Aaron Rodriguez - Developing the Future with VR and AR

Research

- Before we can have a significant solution, we must come up with a substantial question. -

       I currently conduct research at UTEP with Interaction Systems Group (ISG) in the AGENT team subsection. We focus on studying what helps build rapport between humans and Embodied Conversational Agents (ECAs). The team also develops tools that help the overall process of building ECAs. Looking toward to the future, many of our current experiments are built for virtual reality (VR) devices. This allows us to utilize the immersive nature of VR in our human-ECA rapport building studies. While obstacles always lie ahead in ground-breaking research, we are pushing toward autonomy of our agents to give humans greater notions of choice in ECA interactions. Below is a list of projects I have worked on and am currently on; if any interest you, check them out!