Software Tools for the Development and Reuse of Avatars with Culture-Specific Behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R195
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0160
Amount: $848,409.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-009
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
VCOM3D, INC.
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260, Orlando, FL, 32817
DUNS: 799834254
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 Chief Technology Officer
 (407) 737-7309
 eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact
 Carol Wideman
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (407) 737-4695
Email: carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
For this Phase II SBIR Project, Vcom3D will develop and demonstrate a modular architecture for avatars whose behavior can be easily modified to model different cultures and contexts. Our approach will be to separate the "meaning and intent" of character interactions from the culturally-specific ways in which individual characters convey this meaning and intent through speech, gesture, and action. Based on this architecture, we will develop a "Behavior Engine" and supporting authoring tools for creating interactive scenarios that can be tailored for different cultures by embedding virtual characters with appropriate "built-in" low-level behaviors. We will develop a Behavior Knowledgebase that models culture-specific gestures and customs and conduct an evaluation of the performance, accuracy, and "believability" of the behaviors and development tools with DLI graduates and faculty, and other appropriate subject matter experts.

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