Virtual Suspect William

  • Merijn Bruijnes
  • Rieks op den Akker
  • Arno Hartholt
  • Dirk Heylen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9238)


We evaluate an algorithm which computes the responses of an agent that plays the role of a suspect in simulations of police interrogations. The algorithm is based on a cognitive model - the response model - that is centred around keeping track of interpersonal relations. The model is parametrized in such a way that different personalities of the virtual suspect can be defined. In the evaluation we defined three different personalities and had participants guess the personality based on the responses the model provided in an interaction with the participant. We investigate what factors contributed to the ability of a virtual agent to show behaviour that was recognized by participants as belonging to a persona.


Social interaction Police interview Response model Data analysis Mental models Virtual agents Tutoring application 



This publication was supported by the Dutch national program COMMIT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Merijn Bruijnes
    • 1
  • Rieks op den Akker
    • 1
  • Arno Hartholt
    • 2
  • Dirk Heylen
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Media InteractionUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Creative TechnologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaPlaya VistaUSA

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