Generation of Virtual Characters from Personality Traits

Fabrizio Nunnari, Alexis Heloir

In: Jonas Beskow , Christopher Peters , Ginevra Castellano , Carol O'Sullivan , Iolanda Leite , Stefan Kopp (Hrsg.). Intelligent Virtual Agents: 17th International Conference, Proceedings. International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA-17) 17th August 28-30 Stockholm Sweden Seiten 301-314 ISBN 978-3-319-67401-8 Springer International Publishing 2017.


We present a method to generate a virtual character whose physical attributes reflect public opinion of a given personality profile. An initial reverse correlation experiment trains a model which explains the perception of personality traits from physical attributes. The reverse model, solved using linear programming, allows for the real-time generation of virtual characters from an input personality. The method has been applied on three personality traits (dominance, trustworthiness, and agreeableness) and 14 physical attributes and verified through both an analytic test and a subjective study.

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Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence