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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Virtual Reality Psychodramas
Researchers at the University of Buffalo (UB) are producing immersive virtual reality (VR) dramas in which the users are given some goals at the beginning and are interacting with 'self-aware' computational agents. The UB Reporter writes that they are putting a new face on 'user-friendly' VR environments.

They already created a psychodrama called "The Trial The Trail" in which "the user is given two companions named Filopat and Patofil and told that at the end of her experience she will get her heart's desire." And because the software agents are continuously improving and 'improvising' around human users, the show is different every time.

I don't know if this will lead to some mainstream application, but I'm sure that the researchers had lots of fun in their CAVEs-like systems. This overview contains more details and pictures about this unusual project, including those of Patofil and Filopat, two of the software agents.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 7:21 AM Comments (0)
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