Reconciling Autonomy with Narratives in the Event Calculus

Liming Chen, Kamal Bechkoum, Gordon Clapworhty

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    Developing believable and realistic characters for interactive, computer-based forms of entertainment is a hard work. To make them perform specific tasks or take initiatives given a narrative is even more challenging. In this paper we introduce a novel agent design approach that reconciles autonomy with instructability and narrative in one agent architecture. The approach is based on a highly developed logical theory of action and a powerful highlevel behaviour specification language (BSL) that is developed from the underlying logical formalism, i.e. the event calculus. Using BSL, agents’ behaviours can bespecified and controlled more naturally and intuitively, more succinctly and at a much higher level of abstraction than would otherwise be possible. We also briefly discussthe implementation issues relevant to this approach.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Mar 2001
    EventAAAI2001 Spring Symposium Series - Stanford University, USA
    Duration: 1 Mar 2001 → …


    ConferenceAAAI2001 Spring Symposium Series
    Period1/03/01 → …


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