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Emotional interaction grounded in realistic context

Emotional interaction grounded in realistic context

Objective

Many everyday actions take place in a social and affective context and presuppose that the agents share this context. But current motion synthesis techniques, e.g. in computer graphics, mainly focus on physical factors. The role of other factors, and specifically psychological variables, is not yet well understood. The goal of the TANGO project is to take these familiar ideas about affective communication one radical step further by developing a framework to represent and model the essential interactive nature of social communication based on non- verbal communication with facial and bodily expression. TANGO will investigate interactions in real life contexts showing agents in daily situations such as navigation and affective communication. A central goal of the project is the development of a mathematical theory of emotional communicative behaviour. Theoretical developments and investigations of the neurofunctional basis of affective interactions will be combined with advanced methods from computer vision and computer graphics. Emotional interactions can be studied quantitatively in detail and can be transferred in technical systems that simulate believable emotional interactive behaviour. Based on the obtained experimental results and mathematical analysis, a new generation of technical devices establishing emotional communication between humans and machines will be developed. TANGO goes beyond the state of the art in theoretical scope, in methodological approaches and in innovative applications that are anticipated.

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Address

Warandelaan 2
5037 Ab Tilburg

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 544 259

Administrative Contact

Beatrice De Gelder (Prof.)

Participants (6)

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 307 800

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 349 799

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 474 911

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 449 110

WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 293 560

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 365 560

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 249858

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2010

  • End date

    31 March 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 592 890

  • EU contribution

    € 2 784 999

Coordinated by:

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands