Empathic embodied interfaces: Addressing users' affective state

H. Prendinger*, H. Dohi, H. Wang, S. Mayer, M. Ishizuka

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In this paper, we report on our efforts in developing affective character-based interfaces, i.e. interfaces that recognize and measure affective information of the user and address user affect by employing embodied characters. In particular, we describe the Empathic Companion, an animated interface agent that accompanies the user in the setting of a virtual job interview. This interface application takes physiological data (skin conductance and electromyography) of a user in real-time, interprets them as emotions, and addresses the user's affective states in the form of empathic feedback. We present preliminary results from an exploratory study that aims to evaluate the impact of the Empathic Companion by measuring users' skin conductance and heart rate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
EditorsE. Andre, L. Dybkjaer, W. Minker, P. Heisterkamp
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventTutorial and Research Workshop, ADS 2004 - Kloster Irsee, Germany
Duration: 2004 Jun 142004 Jun 16


OtherTutorial and Research Workshop, ADS 2004
CityKloster Irsee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture


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