Temporal association rules of social signals for the synthesis of behaviors of embodied conversationnal agents. Application to interpersonal stance

Temporal association rules of social signals for the synthesis of behaviors of embodied conversationnal agents. Application to interpersonal stance

Thomas Janssoone Chloé Clavel Kévin Bailly Gaël Richard 

Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS, ISIR, 4 place Jussieu, 75252 Paris, France

LTCI, Télécom ParisTech, Université Paris Saclay, Paris, France

Corresponding Author Email: 
prenom.nom@isir.upmc.fr; prenom.nom@telecom-paristech.fr
31 October 2017
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In the field of Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) one of the main challenges is to generate socially believable agents. The long run objective of the present study is to infer rules for the multimodal generation of agents’ socio-emotional behaviour. In this paper, we introduce the Social Multimodal Association Rules with Timing (SMART) algorithm. It proposes to learn the rules from the analysis of a multimodal corpus composed by audio-video recordings of human-human interactions. The proposed methodology consists in applying a Sequence Mining algorithm using automatically extracted Social Signals such as prosody, head movements and facial muscles activation as an input. This allows us to infer Temporal Association Rules for the behaviour generation. We show that this method can automatically compute Temporal Association Rules coherent with prior results found in the literature especially in the psychology and sociology fields. The results of a perceptive evaluation confirms the ability of a Temporal Association Rules based agent to express a specific stance.


temporal association rules, TITARL, virtual agent, interpersonal stance, social signal processing

1. Introduction
2. État de l’art
3. SMART : trouver l’information temporelle liant les signaux sociaux
4. Validation : études selon différents signaux sociaux et différentes échelles de temps
5. Conclusion

Ce travail a été réalisé au sein du Labex SMART avec le support financier de l’État français, représenté par l’ANR, dans le cadre du programme Investissements d’Avenir sous la référence ANR-11-IDEX-0004-02. Les auteurs veulent également remercier la plate-forme Teralab pour son aide dans la réalisation de ce projet.


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