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Your Virtual Butler

The Making-of

  • Robert Trappl


  • Explores the making of your virtual, personalized artificial butler

  • Outlines necessary improvements of the state-of-the-art to develop the virtual butler into a welcome aid to a human being

  • Takes into account psychological and social considerations, experiences with/prerequisites for virtual or robotic companions, and further developments


Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7407)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 7407)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Introduction: From Jeeves to Jeannie to Siri, and Then?

  3. Part I:Psychological and Social Considerations

  4. Part II:Experiences with/Prerequisites for Virtual or Robotic Companions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Ginevra Castellano, Peter W. McOwan
      Pages 42-53
    3. Massimo Zancanaro, Silvia Gabrielli, Anthony Jameson, Chiara Leonardi, Elena Not, Fabio Pianesi
      Pages 70-78
    4. David Benyon, Oli Mival
      Pages 79-96
    5. Ulrich Reiser, Theo Jacobs, Georg Arbeiter, Christopher Parlitz, Kerstin Dautenhahn
      Pages 97-116
  5. Part III:Further Developments

  6. Back Matter

About this book


In most scenarios of the future a personalized virtual butler appears. This butler not only performs communication and coordination tasks but also gives recommendations on how to handle everyday problems.

The aim of this book is to explore the prerequisites of such a personalized virtual butler by asking: what is known about the capacities and the needs of aging people; which information and communication technologies have been used in assisting/conversing with persons, especially older ones, and what were the results; what are the advantages/disadvantages of virtual butlers as mainly software programs compared robots as butlers; and which methods, especially in artificial intelligence, have to be developed further and in which direction in order to create a virtual butler in the foreseeable future?


adaptive user interfaces aging people robot butler social companion virtual assistant

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Trappl
    • 1
  1. 1.Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Austrian Society for Cypernetic Studies (OSGK)ViennaAustria

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