Enhancing Social Believability of Virtual Agents using Social Power Dynamics

Mojgan Hashemian, Rui Prada, Pedro A. Santos, Samuel Mascarenhas

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Social Power, a pervasive feature in our daily life, has been proved to have a significant impact on Social Interaction; While the capability of maintaining a Social Interaction has an acknowledged role in Believability of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs). In this paper, we argue that an ability of reasoning and planning in the presence of Social Power enhances Social Believability of IVAs, leading to more rational interactions. With this aim, we focus on theoretical issues of agent modeling aiming at increasing intelligence and thereforebelievability of NPCs or agents of game-like simulations or serious games. Thereby, we propose a model of social power inspired by a recently proposed model, SAPIENT, based on a well-known theory of Social Power proposed by French and Raven.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Subtitle of host publicationIVA ’18, November 5–8, 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360135
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event18th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents: IVA 2018 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Nov 20188 Nov 2018


Conference18th ACM International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Abbreviated titleIVA 2018
Internet address


  • Agent Modelling
  • Believable Virtual Agents
  • Intelligent Virtual Agents
  • Social Games
  • Social Power
  • Socially Intelligent Agent


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