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Perception of Mechanical Sounds Inherent to Expressive Gestures of a NAO Robot - Implications for Movement Sonification of Humanoids
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Sound and Music Computing)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4422-5223
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. (Sound and Music Computing)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3086-0322
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7801-7617
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 15th Sound and Music Computing Conference / [ed] Anastasia Georgaki and Areti Andreopoulou, Limassol, Cyprus, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we present a pilot study carried out within the project SONAO. The SONAO project aims to compen- sate for limitations in robot communicative channels with an increased clarity of Non-Verbal Communication (NVC) through expressive gestures and non-verbal sounds. More specifically, the purpose of the project is to use move- ment sonification of expressive robot gestures to improve Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). The pilot study described in this paper focuses on mechanical robot sounds, i.e. sounds that have not been specifically designed for HRI but are inherent to robot movement. Results indicated a low correspondence between perceptual ratings of mechanical robot sounds and emotions communicated through ges- tures. In general, the mechanical sounds themselves ap- peared not to carry much emotional information compared to video stimuli of expressive gestures. However, some mechanical sounds did communicate certain emotions, e.g. frustration. In general, the sounds appeared to commu- nicate arousal more effectively than valence. We discuss potential issues and possibilities for the sonification of ex- pressive robot gestures and the role of mechanical sounds in such a context. Emphasis is put on the need to mask or alter sounds inherent to robot movement, using for exam- ple blended sonification.

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Limassol, Cyprus, 2018.
Keywords [en]
sonification, interactive sonification, auditory feedback, sound perception, expressive gestures, NAO robot, humanoid, sound and music computing
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Media and Communication Technology Human Computer Interaction Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems) Other Computer and Information Science Media Engineering
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Media Technology; Human-computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239167DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1422499ISBN: 978-9963-697-30-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239167DiVA, id: diva2:1263966
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Sound and Music Computing
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SONAO
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-03979
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QC 20181211

Available from: 2018-11-19 Created: 2018-11-19 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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