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Embodied head gesture and distance education
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. (i2lab)
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. (i2lab)
2015 (English)In: 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, 2015, Vol. 3, 2034-2041 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Traditional distance education settings are usually based on video teleconferencing scenarios where human emotions and social presence are only expressed by the facial and vocal expressions which are not enough for complete presence; our bodily gestures and actions play a vital role in understanding exact meaning of communication patterns; especially in teaching-learning scenarios. The bodily gestures especially head movements offer cues to understand contextual knowledge during conversational dialogue. In this work, we have considered the tutor’s head gesture embodiment for educational assistive robot and compared the results with the standard audio-video tele-conferencing scenarios used in online education. We have used Embodied Telepresence System (ETS) to investigate the distance communication for online education setting. Our ETS emulates the head gestures of the human tutor for distance education scenario. Our experimental study includes ten able-bodied subjects (5 male and 5 female) from various countries. These participants were asked to participate in online education scenario through i) a traditional video conferencing tool, i.e. Skype and ii) an extended setup based on ETS. The statistical analysis is done on the results which indicates the effectiveness of our novel embodied head gesture based approach in distance education setting. Our experimental studies show that the proposed design of embodied head gesture based ETS is able to improve the user engagement in distance education.

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2015. Vol. 3, 2034-2041 p.
, Procedia Manufacturing, ISSN 2351-9789
Keyword [en]
Robot mediated communication; Non-verbal communication; Distance Education; Embodied telepresence System (ETS); Head gesture; Human Robot Interaction; HCI
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Communication Systems Signal Processing Robotics Interaction Technologies
Research subject
Signal Processing; Computer Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109205DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.251OAI: diva2:855953
2nd International IBM Symposium on Human Factors, Software, and Systems Engineering, 26–30 July 2015, Las Vegas, United States
Available from: 2015-09-22 Created: 2015-09-22 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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