Design of the humanoid robot KOBIAN - preliminary analysis of facial and whole body emotion expression capabilities-

Massimiliano Zecca, Nobutsuna Endo, Shimpei Momoki, Kazuko Itoh, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

Personal robots and robot technology (RT)-based assistive devices are expected to play a major role in our elderlydominated society, with an active participation to joint works and community life with humans, as partner and as friends for us. In particular, these robots are expected to be fundamental for helping and assisting elderly and disabled people during their activities of daily living (ADLs). To achieve this result, personal robots should be capable of human-like emotion expressions; in addition, human-like bipedal walking is the best solution for the robots which should be active in the human living environment. Although several bipedal robots and several emotional expression robots have been developed in the recent years, until now there was no robot which integrated all these functions. Therefore we developed a new bipedal walking robot, named KOBIAN, which is also capable to express human-like emotions. In this paper, we present the design and the preliminary evaluation of the new emotional expression head. The preliminary results showed that the emotion expressed by only the head cannot be really easily understood by the users. However, the presence of a full body clearly enhances the emotion expression capability of the robot, thus proving the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008
Pages487-492
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2008 Dec 12008 Dec 3

Publication series

Name2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008

Conference

Conference2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period08/12/108/12/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Zecca, M., Endo, N., Momoki, S., Itoh, K., & Takanishi, A. (2008). Design of the humanoid robot KOBIAN - preliminary analysis of facial and whole body emotion expression capabilities-. In 2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008 (pp. 487-492). [4755969] (2008 8th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Humanoids 2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHR.2008.4755969