Developing Preferential Attention to a Speaker: A Robot Learning to Recognise its Carer

TitleDeveloping Preferential Attention to a Speaker: A Robot Learning to Recognise its Carer
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMurray, J. C., & Cañamero L.
Name of ProceedingsProc. 2009 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2009)
Pagination77–84
Date Published03/2009
PublisherIEEE Press
Conference LocationNashville, TN
ISBN Number978-1-4244-2763-5
ISSN Number2160-6374
Abstract

In this paper we present a socially interactive multi-modal robotic head, ERWIN - Emotional Robot With Intelligent Networks, capable of emotion expression and interaction via speech and vision. The model presented shows how a robot can learn to attend to the voice of a specific speaker, providing a relevant emotional expressive response based on previous interactions. We show three aspects of the system; first, the learning phase, allowing the robot to learn faces and voices from interaction. Second, recognition of the learnt faces and voices, and third, the emotion expression aspect of the system. We show this from the perspective of an adult and child interacting and playing a small game, much like an infant and caregiver situation. We also discuss the importance of speaker recognition in terms of Human-Robot-Interaction and emotion, showing how the interaction process between a participant and ERWIN can allow the robot to prefer to attend to that person.

URLhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/4937697/
DOI10.1109/ALIFE.2009.4937697