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Intelligent Virtual Agents and Social Robots


Status Active - open for registrations
School Computer and Information Science (CIS)
Division COIN
Owner Annika Silvervarg

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Course plan

No of lectures

2 introductory lectures
Approximately 7 literature seminars
Approximately 2 examination seminars

Recommended for

PhD students (and possibly masters students) in cognitive science and computer science. The course could also be interesting for PhD students in psychology, communication, philosophy or other areas overlapping with the cognitive sciences.

The course was last given

The course has not been given previously.


The course covers theories, methods and technology in the research front of the area. It aims to provide an understanding of current theoretical issues as well as practical knowledge of implementation and/or evaluation of agent- or robot-based interactive systems.


Some background in the cognitive sciences or artificial intelligence.
Good knowlewdge of either programming, usability testing or empirical methods.


The course consist of 2 introductory lectures, 7 student led literature seminars, practical project work, and 2 seminars for presentation and discussion of project work.


The course covers the following theoretical areas:
- Interaction: natural language, body language
- Cooperation and Trust
- Emotion
- Embodiment
- Visual appearance: gender, ethnicity, anthropomorphism
- Application areas: learning, training, health, entertainment

The project focus on design, implementation or evaluation of an interactive application with a virtual embodied agent or a robot.


Research articles.


Annika Silvervarg
Agneta Gulz
Tom Ziemke


Annika Silvervarg


Mandatory participation in seminars.
Written report and a presentation of the project work.


7,5 hp


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Last updated: 2012-05-03