Egochat Agent

A Talking Virtualized Agent that Supports Community Knowledge Creation
  • Hidekazu Kubota
  • Toyoaki Nishida
Part of the Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies, and Simulated Organizations book series (MASA, volume 3)


This paper proposes a method that supports knowledge creation in a community by mean of talking virtualized-egos. A virtualized-ego is a conversational agent that represents a community member. Community members can exchange their knowledge by talking with virtualized-egos even when some members are away because the virtualized-egos replay appropriate past messages posted by the absent members. Moreover, messages of virtualized-egos are ordered as a story. A story is a series of comments that reflects relationships between community members. We have developed a system called EgoChat to investigate these ideas and carried out an experiment to ascertain its effectiveness for community knowledge creation.


Community Member Knowledge Creation Intelligent Agent Mailing List Community Knowledge 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidekazu Kubota
    • 1
  • Toyoaki Nishida
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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