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Author(s): Pires, A.
Alves-Oliveira, P.
Arriaga, P.
Martinho, C.
Date: 2017
Title: Cubus: autonomous embodied characters to stimulate creative idea generation in groups of children
Volume: 10489
Pages: 360-373
Event title: 17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2017
ISSN: 0302-9743
ISBN: 978-3-319-67400-1
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1007/978-3-319-67401-8_46
Keywords: Autonomous virtual agents
Child-agent interaction
Creative storytelling
Creativity support tool
Group creativity with children
Abstract: Creativity is an ability that is crucial in nowadays societies. It is, therefore, important to develop activities that stimulate creativity at a very young age. It seems, however, that there is a lack of tools to support these activities. In this paper, we introduce Cubus, a tool that uses autonomous synthetic characters to stimulate idea generation in groups of children during a storytelling activity. With Cubus, children can invent a story and use the stop-motion technique to record a movie depicting it. In this paper, we explain Cubus’ system design and architecture and present the evaluation of Cubus’ impact in a creative task. This evaluation investigated idea generation in groups of children during their creative process of storytelling. Results showed that the autonomous behaviors of Cubus’ virtual agents contributed to the generation of more ideas in children, a key dimension of creativity.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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