Social Avatar Language in Multimedia Application

J. Hou, Y. Koine, and Y. Aoki (Japan)


Multimedia systems, social avatar language, ontology based, nonverbal behavior, cross-cultural communication, human-computer interaction


Nonverbal language plays an important role in interactive human communication, especially in conveying feelings. Nonverbal behaviors are influenced by social backgrounds. But the existing avatar design does not include social context factor. In this paper, we propose a new conception, social avatar language (SAL), to represent nonverbal behaviors of avatars from different social backgrounds. A novel ontology-based methodology is addressed for designing the SAL. The implemented prototype shows that interactive avatar animations can be displayed in real-time and available online. This system serves as an efficient and user-friendly tool across intercultural barriers.

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