Human Cognition and Social Agent Technology

Edited by

Kerstin Dautenhahn

University of Hertfordshire

Published by John Benjamins Publishing Company, Advances in Consciousness Research Series, 19. 1999. Pb ca. Xxiv, 430 pp. 90 272 5139 8 NLG 120.00 For ordering information please contact the publisher at the following address: Amsteldijk 44, PO Box 75577, 1070 AN Amsterdam, Holland, Tel: +31 20 6738156 Fax: +31 20 6739773

Human Cognition and Social Agent Technology presents state-of-the-art ideas, concepts, architectures and innovative implementations in an interdisciplinary field which links issues of human cognition with social agent technology. The book is written for readers who are curious about what human (social) cognition is, and whether and how advanced software programs or robots can become social agents. The book is suitable for students, researchers, and everyone interested in this emerging and quickly growing field, it does not require any specialist background knowledge. Topics addressed in 16 peer-reviewed chapters by researchers at the forefront of agent research include: Narrative intelligence and implementations of story-telling systems, socially situated avatars and 'conscious' software agents, cognitive architectures for socially intelligent agents, agents with emotions, design issues for interactive systems, artificial life agents, contributions to agent design from artistic practice, and a Cognitive Technology view on living with socially intelligent agents. The book addresses both software and robotic agents. The chapters are presented in an way which is accessible to a wide audience. On the one hand justice is done to the scientific and technical aspects, and on the other hand the reader will learn about pioneering technological developments which are necessary for a public discourse and critical evaluation on where social agent technology is leading us and how such a development can be shaped in order to meet the social, cultural and cognitive needs of humans.

Table of Contents

About the Editor

List of Contributors


Kerstin Dautenhahn

Chapter 1

Narrative Intelligence

Phoebe Sengers

Chapter 2

Digital Augmentation of Keepsake Objects: A Place for Interaction of Memory, Story, and Self

Jennifer Williamson Glos

Chapter 3

Children as Designers of Interactive Storytellers

"Let Me Tell You a Story about Myself..."

Marina Umaschi Bers, Justine Cassell

Chapter 4

Autonomous Synthetic Computer Characters as Personal Representatives

Linda Cook, Tim Bickmore, Sara Bly, Elizabeth Churchill, Scott Prevost, Joseph W. Sullivan

Chapter 5

"Conscious" and Conceptual Learning In A Socially Situated Agent

Myles Bogner, Uma Ramamurthy, Stan Franklin

Chapter 6

Emotionally Grounded Social Interaction

Dolores Cañamero, Walter Van de Velde

Chapter 7

Architectural Requirements for Human-like Agents Both Natural and Artificial. (What sorts of machines can love?)

Aaron Sloman

Chapter 8

Connecting Reflection and Action - a Heterogeneous Multi-Agent Model

Ruth Aylett, David Barnes

Chapter 9

The Role of Evaluation in Cognition and Social Interaction

Maria Miceli, Cristiano Castelfranchi

Chapter 10

The Ontogeny of the Social Self. Towards a Formal Computational Theory

Eric Werner

Chapter 11

Computational Embodiment: Agents as Constructed Complex Systems

Christopher Landauer, Kirstie L. Bellman

Chapter 12

Are We Having Fun Yet? Using Social Agents in Social Domains

Leonard N. Foner

Chapter 13

The Emergence of Personality: How to Create Souls from Cells

Steve Grand

Chapter 14

Machine-Mediated Communication: Agents of Representation

Bill Vorn

Chapter 15

Agents as Artworks and Agent Design as Artistic Practice

Simon Penny

Chapter 16

Living with Socially Intelligent Agents: A Cognitive Technology View

Kerstin Dautenhahn, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv

Subject Index

Name Index