Developing “character” technology

DISTIL Interactive Ltd. and uOttawa secure $300,000 from Ontario Centres of Excellence and Precarn Inc. to commercialize the company’s ‘intelligent’ digital game characters. Distil, a maker of Distil.jpgvideo games for business training, says it partnered with the university to develop a technology that automates the creation of in-game digital characters that can coherently engage in rational, human-like behaviour, without the need for manually scripted interactions. The characters, or ‘intelligent agents,’ will be used to simulate actual work environments by providing more opportunities for interaction in training games. The project will be led by DISTIL’s top scientists, Dr. Shahzad Khan and Dr. Carrie Lavis, as well as Dr. Diana Inkpen, an associate professor in the university’s School of Information Technology and Engineering.

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