Disambiguating Affective Stimulus Associations for Robot Perception and Dialogue

IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pages 433--440 - Nov 2018.
Associated documents : SSBKMW18.pdf [3.9Mo]  

Effectively recognising and applying emotions to interactions is a highly desirable trait for social robots. Implicitly understanding how subjects experience different kinds of actions and objects in the world is crucial for natural HRI interactions, with the possibility to perform positive actions and avoid negative actions. In this paper, we utilize the NICO robot's appearance and capabilities to give the NICO the ability to model a coherent affective association between a perceived auditory stimulus and a temporally asynchronous emotion expression. This is done by combining evaluations of emotional valence from vision and language. NICO uses this information to make decisions about when to extend conversations in order to accrue more affective information if the representation of the association is not coherent. Our primary contribution is providing a NICO robot with the ability to learn the affective associations between a perceived auditory stimulus and an emotional expression. NICO is able to do this for both individual subjects and specific stimuli, with the aid of an emotion-driven dialogue system that rectifies emotional expression incoherences. The robot is then able to use this information to determine a subject's enjoyment of perceived auditory stimuli in a real HRI scenario.

 

This work has received funding from the European Union under the SOCRATES project (No. 721619). For more information about the SOCRATES project, visit this link.

@InProceedings\{SSBKMW18,
  author       = "Siqueira, Henrique and Sutherland, Alexander and Barros, Pablo and Kerzel, Matthias and Magg, Sven and Wermter, Stefan",
  title        = "Disambiguating Affective Stimulus Associations for Robot Perception and Dialogue",
  booktitle    = "IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids)",
  pages        = "433--440",
  month        = "Nov",
  year         = "2018",
  url          = "https://www2.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/wtm/publications/2018/SSBKMW18/"
}

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