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Mobile Humanoid Agent With Mood Awareness for Elderly Care

Authors: D. Wang and A.-H. Tan
Title: Mobile Humanoid Agent With Mood Awareness for Elderly Care
Abstract: Human, especially elderly, require frequent attention, continuous companionship, and deep understanding from the others. To provide more specific and appropriate tender care to the elderly, knowing their affective states is a great advantage. Recent work on human emotion recognition shows promising results that the expressive emotion can be successfully captured through visual, audio, and keyboard or touchpad stroke pattern signals. Furthermore, human activities are shown to be accurately recognizable with context by non-intrusive sensors within or connected to the smartphones. In this paper, we propose a computational model to characterize the affective states of the elderly based on the recognizable daily activities. Therefore, by integrating such an understanding module into a humanoid agent residing in the smartphone platform, we make the mobile agent more human-like. The initial knowledge of the activity-affect associations is taken from published work in psychology and gerontology. Based on the provided training signals, our model adapts the activity-affect knowledge accordingly. Consequently, by modeling mood awareness of the elderly, our agent can carry out more specific task and provide more appropriate tender care.
Keywords: Assisted living; Emotion recognition; Geriatrics; Humanoid robots; Mobile robots; Psychology; Sensors; Service robots; Smart phones
Conference Name: International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN'14)
Location: Beijing, China
Publisher: IEEE
Year: 2014
Accepted PDF File: Mobile_humanoid_agent_with_mood_awareness_for_elderly_care_accepted.pdf
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Reference: D. Wang and A.-H. Tan, “Mobile humanoid agent with mood awareness for elderly care,” in Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN’14). IEEE, July 2014, pp. 1549–1556.
   author	= {Wang, Di and Tan, Ah-Hwee},
   title	= {Mobile Humanoid Agent With Mood Awareness for Elderly Care},  
   booktitle	= {Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN'14)}, 
   year		= {2014}, 
   month	= {July}, 
   pages	= {1549-1556}, 
   location	= {Beijing, China},
   publisher	= {IEEE},