Children Interpretation of Emotional Body Language Displayed by a Robot

TitleChildren Interpretation of Emotional Body Language Displayed by a Robot
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBeck, A, Cañamero, L, Damiano, L, Sommavilla, G, Tesser, F, Cosi, P
Name of ProceedingsProc. 3rd International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2011)
Conference LocationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN Number978-3-642-25504-5

Previous results show that adults are able to interpret different key poses displayed by the robot and also that changing the head position affects the expressiveness of the key poses in a consistent way. Moving the head down leads to decreased arousal (the level of energy), valence (positive or negative) and stance (approaching or avoiding) whereas moving the head up produces an increase along these dimensions [1]. Hence, changing the head position during an interaction should send intuitive signals which could be used during an interaction. The ALIZ-E target group are children between the age of 8 and 11. Existing results suggest that they would be able to interpret human emotional body language [2, 3].

Based on these results, an experiment was conducted to test whether the results of [1] can be applied to children. If yes body postures and head position could be used to convey emotions during an interaction.