The Impact of Virtual Reality in the Social Presence of a Virtual Agent

access_time February 07, 2019 at 10:00AM until February 07, 2019 at 11:00AM
place IST Taguspark, Room 2N7.1

In this work we hypothesize that having a virtual character in Virtual Reality will have a stronger impact on the human interactor compared to traditional 3D computer application. In order to test our theory we conducted an experiment with the same human-virtual agent interaction between a digital environment (in front of a computer screen) and a virtual reality one. The scenario used was a police interrogation where the player performed the Interrogator role whose objective was to get as much information as he could out of a Virtual Agent Suspect. Results across 31 different test subjects confirmed that users felt that the Virtual Agent they were interacting with had a higher Social Presence in Virtual Reality when compared to a computer screen.

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person Candidate: Manuel Guimarães
supervisor_account Advisor 1: Prof. João Dias
supervisor_account Advisor 2: Prof. Pedro Santos