Toward Natural Human-Robot Interaction: Exploring Facial Expression Synthesis on an Android Robot

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Executive Summary

Robots are entering domestic environments in increasing number. However, the present means for interacting with them is quite limited and difficult for people who are not technically inclined or able-bodied. Thus, many in the field of robotics are moving toward natural human robot interaction, which means allowing people the ability to communicate with robots in ways similar to how they communicate with other people, i.e., via verbal and nonverbal channels. This paper focuses on a part of this problem: how to accurately model and synthesize natural human facial expressions on a realistic, human-like robot head.

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