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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author)
Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in employing Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) as companions or coaches. These roles are typically performed by humans and require exhibiting certain social behaviors, such as providing social support. For interactions between users and coaching or companion ECAs to become truly social,...
doctoral thesis 2014
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, M.V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
This paper presents a qualitative study of the supportive behavior of an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) that provides social support to cyberbullying victims. The results indicate that social support is conveyed. In addition, we demonstrate a method that can be utilized to evaluate embodied agents for vulnerable target audiences (e.g.,...
conference paper 2013
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, M.V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
This paper presents a qualitative study of the supportive behavior of an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) that provides social support to cyberbullying victims. The results indicate that social support is conveyed. In addition, we demonstrate a method that can be utilized to evaluate embodied agents for vulnerable target audiences (e.g.,...
conference paper 2013
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
In everyday life, people frequently talk to others to help them deal with negative emotions. To some extent, everybody is capable of comforting other people, but so far conversational agents are unable to deal with this type of situation. To provide intelligent agents with the capability to give emotional support, we propose a domain-independent...
conference paper 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
Recently, we proposed a dialogue model for social support. To validate this model, we analyzed 23 real world chat conversations. After some adjustments, the dialogue sequence patterns specified in the model cover 87.4% of the data. Based on this result, we conclude that the dialogue model accurately describes comforting conversations. Next, the...
conference paper 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Geraerts, E. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
People are able to comfort others by talking about their problems. In our research, we are exploring whether computers can provide social support in a similar manner. Recently, we proposed a design for an empathic virtual buddy that supports victims of cyberbullying. To validate our approach in providing social support and to gather feedback...
book chapter 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
Recent developments in affective computing show that Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs) are increasingly capable of complex social and emotional dialogues. Our research concerns the design and evaluation of an ECA that provides social support to children that are being bullied though the Internet. Recently, we proposed a domain-independent...
conference paper 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
An important task for empathic agents is to provide social support, that is, to help alleviate emotional distress. In this paper we specify verbal support types for a dialogue agent that provides social support, and propose an evaluation method for such an agent in a sensitive domain (cyberbullying) with a vulnerable target audience (children).
conference paper 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
An important task for empathic agents is to provide social support, that is, to help people increase their well-being and decrease the perceived burden of their problems. The contributions of this paper are 1) the specifcation of speech acts for a social support dialogue agent, and 2) an evaluation method for this agent. The dialogue agent...
conference paper 2012
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Van der Zwaan, J.M. (author), Dignum, M.V. (author), Jonker, C.M. (author)
This paper proposes a design for an Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) that empowers victims of cyberbullying by simulating peer support. The anti-cyberbullying buddy helps a child to cope with negative emotions due to a cyberbullying incident and it shows the child how to deal with future incidents of cyberbullying. The buddy interacts with...
conference paper 2010
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