A Computational Model of Culture-Specific Conversational Behavior

  • Dušan Jan
  • David Herrera
  • Bilyana Martinovski
  • David Novick
  • David Traum
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4722)


This paper presents a model for simulating cultural differences in the conversational behavior of virtual agents. The model provides parameters for differences in proxemics, gaze and overlap in turn taking. We present a review of literature on these factors and show results of a study where native speakers of North American English, Mexican Spanish and Arabic were asked to rate the realism of the simulations generated based on different cultural parameters with respect to their culture.


Conversational agents proxemics gaze turn taking cultural model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dušan Jan
    • 1
  • David Herrera
    • 2
  • Bilyana Martinovski
    • 1
  • David Novick
    • 2
  • David Traum
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Creative Technologies, Los Angeles, CA 
  2. 2.The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 

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