Acceptable Dialogue Start Supporting Agent for Avatar-Mediated Multi-tasking Online Communication
In recent years, the instant messaging tools have become popular for daily online communication. The feature of the communication style with these tools is multi-tasking online communication. The users of these tools have a problem in recognizing the status of interaction partners. The start of dialogue has a risk of unintended interruption of the partner. The automatic status estimation and ambient display of the status is expected to assist the avoidance of the interruption. Therefore, we prototyped an acceptable dialogue start supporting (ADSS) agent system, for assisting pleasantly-acceptable dialogue start in avatar-mediated multi-tasking communication (AMMCS). The ADSS agent estimates and expresses the user uninterruptibility, and appeals the dialogue request by the communication partner. Fig. 1 shows the overview of ADSS agent and screenshot of the user desktop while using the agent. Each communication partner is displayed as an avatar in a small individual window.