To Whom are You Talking? A DL model to Endow Social Robots with Addressee Estimation Skills

Angelo Cangelosi, Carlo Mazzola, Marta Romeo, Francesco Rea, Alessandra Sciutti

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Abstract

Communicating shapes our social word. For a robot to be considered social and being consequently integrated in our social environment it is fundamental to understand some of the dynamics that rule human-human communication. In this work, we tackle the problem of Addressee Estimation, the ability to understand an utterance’s addressee, by interpreting and exploiting non-verbal bodily cues from the speaker. We do so by implementing an hybrid deep learning model composed of convolutional layers and LSTM cells taking as input images portraying the face of the speaker and 2D vectors of the speaker’s body posture. Our implementation choices were guided by the aim to develop a model that could be deployed on social robots and be efficient in ecological scenarios. We demonstrate that our model is able to solve the Addressee Estimation problem in terms of addressee localisation in space, from a robot ego-centric point of view.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2023)
PublisherIEEE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2023

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