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Agents United

Tessa Beinema, Daniel Davison, Dennis Reidsma, Oresti Banos, Merijn Bruijnes, Brice Donval, Álvaro Fides Valero, Dirk Heylen, Dennis Hofs, Gerwin Huizing, Reshamashree B. Kantharaju, Randy Klaassen (+13 others)
2021 Proceedings of the 21th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents  
Figure 1: A group of ASAP (1, 3, 5) and GRETA (2, 4) agents in the same Unity environment.  ...  A user can participate in a multiparty group conversation by selecting a response from the menu on the right (in the same interface or on a separate device).  ...  The Agents United Alliance is supported by the Personalised eHealth Technology programme of the University of Twente.  ... 
doi:10.1145/3472306.3478352 fatcat:ahdul46v4japflnlbiookozu2m

In Search of Embodied Conversational and Explainable Agents for Health Behaviour Change and Adherence

Amal Abdulrahman, Deborah Richards
2021 Multimodal Technologies and Interaction  
The article also introduces ECAs who provide explanations of their recommendations, known as explainable agents (XAs), as a way to build trust and enhance the working alliance towards improved behavior  ...  Due to the recognized importance of face-to-face communication and establishment of a therapist-patient working alliance as the biggest single predictor of adherence, our review focuses on embodied conversational  ...  Working Alliance The term working alliance refers to the positive collaboration between the therapist and the patient. Mathieu, et al.  ... 
doi:10.3390/mti5090056 fatcat:fv3mo6t4g5ggroohmcvnjn5kny

Establishing the computer–patient working alliance in automated health behavior change interventions

Timothy Bickmore, Amanda Gruber, Rosalind Picard
2005 Patient Education and Counseling  
, indicate that the use of relational behaviors by the system significantly increases working alliance and desire to continue working with the system.  ...  Results of a comparison among 33 subjects interacting near-daily with the relational system and 27 interacting near-daily with an identical system with the relational behaviors ablated, each for 30 days  ...  The agent has an animated human body and interacts with users in a simulated face-to-face conversation (an "embodied conversational agent" [39] , see Figure 1 ).  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.pec.2004.09.008 pmid:16198215 fatcat:j7hjt6v5cfbd7p43t43yjhzwcy

Establishing and maintaining long-term human-computer relationships

Timothy W. Bickmore, Rosalind W. Picard
2005 ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction  
We construct the first such agent, and evaluate it in a controlled experiment with 101 users who were asked to interact daily with an exercise adoption system for a month.  ...  This requires, at a minimum, some kind of natural conversational interface and, at a maximum, the use of embodied conversational agents, robots, or some other articulate physical form factor to enact both  ...  The client consists of two web browsers coupled with a vector-graphics-based embodied conversational agent synchronized with a text-to-speech engine (see Figure 1 ).  ... 
doi:10.1145/1067860.1067867 fatcat:6yw5xbm7obcqtgvqvtaw6wxfyy

Abusive interactions with embodied agents

Chris Creed, Russell Beale
2008 Interaction Studies  
Numerous research groups around the world are attempting to build realistic and believable autonomous embodied agents that attempt to have natural interactions with users.  ...  We highlight the potential opportunities for abuse when interacting with embodied agents in virtual worlds and discuss how our social interactions with such entities can contribute to abusive behaviour  ...  Such policing agents would require extensive social knowledge and skills -for example, when analysing an interaction between an embodied agent and a user, the security agent would need to give consideration  ... 
doi:10.1075/is.9.3.07cre fatcat:7gqtcf3ssfbdxpce2zssxr5jxa

Trans* Identities and Politics: Repertoires of Action, Political Cleavages, and Emerging Coalitions

Gustavo Santos Elpes
2020 Politics and Governance  
and embodied action.  ...  This article thus argues that trans* politics, through nonbinary activism and a new intersectional feminist praxis, may expand the political subject of feminism and our understanding of identity politics  ...  aims to build alliances intersecting with other autonomous subjects (selves) aiming for mutual recognition through the very notion of 'difference.'  ... 
doi:10.17645/pag.v8i3.2927 doaj:cce4ce4ac2d54a1ea5cd478fca45a358 fatcat:jknxlh63o5fhlkem7lj74tex2a

Towards caring machines

Timothy W. Bickmore, Rosalind W. Picard
2004 Extended abstracts of the 2004 conference on Human factors and computing systems - CHI '04  
Results from a longitudinal study of simulated caring by a computer are presented, in which 60 subjects interacted with a computer agent daily for a month, half with a "caring" agent and half with an agent  ...  willingness to continue working with the "caring" agent.  ...  This material is based upon work supported through NSF Grant 0087768.  ... 
doi:10.1145/985921.986097 dblp:conf/chi/BickmoreP04 fatcat:2m2egclkx5ah7bl7gxdysu6l2i

Landscaping personification technologies

David Benyon, Oli Mival
2008 Proceeding of the twenty-sixth annual CHI conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '08  
Speech as an interaction is finally becoming robust and useable and is very influential in people attributing intelligence to devices and systems.  ...  Building on the experience of a previous project, and drawing on the experience of a four year €12m multidisciplinary project, called Companions, the authors are keen to build community relationships around  ...  The technology is a development of agents. Agents appear in the literature as software agents, interface agents or embodied conversational agents (ECA).  ... 
doi:10.1145/1358628.1358908 dblp:conf/chi/BenyonM08 fatcat:v6ujrkb4mjffngiat4m44h45aq

A Semantic Memory Bank Assisted by an Embodied Conversational Agents for Mobile Devices

Francisco Seron, Angel Zaldivar, Alfonso Blesa, Jose Martin-Albo, Juan Magallon
2021 Engineering and Applied Sciences  
Our Memory Bank Embodied Conversational Agent (MBECA) is used to interact with the patient and ease the interaction with new devices.  ...  In this paper, we propose an approach that exploits semantic technologies and Embodied Conversational Agents to help patients training cognitive abilities using mobile devices.  ...  shown that user can efficaciously form a working Alliance relationship with a non-human agent (i.e., a virtual coach) [8] .  ... 
doi:10.11648/j.eas.20210601.11 fatcat:t4bnlei6wbbmnma5wkvpk5zioa

Knowledge and Organizations Literature Review: 1994-1999

Natalia Levina
1999 Social Science Research Network  
This is followed by an overview of intra-organizational knowledge sharing research.  ...  The report overviews and synthesizes literature on various perspectives on knowledge in organizations. Knowledge-based view of the firm is compared to the transaction economics view of the firm.  ...  supervisors and uses behavior-based controls Client control: The hiring firm has alternative access to relevant knowledge and is able to make professionals invest in relationship-specific assets.  ... 
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1269036 fatcat:6b4nvbyfdneglkfpdqoozt2hcy

Critical Health Communication Method as Embodied Practice of Resistance: Culturally Centering Structural Transformation Through Struggle for Voice

Mohan Dutta, Asha Rathina Pandi, Dazzelyn Zapata, Raksha Mahtani, Ashwini Falnikar, Naomi Tan, Jagadish Thaker, Dyah Pitaloka, Uttaran Dutta, Pauline Luk, Kang Sun
2019 Frontiers in Communication  
The body of the academic as a methodological site decolonizes the capitalist framework of knowledge production through its voicing of an openly resistive politics that stands in defiance to the neoliberal  ...  Through the re-working of method as embodied resistance that is explicitly socialist in its commitment to imagining health, culture-centered interventions imagine and practice Marxist advocacy and activist  ...  A key actor includes an errant agent that partakes in contract substitution during hire and post-hire.  ... 
doi:10.3389/fcomm.2019.00067 fatcat:gneh5av3bfcctj63kydtjfsdbm

A Smartphone-based Healthcare Chatbot to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Pain (SELMA): A Pilot Randomized Control Trial (Preprint)

Sandra Hauser-Ulrich, Hansjörg Künzli, Danielle Meier-Peterhans, Tobias Kowatsch
2019 JMIR mHealth and uHealth  
but also to build a working alliance between a participant and the TBHC.  ...  Participants of the intervention group replied with an average answer ratio of 0.71 (SD 0.20) to 200 (SD 58.45) conversations initiated by SELMA.  ...  Conflicts of Interest TK is affiliated with the Center for Digital Health Interventions (, a joint initiative of the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich and the  ... 
doi:10.2196/15806 pmid:32242820 fatcat:qlwgskpos5gsln3u3hyqjoheb4

The Racial Formation of Chatbots

Mark C. Marino
2014 CLCWeb  
These conversation agents are often represented as text or disembodied voices.  ...  Marino explores the ways racial identity is constructed through the embodied performance of chatbots and what that indicates for human identity construction on the internet.  ...  A chatbot is a program designed to converse with an interactor.  ... 
doi:10.7771/1481-4374.2560 fatcat:qygoztgew5gdtbwzeznnu4wokq

Expressions of Relational Power in Nato Discourse: Cooperation with Former Adversaries

Isabela Anda Dragomir
2018 International conference KNOWLEDGE-BASED ORGANIZATION  
The dissolution of the Soviet Empire in 1991 has challenged the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to grapple with an issue that had been avoided and postponed during the Cold War - how to give specific  ...  This paper examines the galvanizing role of language in forging a solid discourse aimed at initiating and consolidating cooperation between the Alliance and its former adversaries in the aftermath of the  ...  Yet our alliance must be even more an agent of change.  ... 
doi:10.1515/kbo-2018-0103 fatcat:7ogjpedvlfblfioo265grp725q

The Theoretical Foundations of Knowledge Management [chapter]

Richard Baskerville, Alina Dulipovici
2015 The Essentials of Knowledge Management  
An analysis of the theoretical foundations of knowledge management reveals a healthy arena with a strong foundation and clear directions for future work.  ...  Knowledge management has emerged as an important field for practice and research in information systems.  ...  A strategic decision to correct knowledge deficiencies through alliances is a more subtle decision than merely a make-versus-buy knowledge choice.  ... 
doi:10.1057/9781137552105_3 fatcat:jwdmgcy2qzhrhc5ayfvxkhlafu
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