Professor Ruth Aylett has been an active researcher in Artificial Intelligence for 20 years, starting at the AI Applications Institute at University of Edinburgh in 1989. She researches architectures for virtual agents, with particular emphasis on affective components and interactive narrative. Professor Aylett coordinated the highly successful FP6 IST project eCIRCUS, whose role-play application ORIENT is one input into this proposal. In this work, groups of teenage users interacted with synthetic characters portraying aliens whose culture they had to learn in order to save their planet. Professor Aylett has over 170 publications in journals, book chapters and refereed conferences.
Dr. Sandy Louchart is a lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University; he has a PhD from the University of Salford (2007) in the articulation of emergent narrativefor interactive drama. He has been an active researcher in the field of Interactive storytelling and Intelligent Agents for the last 6 years, with particular interests in interactive narrative, Artificial Intelligence, synthetic actors and emotion modelling. He has over 25 international, peer reviewed publications and has served on related conference programme committees, including AAMAS (Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems), NILE (Narrative for Interactive Learning Environments) and AIIDE (Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment ). He has worked on the EU funded FP6 project ECIRCUS (Education through characters with emotional-intelligence and role playing capabilities that understand social interactions).
Asad Nazir is a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh with eCute project with the topic of research as culture and emotions in synthetic characters. He graduated from IIU Islamabad in 2004 with honours degree in computer science and finished his MSc. In Interactive Multimedia from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh in 2005 and is currently pursuing his PhD. For the last 6 years Asad’s has been in active research with research interest ranging from computational modelling of complex social and psychology theories to applications of cultural sensitivity and emotions. Asad is also a member of the management team for the eCute project.