Realistic facial expressions by SMA driven face robot

Fumio Hara, Hidetoshi Akazawa, Hiroshi Kobayashi

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Abstract

The goal of this study is to investigate the intelligence of non-verbal communication taking place between anthropomorphic agent and human when the agent works together with human. For this purpose, it seems necessary to build an anthropomorphic robot as a test bed and/or platform that can recognize and express nonverbal messages. As face and facial expression are very crucial for non-verbal communication channel, we have been developing a human-like face robot that can express facial expressions as similar as human face. The important factor of such face robot is reality of the face and facial expressions. While have used air cylinders with pressurized air for the Mark I face robot, we have decided to use a SMA (shape memory alloy) actuators driven by electricity. In this paper, we present the prototype of SMA-actuated new face robot and show its capability of producing 6 kinds of realistic facial expressions such as surprised, feared, angry, disgusted, sad and happy faces. The Kansei evaluation of these facial expressions shows a good expressiveness in the robotic facial expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 10th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, ROMAN 2001
Pages504-511
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Event10th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, ROMAN 2001 - Bordeaux and Paris, France
Duration: 18 Sep 200121 Sep 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication

Conference

Conference10th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, ROMAN 2001
CountryFrance
CityBordeaux and Paris
Period18/09/0121/09/01

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Hara, F., Akazawa, H., & Kobayashi, H. (2001). Realistic facial expressions by SMA driven face robot. In Proceedings - 10th IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, ROMAN 2001 (pp. 504-511). [981954] (Proceedings - IEEE International Workshop on Robot and Human Interactive Communication). https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2001.981954