Designing Social Agents with Empathic Understanding

  • Zulfiqar A. Memon
  • Jan Treur
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5796)


This paper addresses the design of an agent model for a social agent capable of understanding other agents in an empathic way. The model describes how the empathic agent deals with another agent’s mental states and the associated feelings, thus not only understanding the other agent’s mental state but at the same time feeling the accompanying emotion of the other agent.


Mental State Body State Agent Model Level Versus Belief State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zulfiqar A. Memon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jan Treur
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Artificial IntelligenceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (Sukkur IBA)SindhPakistan

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