Edited by: Kerstin Dautenhahn, Alan Bond, Lola Caņamero and Bruce Edmonds


Kluwer Academic Publishers.


Ordering: hardcover, e-book Kluwer, but see also Amazon.


The  field of  Socially Intelligent Agents (SIA) is an increasingly important research area that comprises strongly interdisciplinary

approaches. This book provides a core collection of current work in this rapidly growing field. It serves as a useful and timely reference for a

wide readership, e.g., computer scientists, roboticists, web programmers and designers, computer users, psychologists, cognitive scientists, and

other researchers interested in the issue of how humans relate to computers and robots, and how these agents in return can relate to

them. The first chapter provides the rationale for the book and introduces the following 32 chapters, in which researchers at the forefront of SIA

research address topics such as: social robotics, embodied conversational agents, affective computing, anthropomorphism, narrative and

story-telling, social aspects in multi-agent systems, and new technologies for education and therapy, among others. The main strength of the book is

the breadth of topics covered that allow readers to get a comprehensive overview of research activities in the area. The book is suitable for

researchers as well as postgraduate and PhD students interested in Socially Intelligent Agents. It can be used as research material in

different University courses, such as Applied Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Agents, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Science, and

Situated/Embodied Artificial Intelligence.