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Intelligent Virtual Agents

Volume 4133 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 80-92

An Exploration of Delsarte’s Structural Acting System

  • Stacy C. MarsellaAffiliated withInformation Sciences Institute
  • , Sharon Marie CarnickeAffiliated withSchool of Theatre
  • , Jonathan GratchAffiliated withInstitute for Creative Technology, University of Southern California
  • , Anna OkhmatovskaiaAffiliated withInstitute for Creative Technology, University of Southern California
  • , Albert RizzoAffiliated withInstitute for Creative Technology, University of Southern California

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Abstract

The designers of virtual agents often draw on a large research literature in psychology, linguistics and human ethology to design embodied agents that can interact with people. In this paper, we consider a structural acting system developed by Francois Delsarte as a possible resource in designing the nonverbal behavior of embodied agents. Using human subjects, we evaluate one component of the system, Delsarte’s Cube, that addresses the meaning of differing attitudes of the hand in gestures.

Keywords

Virtual Human Nonverbal Behavior Acting Technique Delsarte