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Embodied Virtual Agents

The research project aims to investigate the role and effectiveness of nonverbal communication, specifically gaze, body posture, and gesture, in embodied virtual agents. The study extends beyond traditional virtual environments by exploring the application of these nonverbal cues in augmented reality (AR) settings. The project also delves into the design of feedback mechanisms in the interaction between users and embodied agents. By examining these aspects, the research seeks to improve user engagement and overall user experience.

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Isaac Wang

Alumni Ph.D. Student

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Jaime Ruiz

Associate Professor

CAREER: Next Generation Multimodal Interfaces

Communication through Gestures, Expression and Shared Perception

Exploring Virtual Agents for Augmented Reality

Isaac Wang, Jesse Smith, and Jaime Ruiz. 2019. In 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Paper 281, 10 pages.

Staying Alive with Virtual Humans

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Heng Yao, Isaac Wang, Benjamin Lok, and Jaime Ruiz. 2018. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW038, 1–6.