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Virtual Humans: Psychology as engineering science
Dr. Stacy C. Marsella
Monday, March 09, 2015, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Northeastern University, College of Computer and Information Science
Virtual humans are autonomous virtual characters that are designed to act like humans and interact with them in shared virtual environments, much as humans interact face-to-face with other humans. Increasingly, virtual humans are being used for a range of applications from teaching social skills to doctors, to entertainment as well as a framework for evaluating psychological theories. Often underlying the design of virtual humans are a range of computational models derived from psychological theories. In this talk, I will briefly introduce virtual humans. I will then discuss the formulation of computational process models from theory, illustrating by example how in my view it can impact theory formulation, reformulation and evaluation.