Towards Bi-directional Dancing Interaction

Dennis Reidsma, Herwin van Welbergen, Ronald Poppe, Pieter Bos, Anton Nijholt

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    Dancing is an entertaining form of taskless interaction.When interacting with a dancing Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA), the lack of a clear task presents the challenge of eliciting an interaction between user and ECA in a different way. In this paper we describe our Virtual Dancer, which is an ECA that invites a user to dance. In our system the user is monitored using global movement characteristics from a camera and a dance pad. The characteristics are used to select and adapt movements for the Virtual Dancer. This way, the user can dance together with the Virtual Dancer. Any interaction patterns and implicit relations between the dance behaviour of the human and the Virtual Dancer should be evoked intuitively without explicit appeal. The work described in this paper can be used as a platform for research into natural animation and user invitation behavior. We discuss future work on both topics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEntertainment Computing - ICEC 2006
    Subtitle of host publication5th International Conference, Cambridge, UK, September 20-22, 2006. Proceedings
    EditorsRichard Harper, Matthias Rauterberg, Marco Combetto
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-45261-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-45259-1
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006
    Event5th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2006 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Duration: 20 Sep 200622 Sep 2006
    Conference number: 5

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference5th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2006
    Abbreviated titleICEC
    CountryUnited Kingdom


    • EWI-8380
    • IR-63745
    • METIS-238720

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