Meeting Behavior Detection in Smart Environments: Nonverbal Cues that Help to Obtain Natural Interaction

Mannes Poel, Ronald Walter Poppe, Antinus Nijholt

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    Unobtrusive and multiple-sensor interfaces enable observation of natural human behavior in smart environments. Being able to detect, analyze and interpret this activity allows for the implementation of various applications, including real-time surveillance and real-time support in smart home and office environments. We focus on smart meeting environments, where nonverbal behavioral cues sometimes tell more about issues such as discussion participation, involvement and contribution, than information obtained from verbal contributions. An important aspect of this behavior is the interaction between meeting participants. We regard the special case where some of the participants are at physically different locations, which hinders natural interaction. We discuss how we can exploit the ability of a sensor-equipped environment to detect nonverbal interaction cues and use these to allow and improve natural interaction between collaborating participants at distributed locations. We focus on research efforts to detect nonverbal interaction cues by looking at various modalities. Also, we discuss how information obtained from the fusion of these modalities allows us to generate and display behavioral cues that allow remote participants to take part in a distributed meeting in a natural way.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings 8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition (FG 2008)
    EditorsJ. Cohn, T.S Huang, Maja Pantic, N. Sebe
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2154-1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2008
    Event8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, FG 2008 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 17 Sep 200819 Sep 2008
    Conference number: 8

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


    Conference8th IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition, FG 2008
    Abbreviated titleFG


    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/033812
    • EWI-13355
    • IR-64947
    • METIS-254885

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