Culture-related differences in aspects of behavior for virtual characters across Germany and Japan

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  • Birgit Endrass
  • Elisabeth André
  • Matthias Rehm
  • Afia Akhter Lipi
  • Yukiko Nakano

Abstract

Integrating culture as a parameter into the behavioral models of virtual characters in order to simulate cultural differences is becoming more and more popular. But do these differences affect the user's perception? In the work described in this paper, we integrated aspects of non-verbal behavior as well as communication management behavior into the behavior of virtual characters for the two cultures of Germany and Japan. We give a literature review pointing out the expected differences in these two cultures and describe the analysis of a multi-modal corpus including video recordings of German and Japanese interlocutors. After integrating our findings into a demonstrator featuring a German and a Japanese scenario, we presented the virtual scenarios to human observers of the two target cultures in order to find out their preferences.
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Integrating culture as a parameter into the behavioral models of virtual characters in order to simulate cultural differences is becoming more and more popular. But do these differences affect the user's perception? In the work described in this paper, we integrated aspects of non-verbal behavior as well as communication management behavior into the behavior of virtual characters for the two cultures of Germany and Japan. We give a literature review pointing out the expected differences in these two cultures and describe the analysis of a multi-modal corpus including video recordings of German and Japanese interlocutors. After integrating our findings into a demonstrator featuring a German and a Japanese scenario, we presented the virtual scenarios to human observers of the two target cultures in order to find out their preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS)
EditorsLiz Sonenberg, Peter Stone, Kagan Tumer, Pinar Yolum
Number of pages8
Volume2
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2011
Pages441-448
ISBN (Print)978-0-9826571-6-4
StatePublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventThe 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2 May 20116 May 2011
Conference number: 10th

Conference

ConferenceThe 10th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Nummer10th
LandTaiwan, Province of China
ByTaipei
Periode02/05/201106/05/2011

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