The aim of this PhD Thesis consists in developing a cognitive architecture able to reproduce the dynamics of the coupling between two humans during a bodily interaction. Various phenomena such as synchrony, imitation and subtle behavioral variations that emerge in human interactions are taken into account. The final goal is the real-time animation of a virtual character during the interaction with a user. The subject of the thesis is: Cognitive Architecture for a bodily coupling between human and virtual creature.
The work of this thesis is divided into two main parts. The first part aims to define and implement a well-suited architecture. The second part consists in evaluating the credibility of the autonomous virtual character and the first person experience of users while interacting with it.
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Monthly net salary: 1371 euro.
Beginning of work: September 2012.