Guided Conversations about Leadership: Mentoring with Movies and Interactive Characters

Randall Hill, Jr., Jay Douglas, Andrew Gordon, Fred Pighin, and Martin van Velsen

Think Like a Commander -- Excellence in Leadership (TLAC-XL) is an application designed for learning leadership skills both from the experiences of others and through a structured dialogue about issues raised in a vignette. The participant watches a movie, interacts with a synthetic mentor and interviews characters in the story. The goal is to enable leaders to learn the human dimensions of leadership, addressing a gap in the training tools currently available to the U.S. Army. The TLAC-XL application employs a number of Artificial Intelligence technologies, including the use of a coordination architecture, a machine learning approach to natural language processing, and an algorithm for the automated animation of rendered human faces.

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