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Affective Body Expression Perception and Recognition: A Survey
Jan.-March 2013 (vol. 4 no. 1)
pp. 15-33
Andrea Kleinsmith, University of London, London
Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, UCL Interaction Centre, London
Thanks to the decreasing cost of whole-body sensing technology and its increasing reliability, there is an increasing interest in, and understanding of, the role played by body expressions as a powerful affective communication channel. The aim of this survey is to review the literature on affective body expression perception and recognition. One issue is whether there are universal aspects to affect expression perception and recognition models or if they are affected by human factors such as culture. Next, we discuss the difference between form and movement information as studies have shown that they are governed by separate pathways in the brain. We also review psychological studies that have investigated bodily configurations to evaluate if specific features can be identified that contribute to the recognition of specific affective states. The survey then turns to automatic affect recognition systems using body expressions as at least one input modality. The survey ends by raising open questions on data collecting, labeling, modeling, and setting benchmarks for comparing automatic recognition systems.
Index Terms:
Face recognition,Emotion recognition,Data models,Cultural differences,cross-cultural differences,Face recognition,Emotion recognition,Data models,Cultural differences,spatiotemporal affective body features,Affective body posture,affective body movement,affective recognition systems
Citation:
Andrea Kleinsmith, Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, "Affective Body Expression Perception and Recognition: A Survey," IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 15-33, Jan.-March 2013, doi:10.1109/T-AFFC.2012.16
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