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Using a robot head with a 3D face mask as a communication medium for telepresence
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Användande av ett robothuvud med en 3D-ansiktsmask som kommunikationsmedium för telenärvaro (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the viability of a new communication medium for telepresence, namely a robotic head with a 3D face mask. In order to investigate this, a program was developed for an existing social robot, enabling the robot to be used as a device reflecting the facial movements of the operator. A study is performed with the operator located in front of a computer with a web camera, connected to speak through the robot to two interlocutors located in a room with the robot. This setup is then compared to a regular video call. The results from this study show that the robot improves the presence of the operator in the room, along with providing enhanced simulated gaze direction and eye contact with the interlocutors. It is concluded that using a robotic head with a 3D face mask is a viable option for a communication medium for telepresence.

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats utforskar gångbarheten för ett nytt kommunikationsmedium för telenärvaro, nämligen ett robothuvud med en 3D-ansiktsmask. För att undersöka detta har ett program utvecklats för en existerande social robot, som möjliggör att roboten kan återspegla operatörens ansiktsrörelser. En studie utförs med en operatör placerad framför en dator med en webbkamera, där operatören kopplas genom roboten för att prata med två samtalspartner som är i samma rum som roboten. Detta arrangemang jämförs sedan med ett vanligt videosamtal. Resultaten från studie visar att roboten förbättrar operatörensnärvaro i rummet, och dessutom ger förbättrad simulerad blickriktning och ögonkontakt med samtalspartnerna. Slutligen fastställs att ett robothuvud med en 3D-ansiktsmask är ett gångbart kommunikationsmedium för telenärvaro.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Telepresence
Keyword [sv]
Telenärvaro
National Category
Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-171402OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-171402DiVA: diva2:843594
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Furhat Robotics AB
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
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Available from: 2015-07-30 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2015-07-30Bibliographically approved

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