Cubus: Autonomous Embodied Characters to Stimulate Creative Idea Generation in Groups of Children

  • André PiresEmail author
  • Patrícia Alves-OliveiraEmail author
  • Patrícia ArriagaEmail author
  • Carlos MartinhoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10498)


Creativity is an ability that is crucial in nowadays societies. It is, therefore, important to develop activities that stimulate creativity at a very young age. It seems, however, that there is a lack of tools to support these activities. In this paper, we introduce Cubus, a tool that uses autonomous synthetic characters to stimulate idea generation in groups of children during a storytelling activity. With Cubus, children can invent a story and use the stop-motion technique to record a movie depicting it. In this paper, we explain Cubus’ system design and architecture and present the evaluation of Cubus’ impact in a creative task. This evaluation investigated idea generation in groups of children during their creative process of storytelling. Results showed that the autonomous behaviors of Cubus’ virtual agents contributed to the generation of more ideas in children, a key dimension of creativity.


Autonomous virtual agents Child-agent interaction Creativity support tool Group creativity with children Creative storytelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.INESC-IDPorto SalvoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversity of LisbonPorto SalvoPortugal
  3. 3.Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CIS-IULLisboaPortugal

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