PhD Thesis

New communication language between robots and human with gestures and computer vision techniques

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We propose a model of embodied communications focusing on body movements. Moreover, we will explore the validity of the model through psychological experiments on human-human and human-robot communications involving giving/receiving route directions. The proposed model emphasises that, in order to achieve smooth communications, it is important for a relationship to emerge from a mutually entrained gesture and for a joint viewpoint to be obtained by this relationship. The experiments will investigate the correlations between body movements and utterance understanding in order to con-firm the importance of the two points described above. We will use ivo robot so that we can control parameters in experiments and discuss the issues related to the interaction between humans and artifacts.