Will the Web Talk to You?
Linköping University, www.bk.isy.liu.se/staff/igor
human beings and their behavior on the computer is a topic that
has fascinated researchers for more than two decades. Computer-generated
characters have made their appearance on film, TV and in games,
but also in less glamourous applications such as ergonomics and
industrial planning. Now they are appearing on the Web, with a
number of researchers and commercial companies working to put
simulated humans on Web pages and dreaming up numerous applications
for them. We will analyze the potential applications of this emerging
set of technologies, ranging from fun and entertainment to education,
news or commercial use in sales and customer service. We will
briefly explore technical issues facing the implementors of these
applications, and present examples of Virtual Characters that
can be seen and heard on the Web today.