The main aim is to enhance tourist experience during a visit where the virtual agent will entertain visitors as well as provide educational and engaging location-related information. The system is intended to be proactive, interactive and provide personalized stories about events or places of attraction.†
Focus of the research will be on natural interactivity, augmented reality and multi-sensory system. Augmentation is in terms of text and audio. The user will be giving feedback to the guide through a graphical user interface and receiving output by means on text, audio and visual animation. The Emergent Emotion Model and the Intelligent Storytelling System form the heart of the Affective Guide, where, action selection mechanism, context-aware presentation algorithm, personalization as well as adaptation of presentation and information dissemination based on temporal and spatial conditions will be explored. The emotional model for the guide agent is will be based on the PSI Theory.
Besides that, a tracking system, GPS is applied to track user's position and generate userís orientation to ensure appropriate information is presented to the user. The guide resides on a PDA and communicates with a server through wireless communication.
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