Embodied conversational agent for emotional recognition training

Daher, Karl (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Bardelli, Zeno (University of fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland) ; Casas, Jacky (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Mugellini, Elena (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Khaled, Omar Abou (School of Engineering and Architecture (HEIA-FR), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Lalanne, Denis (University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland)

Avatars were known in the world of video games, where heroes with specific characters, attributes and powers are assigned to players. However, avatars are evolving and reaching domains like companions, assistants and tutors. These avatars now use speech, facial expression, body language or text to interact with humans. When we say interaction, we say emotional expression and empathy. Avatars are still short in the emotional and empathic world; it cannot express nor share emotions. In this paper, we research the emotional avatar world, and we present the Anthropomorphic Chatbot for Emotion Recognition (ACER), an empathic friend companion designed for children. The goal of ACER is to teach children about emotions by expressing it through facial expressions and body language while texting through a chat. An experiment was held to test the avatar effect. Qualitative and quantitative results show users positive emotions tending towards having a chat with ACER with facial and body expressions instead of only ACERs chatbot.


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Conference Type:
non-published full paper
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEIA-FR
Institute:
HumanTech - Technology for Human Wellbeing Institute
Publisher:
Valencia, Spain, 21-25 November 2020
Date:
2020-11
Valencia, Spain
21-25 November 2020
Pagination:
7 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of ThinkMind, ACHI 2020 : The Thirteenth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, 21-25 November 2020, Valencia, Spain
ISSN:
2308-4138
ISBN:
9781612087610
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