Perception of emotion and emotional intensity in humanoid robots gait

Matthieu Destephe, Andreas Henning, Massimiliano Zecca, Kenji Hashimoto, Atsuo Takanishi

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Humanoid robots progress everyday closer and closer to a more stable walking suitable for a human environment as the researchers in the Humanoid robotics field focus their effort on the understanding of the human locomotion. Nonetheless for Social Robotics researchers, humanoid robots might have another use, such as being our companions from birth to nursing home. Designing social humanoid robots is one critical step if we want the robots to be active in our society. However, to our knowledge, only a few studies in the area of humanoid robotics have addressed emotion expression with robot gaits. In this paper we propose to assess different emotional gait patterns and the perception of the emotion intensity in those patterns. Actors' emotional movement were captured and then normalized for our robot platform. Several robot simulations were shown to human observers who completed a survey questionnaire in which they indicated their assessment of the portrayed emotion by the robot simulation. The surveyed emotions consist of Sadness, Happiness, Anger, Fear with different intensities (Intermediate, High and Exaggerated). We achieved a high recognition rate of emotions (72.32%). Even if the intensities were less well recognized (33.63%), our study indicates that the intensity might help the recognition of emotional walking.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2013 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 2013 Dec 122013 Dec 14


Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biotechnology


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