M.Sc. M.Sc. Klaus Weber


Wiss. Mitarbeiter

Tel.: +49 821 598 - 2329
Room: 2040N
Address: Universitätsstr. 6a
D-86159 Augsburg

Research Interests

Personalized Trust, Trust Building, Adaptable Persuasiveness, Virtual Agents, Reinforcement Learning

Argumentations skills are key skills that virtual agents should also be aware of. Argumentation is "the action or process of reasoning systematically in support of an idea, action or theory.". Arguing or debating agents can learn logical argumentation structures, optimize them and win debates in so-called Argumentation Games (Markov Games). However, it can often be more important how to present arguments: Gestures, Gaze and Voice often play a more important role than the argument itself. My research focus is on Argumentation Games between agents and the exploration of how persuasiveness can autonomously be optimized using Reinforcement Learning so as to learn the best "game strategy". Especially the aspect of whether or not agents can be persuasive using the right behavior even if they are losing the "game" is of high interest.


EVA How to Win Arguments - Empowering Virtual Agents to Improve their Persuasiveness

In this project, agents will learn argumentation strategies in debates using Reinforcement Learning that will be presented along with behavioral multimodal strategies. We aim to explore the agents' perceieved credibility and whether or not different strategies change their credibility perceived by human users.

Further information

Theses and Student Projects

I supervise students interested in topics related to Multimodal Persuasion, Argumentation Games, Virtual Agents, and/or Reinforcement Learning. Please send me an e-mail with either an own topic suggestion or ask for an appointment. I like to regard Project-, Practial modules work as a first step towards identifying a potential follow-up Bachelor's or Master's thesis. Topics are similiar to Bachelor's or Master's theses topics but less focussed and more explorative. Theses can either be written in English or German.

To be assigned:

Audio generation of political debates using GANs to study persuasive factors (Master's Thesis)

see German website

Contact persons: Klaus Weber


Development of an Animation Toolkit (Project Module)

see German website

Assigned to: Till Sehlen
Gesture training based on polit corpora (Practical Module) Assigned to: Eva Pohlen, Lukas Tinnes
Persuasive speech using nlg with variation of prosody (Master's Thesis) Assigned to: Levent Yildiz


Spreadle - Eine App für kollaboratives Ideenmanagement und Entscheidungsfindung (Bachelor's Thesis) Assigned to: Stefan Winterholler


Emotion Recognition Based Preference Modelling in Argumentative Dialogue Systems Niklas Rach, Klaus Weber, Annalena Aicher, Florian Lingenfelser, Elisabeth André, Wolfgang Minker Accpeted in IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom '19)
EVA: A Multimodal Argumentative Dialogue System Niklas Rach, Klaus Weber, Louisa Pragst, Elisabeth André, Wolfgang Minker, Stefan Ultes Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '18)
How to Shape the Humor of a Robot - Social Behavior Adaptation Based on Reinforcement Learning Klaus Weber, Hannes Ritschel, Ilhan Aslan, Florian Lingenfelser, Elisabeth André Proceedings of the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '18) Best Paper Runner-Up
Real-Time Adaptation of a Robotic Joke Teller Based on Human Social Signals Klaus Weber, Hannes Ritschel, Florian Lingenfelser, Elisabeth André Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS '18)