Working notes, "Communicative Agents" Workshop, Autonomous Agents '99, Seattle, WA, 1999.
In this paper, a virtual anthropomorphic agent is presented which is based on an articulated
figure. Based on preceding work in this line, the aim of our current research is to make the
agent able to perform coverbal gestures in a natural fashion. Besides the selection of the
appropriate body movement to be performed as coverbal gesture, another crucial point is the
correct timing of the motion with respect to the generated spoken utterance. The relationships
between speech and gesture are discussed and consequences for generating coverbal gesturing
and animation control of an articulated agent are drawn.