Skip to main content

Papous: The Virtual Storyteller

  • Conference paper
  • First Online:

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNAI,volume 2190)

Abstract

This paper describes the development of Papous, a Virtual Storyteller. Our ultimate goal is to obtain a synthetic character that tells stories in an expressive and believable way, just as a real human storyteller would do. In this paper we describe the first version of Papous, our virtual storyteller. Papous can be seen as a virtual narrator who reads a text enriched with control tags. These tags allow the storywriter to script the behaviour of Papous. There are four types of tags: behaviour tags, where a specific action or gesture is scripted; scene tags, that allows for Papous to change the scene where he tells the story; illumination tags, to allow a new illumination pattern of the scene; and emotion tags, to change the emotional state of Papous. The texts, enriched with these tags, are then processed by Papous’ different modules, which contain an affective speech module and an affective body expression module. In this paper we will provide details of the speech, gestures and environment control actions taken by each of the modules of Papous architecture. Araújo for their help, ideas and comments.

This work has been partially supported by the EU funded SAFIRA project number IST-1999-11683. Ana Paiva has also been partially supported by the POSI programme (do Quadro Comunitário de Apoio III).

Keywords

  • Input Manager
  • Iconic Gesture
  • Illumination Pattern
  • Embody Conversational Agent
  • Voice Parameter

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/3-540-44812-8_14
  • Chapter length: 10 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-540-44812-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   99.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. André E., Arafa Y., Gebhard P., Geng W., Kulessa T., Martinho C., Paiva. A., Sengers P., and Vala M.: SAFIRA Deliverable 5.1-Specification of Shell for Emotional Expression (2001). http://gaips.inesc.pt/safira

  2. Badler N.I., Zhao L., and Noma T.: Design of a Virtual Human Presenter (2000).

    Google Scholar 

  3. Cahn, J.E.: The Generation of Affect in Synthesized Speech. Journal of the American Voice I/O Society, Vol.8 (1990) 1–19.

    Google Scholar 

  4. Cassell J.: Nudge Nudge Wink Wink: Elements of Face-to-Face Conversation for Embodied Conversational Agents (2000).

    Google Scholar 

  5. Cassell J., Bickmore T., Billinghurst M., Campbell L., Chang K., Vilhjálmsson H., and Yan H.: Embodiment in Conversational Interfaces: REA (1999).

    Google Scholar 

  6. Cassell J., Bickmore T., Campbell L., Vilhjálmsson H., and Yan H.: Human Conversation as a System Framework: Designing Embodied Conversational Agents (2000).

    Google Scholar 

  7. Churchill E.F., Cook L., Hodgson P., Prevost S., and Sullivan J.W.: “May I Help You?”: Designing Embodied Conversational Agent Allies.

    Google Scholar 

  8. Druin A., Montemayor J., Hendler J., McAlister B., Boltman A., Fiterman E., Plaisant A., Kruskal A., Olsen H., Revett I., Schwenn T., Sumida L., and Wagner R.: Designing PETS: A Personal Electronic Teller of Stories(1999).

    Google Scholar 

  9. Paiva A., Machado I., and Prada R.: Heroes, Villains and Magicians: Dramatis Personae in Virtual Environments. In Intelligent User Interfaces, ACM Press (2001).

    Google Scholar 

  10. Scherer K.R.: Emotion effects on voice and speech: Paradigms and approaches to evaluation. Presentation held at ISCA Workshop on Speech and Emotion, Belfast (2000).

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2001 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

About this paper

Cite this paper

Silva, A., Vala, M., Paiva, A. (2001). Papous: The Virtual Storyteller. In: de Antonio, A., Aylett, R., Ballin, D. (eds) Intelligent Virtual Agents. IVA 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 2190. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-44812-8_14

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-44812-8_14

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-540-42570-0

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-540-44812-9

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

We’re sorry, something doesn't seem to be working properly.

Please try refreshing the page. If that doesn't work, please contact support so we can address the problem.