Embodied Conversational Agent projects:

  • Current Work

    ECAs in computer and video games
    Continuing research into and application of principles from social psychology that can be used to improve game characters. Reflected in a course taught at Rensselaer, and in a forthcoming book by Professor Isbister: Better Game Characters by Design: A Psychological Approach, to be released by Morgan Kaufman in fall, 2005.

  • Past Work


    Design of ECAs for user training, web help and sales, evacuation training, and other application areas.


    Exploration of cross-cultural applications for ECAs.
    Research conducted during a one-year postdoctoral position at NTT in Japan, examining potential applications of ECAs in assisting people from different cultures.
    Examination of body language and cue consistency in ECAs. Study of the cues of intelligence and creation of an interactive self-portrait.