Enhancing embodied conversation agents with initial inventories

Kathleen Weaver, Anita Komlodi, Brian Duffy

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This paper presents a survey of Computerized Conversation Agents, specifically Embodied Conversation Agents, which are used in a variety of situations to engage humans in activities, including tutoring, entertainment, and military settings. These state of the art Embodied Conversation Agents interact with users in natural language (i.e. words used to communicate with other humans) to teach, entertain, and counsel. We propose that if these Embodied Conversation Agents conduct a cognitive inventory with each user at the beginning of the interaction that the sessions will be more personalized, and therefore more meaningful to and productive for the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Assessment and Evaluation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014



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  • Cognitive assessment
  • Conversation agent

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  • Education

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