Laugh To Me! Implementing Emotional Escalation on Autonomous Agents for Creating a Comic Sketch

  • André Carvalho
  • António Brisson
  • Ana Paiva
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7648)


The growing interest for Interactive Storytelling has lead the research into the exploration of this new media in classical story genres. In our research, we develop autonomous agents that act in a storytelling context with a comic purpose. We present a comic sketch model for autonomous agents with affective reasoning. The agents that use this model prepare the timing of the comic punchline by reasoning about emotional states in a process called Emotional Escalation. The punchline used for our test scenario, as well as the personality of the comic characters is based on the humour theory of incongruity-resolution.


Autonomous Agents Humour Emotional Escalation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • André Carvalho
    • 1
  • António Brisson
    • 1
  • Ana Paiva
    • 1
  1. 1.INESC-ID and Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade Técnica de LisboaPorto SalvoPortugal

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