Open Access

Architecture for animation of affective behaviors in pedagogical agents

  • Ronaldo Motola1,
  • Patrícia Augustin Jaques1,
  • Margarete Axt2 and
  • Rosa Vicari2
Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society15:BF03194509

DOI: 10.1007/BF03194509

Received: 15 March 2009

Accepted: 30 July 2009

Abstract

This article introduces an open-source module responsible for the presentation of verbal (speech) and corporal (animation) behaviors of animated pedagogical agents. This module can be inserted into any learning environment regardless of application domain and platform, being executable under different operating systems. It was implemented in Java as a reactive agent (named Body agent) that communicates with the agent’s Mind through a language known as FIPA-ACL. Therefore, it may be inserted into any intelligent learning environment that is also capable to communicate using FIPA-ACL. Persistence of information is ensured by XML files, increasing the agent’s portability. The agent also includes a mechanism for automatically updating new behaviors and characters once available in the server. A simulation environment was conceived to test the proposed agent.