Affective Body Movements (for Robots) Across Cultures

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Humans are very good in expressing and interpreting emotions from a variety of different sources like voice, facial expression, or body movements. In this article, we concentrate on body movements and show that those are not only a source of affective information but might also have a different interpretation in different cultures. To cope with these multiple viewpoints in generating and interpreting body movements in robots, we suggest a methodological approach that takes the cultural background of the developer and the user into account during the development process. We exemplify this approach with a study on creating an affective knocking movement for a humanoid robot and give details about a co-creation experiment for collecting a cross-cultural database on affective body movements and about the probabilistic model derived from this data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Culturally-Aware Intelligent Systems and in Cross-Cultural Psychological Studies
EditorsColette Faucher
Number of pages24
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-67022-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-67024-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
SeriesIntelligent Systems Reference Library


  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Culturally Aware Technology
  • Affective Computing


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