The expression of mental states in a humanoid robot

Markus Lindberg, Hannes Sandberg, Marcus Liljenberg, Max Eriksson, Birger Johansson, Christian Balkenius

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We explore to what degree movement together with facial features in a humanoid robot, such as eyes and mouth, can be used to convey mental states. Several animation variants were iteratively tested in a series of experiments to reach a set of five expressive states that can be reliably expressed by the robot. These expressions combine biologically motivated cues such as eye movements and pupil dilation with elements that only have a conventional significance, such as changes in eye color.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 17th International Conference, IVA 2017, Proceedings
Number of pages4
Volume10498 LNAI
ISBN (Print)9783319674001
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 2017 Aug 272017 Aug 30

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10498 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference17th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents, IVA 2017

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)

Free keywords

  • Emotions
  • Humanoid robot
  • Mental states


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