Virtual Worlds and Intelligent Virtual Agents for Education, Training, Health and Wellbeing

Deborah Richards
Maquarie University, Australia

4 July 2018
2:15pm - 3:30pm
Robotarium Seminar Room
Earl Mountbatten Building


This talk will look at the use of Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVAs) for social simulations with consideration of current goals, challenges and ethical issues related to their use. I will provide an overview of my research concerning IVAs and emotions, memory and teamwork for applications such as debriefing and reminiscing, border security officer training, scientific inquiry and science education, real estate assistance, museum guidance, behaviour/attitude change, empowerment and adherence to treatment advice.


Deborah Richards is a Professor in the Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Following 20 years in the ICT industry during which she completed a BBus (Comp and MIS) and MAppSc (InfoStudies), she completed a PhD in artificial intelligence on the reuse of knowledge at the University of New South Wales and joined academia in 1999. While she continues to work on solutions to assist decision-making and knowledge acquisition, for the past decade, her focus has been on intelligent systems, agent technologies and virtual worlds to support human learning and well-being.

Host: Ruth Aylett