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Multimodal Human-Machine Interaction including Virtual Humans or Social Robots
Tuesday, 03 November
14:15 - 18:00
Kobe Int’l Conference Center, Room 503, Level 5

Multimodal Human-Machine Interaction including Virtual Humans or Social Robots

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This course will cover the basics of multi-modal human-machine interaction and will discuss the concept of embodied Machines represented by Virtual Humans or Social Robots. It will present the ongoing research on the Human-Man Machine Interaction and what are the problems to solve and what is still missing. Major methods of gestures recognition will be shown, such as gaze, hand and body recognition. Then the concept of awareness, intelligence will be also discussed and the way how we model the interaction with Virtual Humans or social Robots. An introduction to the personality, mood and emotions of the robot modelling will be shown and demonstrated. The multiparty interaction problems including several real users and Virtual Humans and Social Robots will be introduced. Several research case studies will be shown to illustrate the problems. Examples of a very realistic human like social robot interacting with real humans will also be shown. At the end of the course, attendees should have a clear view of the research questions and some solutions on how to model the relationship between Social robots, Virtual Humans and real persons.

Daniel Thalmann, Nanyang Technological University
Nadia Magnenat Thalmann, Nanyang Technological University

Daniel Thalmann
NTU, Singapore and EPFL, Switzerland
Prof. Daniel Thalmann is with the Institute for Media Innovation at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is a pioneer in research on Virtual Humans. He has been the Founder of VRlab, EPFL, Switzerland. He is coeditor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds. He received his PhD in Computer Science in 1977 and an Honorary Doctorate from University Paul- Sabatier in Toulouse, France, in 2003. He also received the Eurographics Distinguished Career Award in 2010 and the 2012 Canadian Human Computer Communications Society Achievement Award.

Nadia Magnenat Thalmann
NTU, Singapore and University of Geneva
Prof. Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is currently Professor and Director of the Institute for Media Innovation, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also the Founder and Director of the MIRALab, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal The Visual Computer (Springer-Verlag). Her research area is the modelling of Virtual Humans and Social Robots. All over her career, she has received many artistic and scientific Awards, among them the 2012 Humboldt Research Award, and two Doctor honoris Causa (University of Hanover, Germany and University of Ottawa)

People with some knowledge on multimodal interaction techniques who want to get to a broader state of the art and also a quick entry to the embodied machines (Virtual Humans and Social Robots) as extended partners of a multimodal multiparty interaction.

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