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Mixed-reality virtual agents are an attractive solution to the problems associated with human-robot interaction, allowing all the expressiveness of virtual characters to be married with the advantages of a physical artifact which exists in a shared environment with the user. However, common approaches to achieving this restrict the virtual characters appearing on top of, or encompassing the robot. This paper describes the Stepping Off the Stage system in which mixed-reality agents are allowed to step off the robot stage and move to other parts of the environment, offering compelling new interaction possibilities.
Mac Namee, B. & Kelleher, J. (2009) Stepping Off the Stage, The 22nd Annual Conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents (CASA '09), Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 17- 19, June. doi:10.21427/D7CG73