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Mr. Shen Zhihao received Best Paper Award in IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics & Mechatronics (ICARM)

Mr. Shen Zhihao (2nd year doctoral student in Chong Lab of Intelligent Robotics Area), received Best Paper Award in IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics & Mechatronics (ICARM).

IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics & Mechatronics (ICARM) is the flagship conference of both IEEE-SMC(Systems,Man,and Cybernetics Society) TC on Bio-mechatronics and Bio-robotics Systems, and IEEE-RAS(Robotics & Automation Society) TC on Neuro-Robotics Systems.ICARM was held in Toyonaka Campus,Osaka University,Japan,from 3 to 5 July,2019.

■Date Awarded
July 4, 2019

■Title
Nonverbal Behavior Cue for Recognizing Human Personality Traits in Human-Robot Social Interaction

■Authors
Zhihao Shen, Armagan Elibol, and Nak Young Chong

■Abstract
In parallel to breathtaking advancements in Robotics, more and more researchers have been focusing on enhancing the quality of human-robot interaction (HRI) by endowing the robot with the abilities to understand its user's intention, emotion, and many others. The personality traits can be defined as human characters that can affect the behaviors of the speaker and listener, and the impressions about each other In this paper, we proposed a new framework that enables the robot to easily extract the participants' visual features such as gaze, head motion, and body motion as well as the vocal features such as pitch, energy, and Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficient (MFCC). The experiments were designed based on an idea that the robot is an individual during the interaction, therefore, the interaction data were extracted without external devices except for the robot itself. The Pepper robot posed a series of questions and recorded the habitual behaviors of each participant, meanwhile, whose personality traits were assessed by a questionnaire. At last, a linear regression model can be trained with the participants' habitual behaviors and the personality traits label. For simplicity, we used the binary labels to indicate that the participant is high or low on each trait. And the experimental results showed the promising performance on inferring personality traits with the user's simple social cues during social communication with the robot toward a long-term human-robot partnership.

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9,July 2019

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