Center for Human Modeling and Simulation

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version

October 1998


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Gesture and speech are two very important behaviors for virtual humans. They are not isolated from each other but generally employed simultaneously in the service of the same intention. An underlying PaT-Net parallel finite-state machine may be used to coordinate them both. Gesture selection is not arbitrary. Typical movements correlated with specific textual elements are used to select and produce gesticulation online. This enhances the expressiveness of speaking virtual humans.


virtual human, agent, avatar, gesture, posture, PaT-Nets



Date Posted: 12 July 2007

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