April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Sessions: Abstract

Building an adaptive museum gallery in Second Life   go to paper

Ion Androutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Amy Isard, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
George Karakatsiotis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

We describe initial work on building, within Second Life, a virtual gallery which can automatically tailor itself to individual visitors, responding to their abilities, interests, preferences or history of interaction. The description of an object in the virtual world can be personalised to suit the beginner or the expert, varying how it is said - the choice of language (such as English or Greek), the words, or the complexity of sentences, as well as what is said - by taking into account what else has been seen or described already. The guide delivering the descriptions can remain disembodied, or be embodied as a robotic avatar.

Session: Personalization [Technology]

Keywords: multi-user virtual environments, Second Life, avatar, personalization, museums, natural language generation