Designing virtual animal companions by emotional responsibility strategy

Zhi Hong Chen*, Calvin C.Y. Liao, Tzu Chao Chien, Tak Wai Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


This paper proposes an emotional responsibility strategy to design educational virtual characters, named animal companions. Different from the cognitive responsibility strategy, animal companions attempt to apply emotional attachment to deepen human-computer-interaction. Meanwhile, game strategies are also adopted to engage students in the interaction. A preliminary usage test was also conducted and reported by three fifth-grade elementary students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781607500285
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8314


  • Educational virtual character
  • Game strategy
  • Learning companion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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