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Combating Juvenile Delinquency with Empathic Agents


Paracha Samiullah, Yoshie Osamu


Vol. 8  No. 9  pp. 196-205


Juvenile Violence is one of the most pressing problems in Japan. The work reported here explores the use of empathic virtual agents for Citizenship Education. In order to teach the values of society to juveniles, we intend to stir Intelligent Virtual Agents into action with role role-playing capabilities, as a probable answer to delinquency. The synthetic character will create improvised dramas divided by periods during which the user will enter into dialogue phases and will evaluate and recommend a potential course of action for the protagonist. Applying such agents in schools is an effective and immersive way to sensitize students for the problems and dangers related to anti social behaviours.


Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs), Virtual Edutainment Environments (VEEs), Drama Manager (DM), Emergent