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Research on Emotional Antecedents and Emotional Consequents Presented at European Meeting on Cybernetics and System Research

Charles River Analytics’ Senior Scientist, Dr. Scott Neal Reilly, delivered a presentation entitled “Modeling What Happens Between Emotional Antecedents and Emotional Consequents” at the 18th European Meeting on Cybernetics and System Research. The conference was held from April 18-21, 2006, at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Neal Reilly described the meeting as being “devoted to the study and discussion of complex systems, including economic systems, biological systems, social systems, and artificially intelligent systems. The conference has been held bi-annually since 1972 and is chaired by Professor Robert Trappl, who is a professor and head of the Institute of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence at the Medical University of Vienna, head of the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Vienna, and president of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies.”

Dr. Neal Reilly’s presentation was part of the ACE 2006: Agent Construction and Emotions program, which was a gathering of psychologists, computer scientists, linguists, and philosophers interested in understanding human emotions and modeling them with computers. He discussed his presentation as describing “concrete lessons related to modeling the internal management of emotional states in believable and lifelike agents that I have learned over 17 years of computational emotion modeling. The paper describes useful data structures that can be used for managing emotional states that enable rich expression of emotion; it describes some of the potential pitfalls involved in modeling the intensity of joy and distress emotions and suggests a method to avoid those pitfalls; it describes a method for managing emotional decay; and it describes some potential pitfalls involved in computing the intensity of groups of related emotions and proposes a technique to avoid those pitfalls.”

Dr. Neal Reilly continued, “The paper describes how these techniques can be applied to the creation of emotional agents for a number of domains, including computer games, interactive advertising, and military modeling and simulation tasks, such as we are working on as part of the Modeling Individual Differences and Stressors (MINDS) project that Charles River Analytics is pursuing in conjunction with the Natick Soldier Systems Center of the U.S. Army.” MINDS focuses on Modeling Individual-Soldierand Small-Unit Behavior for Urban Warfare.

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