Lifelike Computer Characters: The Persona Project at Microsoft Research

  • Gene Ball
  • David Kurlander
  • John Miller
  • David Pugh
  • Tim Skelly
  • Andy Stankosky
  • David Thiel
  • Maarten Van Dantzich
  • Trace Wax

Published by American Association for Artificial Intelligence

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This article describes the Persona project at Microsoft Research, which is exploring social user interfaces that employ an explicity anthropomorphic character to interact with the user in a natural spoken dialogue. The prototype system described here integrates spoken language input, a simple conversational dialogue manager, reactive 3D animation, speech output and sound effects to creat Peedy the Parrot, a conversational assistant who accepts user requests for audio CDs and then plays them.