A New Approach to Social Behavior Simulation: The Mask Model

  • Francesco Osborne
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-25289-1_11

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7069)
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Osborne F. (2011) A New Approach to Social Behavior Simulation: The Mask Model. In: Si M., Thue D., André E., Lester J.C., Tanenbaum J., Zammitto V. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7069. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper proposes a new perspective, based on the concept of social masks, for the simulation of a realistic NPC (Non-Player Character) behavior. The Mask Model goal is to support AI techniques for autonomous agents by encouraging or discouraging behaviors according to the social environment and by providing knowledge about possible reactions to the agent actions. In this approach, the NPC tendencies are controlled by the interactions of three overlapping mask layers: self-perception layer, social layer and interpersonal layer. The masks mould the tendencies, the feelings and the ethics of a NPC. By changing the links between characters and masks, a wide variety of different behaviors and story-lines may arise. The paper present an algorithm for the selection of the actions and an example implementation.


Virtual characters social behavior autonomous agents emergent narrative 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Osborne
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  1. 1.Università di TorinoItaly

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