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Integrating Agents Into Virtual Worlds

: Peters, R.; Gräff, A.; Paul, C.

Association for Computing Machinery -ACM-:
New Paradigms in Information Visualization and Manipulation. Proceedings
New York: ACM Press, 1998
ISBN: 1-58113-051-1
Workshop on New Paradigms in Information Visualisation and Manipulation (NPIV) <1997, Las Vegas/Nev.>
International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) <6, 1997, Las Vegas/Nev.>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
architecture; cooperation; distributed system; integration; software agents; Three-Dimensional Graphics; usability; user interface; Virtual collaborative environment; Vision and Scenic Understanding

Our research efforts have been concentrated on determining how the distributed workplace can be transformed into a shared virtual environment. Interaction among people and processes in this virtual world has to be provided. To enhance the usability of our virtual collaborative environment we integrated software agents. These agents support the user and his interaction with objekts within the virtual world. The main goal includes the implementation of helpers, personal assistants, and tour guides. In this paper, we describe the basic needs for integrating agents into virtual worlds as well as techniques to map live video streams and applications into our VR environment. As a proof of concept, agents controlling the access to virtual rooms have been developed and integrated in a video-textured environment.