How to Leverage AI Agents in a VR Lab

May 8, 2024

Embedded in VR applications, AI agents can serve powerful roles in social interaction studies that combine VR, AI, and avatars. With Vizard and SightLab VR Pro, AI agents are at your fingertips for breaking ground in your research projects. They can adapt to user behavior in real-time, offering personalized highly engaging experiences. In this blog post, learn about specific use cases and how to leverage AI agents in your VR lab.

AI agents, when embedded within VR applications, can serve multiple roles from instructors and guides to participants in complex simulations. These agents, powered by advanced AI algorithms, can adapt to individual user behaviors, offering personalized experiences that are both engaging and educational. 

For a “how-to” guide on bringing AI agents into your experiments and applications using SightLab VR Pro and Vizard, please see our March 2024 Tech Tip

Please also watch our video demonstrating interaction with an AI agent in a virtual scene.

Enhanced Interaction

  1. AI agents can interact with users in a realistic manner, responding to verbal and non-verbal cues with human-like awareness. This capability makes them ideal for roles such as virtual trainers in medical training simulations or as customer service reps in business training modules.

    The responses from the AI can either be dynamic and open, or can be limited in varying degrees, from a prompt that keeps an AI within certain guidelines, to having a list of pre-written responses that the AI chooses from based on the user interactions. 

Scalable Learning Environments

  1. With AI agents, VR labs can scale their training programs efficiently. A single AI agent can serve numerous students, providing consistent training experiences without the need for a large number of human instructors.

Dynamic Scenario Generation

  1. AI agents can generate dynamic scenarios that adapt to the user’s performance in real-time, creating a highly effective learning environment. This is particularly useful in fields like emergency response training, where adaptability to evolving situations is crucial.

Data Collection and Analysis

  1. As users interact with AI agents, these interactions generate valuable data. Leveraging SightLab VR Pro’s built in data collection session review and analysis capabilities can allow for continuous improvement of training modules and user experiences.

Implementing AI Agents in VR Labs

With SightLab VR Pro, the implementation of AI agents into VR labs is fairly straightforward and would not require any coding to get started . 

  • Modifiable to use various LLMS, such as Chat GPT or Anthropic’s Claude
  • Use speech recognition to interact with the agent
  • Receive responses with an animated avatar that uses text to speech models such as elevenlabs or openai
  • Connect to a large library of customizable avatars
  • Customize the environment, interactivity, prompts, and more
  • Collect, playback and visualize data such as interactions, eye tracking, audio transcriptions, response time, and much more
  • Connect with a large selection of hardware, including VR headsets, eye tracking, physiological measurement devices, full body tracking and lots more
  • Also will work with augmented reality

See this article on how to add them to your application. 

Use Cases

Military Training

  • AI-driven XR applications are utilized for training military personnel, where AI agents act as adversaries or decision-makers in simulation scenarios. This allows for realistic and adaptable training experiences that help improve strategic decision-making skills under various conditions.

Medical Training

  • Use AI agents to simulate patient interactions for medical students, improving their diagnostic skills without the risk of real-world consequences.

Disaster Response Training

  • Create a VR setup for emergency responders where AI agents create varying emergency scenarios in real-time, enhancing decision-making skills under pressure.


  • Interactive learning environments where students can engage with AI-driven tutors and practice language skills, public speaking, or other interpersonal skills. SightLab also has a built-in AI agent tool for creating educational experiences where users can click on various elements in a scene, get more information and ask questions. 

Please see this video demonstration of AI for Education in SightLab VR Pro.

Academic Research

  • Studies on human-computer interaction, open conversation social interactions or more closed ones with scripted or highly constrained responses

Entertainment and Social Interaction

  • In entertainment, these agents can create more immersive gaming and interactive experiences. Socially, they can simulate real-life social interactions, helping users improve their social skills or overcome social anxieties.

Enhancing Communication
Hybrid agent-avatars, which combine user-controlled and AI-driven behaviors, can be used to enhance virtual communication. For example, mimicking behaviors or altering gaze and expressions to create more engaging and empathetic interactions.


  • AI agents are employed within XR gaming environments to enhance interactivity and realism. These agents can adapt to players' actions and strategies, providing a responsive and challenging experience. AI also helps in creating dynamic game scenarios and non-player character behaviors.

AI agents represent a powerful tool for VR labs, offering scalable, efficient, and dynamic solutions that can significantly enhance user engagement and learning outcomes. As this technology evolves, its integration with VR will continue to unlock new potentials in the way we simulate and interact with digital environments.

Interested in integrating AI agents into your VR lab? Contact our team at  for a consultation on how to get started and transform your virtual environments with the power of AI. For a deeper dive into using the Avaturn library as one potential option for avatar agents in VR see this month’s tech tip

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