.30am–1pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact: Ling Wu
    T: +61 8627 5770
    E: ling.wu@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

  • Speaker: Deborah Richards is a professor in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. After 20 years in the ICT industry, during which she completed a BBus (Comp and MIS) and MAppSc (InfoStudies), she completed a PhD in artificial intelligence on the reuse of knowledge at the University of New South Wales, joining academia in 1999. Although Professor Richards continues to work on solutions to assist decision-making and knowledge acquisition, for the past decade, her focus has been on intelligent systems, agent technologies and virtual worlds to support human learning and wellbeing.

Intelligent virtual agents for education, training and health

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

24 May 2017


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