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Agents and Avatars

We will consider an agent to be a virtual human figure representation that is created and controlled by computer programs. An avatar is a virtual human controlled by a live participant. The principal issues roughly follow the dimensions cited above: appearance and motion, mechanisms of control for interactivity and autonomy, including gesture, attention, and locomotion, and multi-agent interaction, cooperation, and coordination.

Dr. Norman Badler
Thu Apr 17 08:17:25 EDT 1997